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Maserati MC20 super sports car prototype to pay homage to Sir Stirling Moss

Maserati found a lot of success with Sir Stirling Moss behind the wheel of their cars.

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Sir Stirling Moss, a British Formula One race car driver, won two out of every five races he entered throughout his career, but never won a World Championship, passed away one month ago at the age of 90. Maserati has announced that a prototype of its new MC20 super sports car will pay homage to the gentleman racer.

Moss's history with the brand goes back to the mid-1950s. He raced his first Maserati, a 250F, in 1954 at the urging of Mercedes-Benz racing boss Alfred Neubauer. His first Formula One victory came that year at the Oulton Park International Gold Cup in Cheshire, England while piloting the car.

Maserati MC20 Stirling Moss tribute prototype concept car The car will still have some camouflage.Photo courtesy of Maserati

In 1956 he won the Monaco F1 Grand Prix behind the wheel of a Maserati 250F after leading the race from the first to the last lap. Another Maserati captured third that day, driven by Frenchman Jean Behra.

Moss continued driving that car for the 1957 season ("his favorite", as he often recalled) and was beaten only by Juan Manuel Fangio for the F1 driver's championship. Fangio was also behind the wheel of a 250F.

The list of Maserati cars driven by the British driver also includes the Tipo 60 Birdcage, Tipo 61, and 300 S.

The MC20's design will be reminiscent of the Maserati Eldoardo, the single-seater that was driven in Monza in its 1958 debut by Moss. That design is distinctive because it was the first time a non-racing brand had been featured on a race car. The Eldorado Ice Cream Company ushered in a new era of sponsorship that lasts to this day with its company colors replacing the ones assigned by the governing body of racing, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

Maserati MC20 Stirling Moss tribute prototype concept car Maserati has a long heritage of Formula 1 success.Photo courtesy of Maserati

The MC20 is an important prototype for the Italian automaker because it will be the first car to adopt an engine designed, developed, and produced by Maserati. The brand typically relies on another Italian company, Ferrari, to supply power plants for its vehicles.

It's a step forward for the brand, which has languished without much innovation for the better part of a decade under the FCA umbrella. Maserati has announced that all their new models will be electrified, adopting either hybrid or battery electric power. This begins with the redesigned Maserati Ghibli, which is set to debut this year.

Maserati MC20 Stirling Moss tribute prototype concept car The car wears Moss's name on its rear.Photo courtesy of Maserati

The company is also committing to the vehicles being 100 percent developed, engineered, and built in Italy. This is an especially important commitment as Maserati's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is in the process of merging with PSA Group.

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

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The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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General Motors and Lockheed Martin will design a prototype of a vehicle that's capable of traversing Mars.

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Toyota and Hyundai aren't the only automakers getting into the extra terrestrial mobility game. A new partnership between Lockheed Martin and General Motors will develop the next generation of lunar vehicles to transport astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

NASA's Artemis program has plans to send Americans back to the moon. Like the military did when they asked for an off-road-worthy transport vehicle for combat support use in the early 1940s, NASA is asking the automotive and aeronautics industry to develop a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) to enable astronauts to explore the lunar surface father than ever before. The Apollo rovers only ventured 4.7 miles.

Lockheed Martin brings a 50-year history of working with NASA on a variety of deep-space human and robotic spacecraft, such as NASA's Orion exploration-class spaceship for Artemis, to the table. The company's crafts and systems have been to every planet in the solar system.

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"This alliance brings together powerhouse innovation from both companies to make a transformative class of vehicles," said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space. "Surface mobility is critical to enable and sustain long-term exploration of the lunar surface. These next-generation rovers will dramatically extend the range of astronauts as they perform high-priority science investigation on the Moon that will ultimately impact humanity's understanding of our place in the solar system."

General Motors, which first worked with NASA during the Apollo missions and helped develop the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), that was used on Apollo 15-17 missions, is bringing its electric battery and autonomous vehicle technology know-how to the partnership.

"General Motors made history by applying advanced technologies and engineering to support the Lunar Rover Vehicle that the Apollo 15 astronauts drove on the Moon," said Alan Wexler, senior vice president of Innovation and Growth at General Motors. "Working together with Lockheed Martin and their deep-space exploration expertise, we plan to support American astronauts on the Moon once again."

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