Maserati MC20 electric car debuts under a new brand and will surprise with powerSeptember 13, 2020
Details of Maserati’s electric models revealed
Maserati electric cars, including the “battery” version of the MC20 supercar, will enter the market under the new Folgore brand (translated from Italian Lightning). All “pure” Maserati electric vehicles will be three-engine and four-wheel drive, and the flagship MC20 Folgore will surprise you with a record for the production Maserati – over 630 forces.
Autoblog spoke with Maserati engineers and marketers to learn about the architecture of six future electric vehicles. All of them will receive a three-engine power plant with one electric motor on the front axle and two in the rear drive. The rear electric motors will be combined into a single unit, but there will be no mechanical connection between them, which will make it possible to implement a thrust vector control system.
Future battery-powered Maserati will get an 800-volt electrical system like the Porsche Taycan, which will improve overall efficiency and shorten charging times. For models without internal combustion engines, a separate Folgore sub-brand will be created, and the first-born of the new brand will not be the electric MC20, but the second-generation GranTurismo sports car.
In terms of performance, the Maserati MC20 Folgore will be out of competition – engineers do not disclose the peak output of the power plant, but say that the electric supercar will be “much more powerful” than the petrol MC20 with 630-horsepower (730 Nm) V6 3.0 Nettuno. Serious power is hinted at by the calculated characteristics of the MC20 Folgore: acceleration from standstill to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.8 seconds, top speed – over 310 kilometers per hour.
The chief designer of Maserati Klaus Busse said that the appearance of electric cars of the Italian brand will differ from the versions with internal combustion engines, since the transition to electric traction will get rid of unnecessary air intakes and create a “clean” image.
In the next four years, Maserati intends to globally update the lineup: the Quattroporte sedan, the Levante crossover and the GranTurismo / GranCabrio sports cars will replace the generation, the new Grecale compact SUV will debut, as well as the MC20 Spider modification with an open top.
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