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For sale is an incredibly rare example of the Maserati Racing. This particular example is presented in Dazing Black with Pelle Nera Leather and is in absolutely immaculate condition. The paintwork is spotless, the interior superb, and the underneath is even more impressive. Reports vary of how many of these cars were made, from 60-230. There are 24 on the official worldwide register so however regarded, it’s a very rare find. The Maserati Racing (Tipo 331) was a more potent variant of the 2.24v with a higher power output, and was meant as an intermediate model beneath the more aggressive Shamal. It was first introduced to the press in December 1990, built from 1991 to 1992 and all were meant for the Italian market. The lowered, electronic KONI shock absorbers allowed to adjust damping on four settings, allowing for comfort or road handling at the flick of a switch. This is combined with a five-speed manual gearbox manufactured by Getrag and a limited slip differential from Maserati but suspected to use Quaife technology. The choice of colours of the Racing was limited to red or black. On the interior, the only change was the paneling, painted dark grey (carbon fibre grey) instead of being wood trimmed. Combined with new settings on the two engine controllers from Magneti Marelli, in charge of the ignition, the fuel injection and the turbo boost management, allowed the power to increase to 283 bhp at 6,250 rpm with a specific output of 142 bhp/l. The torque is 276 lb/ft at 4,250 rpm. This engine was given the designation AM 490 in the Maserati engine reference book. The engine was made compatible with lead-free petrol too. Induction consists of two IHI water-cooled turbochargers with two air-to-air intercoolers. Changes from the 2.24v's engine include a new, lighter crankshaft, new exhaust valves (sodium filled for improved heat dissipation), new combustion chambers, new lighter connecting rods, new lighter forged aluminium pistons, and new IHI turbochargers. Performance was very impressive and remains so nearly 30 years down the line. A top speed of 159 mph with 0–62 mph arriving in 5.9 seconds.
This example was imported from Italy in 2012, it has a huge history file dating right back and has benefitted from works to prepare the car for sale, these include: New cambelt and waterpump, new Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres all round, new pads and discs all round, a service, AC regas and 4 wheel alignment. It drives superbly and everything works, a truly special car. Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you require and further information. Viewing is essential and is sure to please the most fastidious of buyers.