What started in the spring of 1999, the Master Maserati project was a 2-day Master GT course, attended by 12 customers of the brand. This was held at the “Autodromo Riccardo Paletti” at Varano de’ Melegari under the supervision of Andrea de Adamich, a lifetime racing aficionado and former F1 driver, and his staff. Participants took the wheel of powerful 3200 GT coupé cars for a series of activities combined with specific on-track exercises, with state-of-the-art data acquisition systems to analyse their performance on the circuit, provide invaluable feedback and correct driving errors. The first instructors also included former F1 driver Ivan Capelli, now President of ACI (Italian Automobile Club) Milan. This driving academy celebrates its 20 years of existence. Scuderia de Adamich has been partner and coordinator of the Master Maserati Driving Courses since 1999. This bond too, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Fast forward to 2019 and 500 courses later, the brand has spent over 700 days on the circuit. Over 7,000 customers and enthusiasts, from 50+ different countries, have taken the wheel of the various Maserati models during the courses’ twenty years in operation. During these 20 years, almost 30 different Maserati models have been used for these courses. Participants have always had the opportunity to drive the Quattroporte flagship and, since 2014, the Ghibli sports sedan. The 3200 GT Coupé represented the Brand’s sporting personality from 1998 until its replacement in 2008 by the new GranTurismo in its various trims. In 2016, Levante, the first SUV in Maserati’s over a century of history, also took to the track with an innovative new format combining circuit driving sessions with off-road experiences.
For 2019 the Master Maserati Driving Courses offer no fewer than five different formats with different thrilling experiences at the wheel of Trident cars. Four types of courses focus on circuit driving at the “Riccardo Paletti” track at Varano de’ Melegari, in the Maserati Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo, GranCabrio and Levante models. Courses are open to all enthusiasts of the Maserati world – not just to those who already own a Maserati, but also to aspiring customers – and are held at the “Autodromo Riccardo Paletti” at Varano de’ Melegari, approximately 20 km from the city of Parma. The 2.3 km circuit features the famous “Ferro di Cavallo” (Horseshoe) bend, which tests drivers’ skills to the full and combines outstanding technical characteristics with highly professional support facilities. More information on this unique experience can be found on the Maserati Master’s website.