Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
I've always had a bit of a thing for the fifth-generation Maserati Quattroporte. The name, dating back to the original QP of 1963, simply means 'four-door', which is a marvellously understated way of marking out the luxurious flagship in the model range. It's a big, imposing thing that's packed full of toys and quality materials, but the fact that it also happens to have a 4.2-litre V8 (or 4.7 in later cars) with Ferrari DNA coursing through it, that gives it supercar-baiting performance and a soundtrack like a choir of tortured angels, merely adds to the mystique. It's a luxury limo that secretly wants to be a race car.
...and in the case of the Quattroporte Evo, it actually is a race car. Now, you'd be forgiven for not having heard of the Superstars Series - it's been going since 2004 across Europe, although mainly in Italy, the rules requiring cars whose production brethren have four seats; non-turbo V8s are a must, and the grid's packed with M3s, RS4s and Panameras. It doesn't have a huge presence on the global petrolhead radar, but if machines like this are anything to go by, it really should. This QP Evo is the car that won the championship last year, driven to victory by long-time Ferrari/Maserati racer Andrea Bertolini, and as you can see it's packing a brutally wide body and aggression in spades.
We can draw two conclusions from this discovery. 1: we have a new race series to look out for. 2: someone should really build a Quattroporte road car that's as wide as this...
Spotted in the Cathedral Paddock att he 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed - click here for more photos.