Maserati Tipo 61: The car that beat the legendary Nürburgring

Evolution of the Type 60 continued its successful run on the slopes.

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Maserati celebrate this May 28 a very significant anniversary: ​​exactly 60 years ago, the Maserati Tipo 61 achieved an incredible victory in the seventh edition of the 1.000 kilometers from Nürburgring, the mythical resistance test of the circuit Nordschleife, in Germany, which reached its maximum splendor and popularity during those years.

Maserati Tipo 61 Nurburgring 1961With such success, the Maserati Type 61 piloted by Masten gregory y Lloyd Casner achieved a memorable double since the previous year he had won with the pair composed of Stirling Moss y Dan Gurney.

The cars were customized with white and blue paint, the same colors that, as a tribute to these victories, inspired the Maserati MC12 Stradale. This supercar, which dominated in the early 2000s, recently handed the baton to the new MC20, renewing the racing spirit that has always been an integral part of Maserati's DNA and that is paving the way for the Trident's return to the racing world.

The Type 61 was the best known of the series of five models designed by Giulio Alfieri, Better known as Birdcage for its unusual chassis, an intricate structure containing around 200 tubes, joined together in a complex assembly that looks like a bird cage.

Maserati Tipo 61 Nurburgring 1961This manufacturing method provided a stiffer as well as lighter chassis than other racing vehicles of the time, making this two-seater barchetta the best and most advanced solution for front-engined, rear-wheel drive racing cars.

Maserati began to produce the Type 60 in March 1959, but in November of that same year it had already been transformed into the Type 61, in order to comply with the technical regulations necessary to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The displacement of the four-cylinder engine became 2.900 cc, while its power became 250 CV to 7.000 rpm. In addition, his weight increased from 570 to 600 kg and his maximum speed from 270 to 285 km / h. Otherwise, the car kept the design and solutions already adopted for the Type 60.

Maserati Tipo 61 Nurburgring 1961Despite its great power, the fuel consumption was still quite lowvital in endurance racing, where the Type 61 could reduce its number of stops for refueling.

In just three years of production, from 1959 to 1961, the Type 60 and Type 61 were the supreme kings of international motor racing, with such power and speed that they led to a series of extraordinary victories. It is precisely this victorious tradition that allows the brand to plan a future in motorsports under the MC20.

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