Winter Driving

Maserati takes its new MC20 super sports car to an ice circuit for testing

The Maserati MC20 was recently spotted testing in winter weather.

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The Maserati MC20 sports car is undergoing final calibrations ahead of its turn on the assembly line in Italy. The automaker showed off those tests in a series of photos showcasing the model in an environment not usually thought of as supercar-friendly - in snow.

Maserati's engineers are testing the super sports car on the road and track, and in inclement conditions. The automaker went to the snow-covered roads of the Valtellina and at the Ghiacciodromo Livigno (Sondrio), Italy's most notable snow and ice circuit, which is shown in the photos.

Maserati MC20 at the Ghiacciodromo Livigno 

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The extensive cold-weather trials on snow-covered roads are crucial to the vehicle's development as customers expect to drive their car at all times of the year. The tests also serve as a proving grounds for the vehicle's engine cold starting, low-temperature performance of its elastic components, and the car's handling on cold and low-grip asphalt surfaces. The car's climate control system, battery, suspension, and brakes were also put through their paces.

As part of its development, the Italian automaker's engineers fine-tuned the car's dynamics before they headed out in the snow using a Virtual Vehicle Dynamics Development system. It uses a mathematic model to perform 97 percent of the dynamic tests required for a new vehicle to become production-ready, shortening development time.

It took 2,000 man-hours to fine tune the design of the vehicle using Maserati's Dallara Wind Tunnnel and an additional 1,000 hours of computational fluid dynamics simulations. The car comes in a rear-wheel drive configuration and features a rear limited slip self-locking mechanical differential. An electronic differential is available.

Concealed under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that achieves 630 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. The engine was designed and engineered in Italy by Maserati and is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In front of the driver and at the center of the dashboard are two 10-inch screens. The driver's information screen provides a fully digital look at the car's speedometer, odometer, and tachometer, among other functions. The infotainment touch screen on the dashboard joins a host of convenience and performance technology including a wireless phone charger, drive mode selector (GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa, and ESC Off), two speed selection buttons, and power window controls in the cabin.

Production of the model is schedule to commence at the end of the year. Orders are currently being accepted.

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David Beckham is the new face of Maserati.

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David Beckham is turning his passion for supercars into a side gig. The former Manchester United midfielder has become the new face of Maserati.

Beckham has a long history as a car nut. He's owned Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, McLarens, Cadillacs, Audis, Aston Martins, Jaguars, BMWs, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Hummers, and Jeeps, just to name a few. A year ago an Aston Martin Volante owned by Golden Balls went under the hammer and a little later in the year he was named one of the top five celebrities people would prefer to have deliver their new car to their home.

Maserati has a number of new projects up its sleeve besides partnering with Beckham. The company recently launched the new Ghibli Hybrid, a vehicle that the Modena-based manufacturer sees as a jumping off point for the new version of the brand - one where electrification and performance take center stage. Call it the Italian version of Akio Toyoda's famous "no boring cars" statement.

"The Brand is moving forward, inaugurated a new Era. Maserati is driven to challenge the status quo being innovative by nature, powered by passion, and unique by design. The partnership with David is the embodiment of all these values,: said Paolo Tubito, Maserati Chief Marketing Officer.

For 2021, Maserati also added a trio of Trofeos to its lineup. The The Maserati Levante Trofeo,. Ghibli Trofeo,and Quattroporte Trofeo are the most extreme versions of the vehicles available new from the manufacturer.

Beckham makes his debut in a new movie featuring the Levante Trofeo, performing the "audacious" act of driving a Maserati. The setting is Miami, the home city of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, an MLS soccer club that Becks co-owns with Marcelo Claure, Jorge Mas, Masayoshi Son, and José R. Mas.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Urus has six drive modes for on- and off-road driving.

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The Lamborghini Urus is a whole lot of race car packed into one SUV. It's dynamic and engaging and immensely practical, but not very fuel efficient. It can conquer city streets, trails, ice, and tracks. The Urus may be more car than you realize.

That starts under the hood where the Urus packs at 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out 640 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque. That propels the two-row SUV from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Its top speed is 190 mph.

Lamborghini engineers have developed six different driving modes plus EGO, a fully customizable drive experience, for the Urus. Drivers are able to select the way their vehicle's rigidity with selections enabling everything from sporty and aggressive riding to a comfortable cruise, steering, and traction.

2021 Lamborghini Urus

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Anima in Italian means "soul" but in Lamborghini speak, the word is short for Adaptive Network Intelligent Management. Using the Anima selector in the center console to the left side of the electronic shifter of the Urus, drivers can select from Strada, Sport, Corsa, Sabbia, Terra, and Neve drive modes. Three of the modes are for on-road driving and three are for off-road experiences.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Neve

This mode is designed for winter weather driving conditions. Slick, slippery, and snowy conditions that require extra traction tech are this mode's speciality.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Sabbia

2021 Lamborghini Urus

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When you're heading off-road and require more ground clearance, the Sabbia drive mode is here to help. It's especially effective on sand dunes like those in Nazarè, Portugal, where the above picture was taken.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Sport

There's comfortable cruising and then there's an engaging drive in the country.This drive mode is for the latter. It is ready and eager for the Urus to traverse uphills, downhills, and turns, giving the driver the agility they need to tackle the terrain.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Corsa

2021 Lamborghini Urus

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The Lamborghini Urus is track-ready in Corsa mode. The drive mode is the most performance oriented of the bunch. It works to minimize roll to deliver a thoroughly engaging drive experience.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Strada

Use your Lamborghini as a daily runaround? The Lamborghini Urus has a drive mode for that. Strada ups the comfort factor of the ride and enhances the height of the Urus at speed.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Terra

2021 Lamborghini Urus

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When drivers are ready to turn off-road, it's time to turn on the Terra drive mode. Drivers looking to spend more time on the trail will want to switch up their performance tires for something more substantial.

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