Zagato Mostro prototype 2015 powered by Maserati
Zagato has introduced its new prototype Mostro propelled by a Maserati V8 at the 2015 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. This car was ordered by a car collector as an exclusive automobile. Five other examples are to be produced for Zagato car collectors. This car is part of the celebration of Maserati hundred years anniversary by Zagato.
In 2010, Zagato has similarly prepared an exclusive Alfa Romeo TZ3 ordered by a car collector and produced on occasion of Alfa Romeo 100th anniversary. The famous coachbuilder Zagato initiated at the time a new formula of designing and building exclusive automobile for rich customers.
Historically Zagato is well known for lightweight sports cars most often intended for racing events. The Maserati M26 prepared in 1931 for racing purpose was based on 8cylinder engine Maserati Tipo 26 the production of which had started in 1926. Several Alfa Romeo chassis of the 1930s also received special bodies designed and made by Carrozzeria Zagato (see Car Review Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato 1929-1933 as an example).
In 1957, Maserati entered two Maserati 450S at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race. Stirling Moss was a selected driver for one of these Maserati 450S. In order to improve top speed he had required Maserati to fit his car with a closed berlinetta body designed by aerodynamic specialist Frank Costin. The Maserati 450S berlinetta received a body built by Zagato. The car became famous with a nickname 'Monster' due to its impressive shape. Unfortunately the car could not complete the full race. The berlinetta was later converted by Zagato in a road legal automobile at the request of a rich customer. It appeared at the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza (photo included in wallpapers). Note the wider doors for better access to the passenger compartment.
The Carrozzeria Zagato initiated its activities in 1919 and collaborated with a wide range of manufacturers ever since. The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is a famous example like several Abarth and Alfa Romeo.
The Zagato Mostro with Maserati V8 engine introduced here is the most recent project by the Italian specialist. The engine is in front central position while the transmission is attached to the rear axle differential responding to the transaxle formula aimed at better weight distribution. This technical solution was already utilized in the Maserati 450S. Here the transmission is by a six speed mechanical gearbox with electro-actuators.
The structure of the Zagato Mostro is composed of a central carbon fiber reinforced composite structure making the passenger compartment. It is completed with structures made of steel tubing for supporting the mechanical components as well as the fuel tank and the exhaust system. The suspension are using double triangular wishbone and coil spring damper units fully adjustable. The braking system include large disc brakes all around. The wheels are 19 inches rim with central fixation and front tyres 255/40 R19 and rear tyres 295/35 R19. The project was completed with the support of OMP Racing.
Five other examples are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
Zagato Mostro prototype 2015 powered by Maserati : Wallpapers
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