Maserati made its first ever race appearance in April 1926, and the brand has enjoyed a storied history in motorsport ever since. Racing fans will also recall that the great Juan Manuel Fangio made his racing debut with Maserati in the early 1950s. To celebrate its near century-long racing heritage and Fangio himself, Maserati has pulled the wraps off of the F Tributo Special Edition models for the Ghibli sedan and Levante SUV.
The F, as you might have guessed, stands for Fangio—a driver that even today is heralded as one of the most talented human beings to ever sit behind the wheel of a racing car. Both the Levante and the Ghibli are painted in stunning colors, with the hues themselves dripping with historical significance.
The Levante is finished in Rosso Tributo, Italy’s racing color. Ever wonder why Ferrari’s F1 cars still wear a similar scarlet hue? You might not have realized that early Maseratis, too, all raced in red. The special-edition Ghibli is painted in Azzuro Tributo, a color that—in combination with yellow—mark the colors of the city of Modena, Maserati’s historic home.
Both Maserati F Tributos are fitted with 21-inch gloss-black wheels wearing yellow trim that further establishes a link between these cars and Fangio’s Maserati 250F Formula 1 car. There also is “F-Tributo” badging and body colored triton logos on the C-pillars for a little extra pop. Inside, both cars will be fitted with all-black interiors with carbon-fiber accenting. Ghiblis get yellow contrast stitching, while the Levantes receive red.
If you’re a Fangio fan, appreciate Maserati’s heritage, or just want to stand out from the brigade of black and white dullness that patrols our roads these days, these two Masers might just be for you.