Maria Teresa de Filippis was the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix, behind the wheel of a Maserati 250F. Her story is defined by passion and audacity and for this reason, Maserati celebrates her for Women’s History Month this March and International Women’s Day on March 8. Maria Teresa de Filippis was born in Naples in 1926 and decided to enter the world of motor racing almost as a challenge. In 1948 she participated in her first real race: at only 22 years old she won the 10 km Salerno-Cava de 'Tirreni, 500cc class of the touring car category, decisively beating her male colleagues. That very first victory ignites her passion for racing and in the following year she triumphed in several competitions in the 750cc category. For 1953 – 1954 she moved on to an Osca 1100 cc in which she won the 12 Hours of Pescara, the Trullo d’Oro, the Catania-Etna, and the circuits of Caserta and Syracuse. 1955 was the year Maria Teresa de Filippis transitioned to a Maserati 2000 A6GCS. In an article she wrote about her racing years, she said: “… a powerful car with which I felt I could do anything… and I did”, adding, “Poor car! So many spectacular accidents, but also so many victories!”. Chief among which was the victory in the Catania-Etna in record time, which remained undefeated for the next three years. She arrived in second place in the 2000 cc class championship of 1955.
New Abarth 595 Turismo Design
If the 595 Turismo is linked to the values of style and comfort typical of Italian granturismo, it is therefore dedicated to those who like to stand out for their style, who love the city but want to live it boldly. On the other hand, the Competizione is aimed at lovers of performance and sportsmanship with no holds barred, those who want to enjoy themselves on the road the same way they do on the track, those who never give up turning a trip into an extraordinary experience. The 595 Turismo features refreshed interiors, starting with the exclusive leather seats with their new finishes, offering the option to choose from various colors, including the new Helmet Brown.
The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is now the most powerful variant in the completely revamped product line, combining a 420 kW (571 PS; Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid models: Fuel consumption combined 2.8 – 2.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 63 – 62 g/km; electricity consumption combined 22.8 – 21.8 kWh/100 km (as of 10/2020)), four-litre biturbo V8 with a 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor. Its all-electric range has been increased by up to 30 per cent thanks to a new 17.9 kWh battery and optimised driving modes. This also applies to the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, where the electric motor is complemented as before by a 243 kW (330 PS; Panamera 4 E-Hybrid models: Fuel consumption combined 2.3 – 2.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 51 – 47 g/km; electricity consumption combined 18.2 – 17.0 kWh/100 km (as of 10/2020)) 2.9-litre biturbo V6, resulting in a system power output of 340 kW (462 PS). The Panamera portfolio is rounded off by the 4S, which delivers 324 kW (440 PS; Panamera 4S models: Fuel consumption combined 9.2 – 8.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 210 – 202 g/km (as of 10/2020)) and also benefits from all the optimised features of the latest model enhancement in terms of chassis, design, equipment and infotainment.
The architecture of the modular electric drive system (MEB) on which the compact electric SUVs from Audi are based enables a completely new division of space. The technology components need only a little space: The high-voltage battery pack is designed as a flat block underneath the passenger compartment, while the drive unit is located in a compact arrangement on the rear axle – and on the front axle in the quattro models. The short front section houses the radiator, the electric brake booster and major components of the air-conditioning system.