The Italian word “Mostro” literally translates to “Monster”, and Zagato, the famed Italian coachbuilders, have settled upon Mostro for their latest Maserati-powered creation. Zagato have just announced they will be revealing the Mostro at the esteemed Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, taking place in Como, Italy this coming weekend.
Built to celebrate Maserati’s Centennial anniversary, the brand-new Mostro pays homage to the 1957 Maserati 450 S – “Monster”. Designed by Frank Costin, a specialist in aerodynamics, the Monster was coachbuilt in Milan for the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the request of Stirling Moss. The 1957 Monster was well-known until the ’90s, for being the most powerful front-engined racecar in the world. Monstrous horsepower to the rear wheels combined with the most extreme and advanced concepts of aerodynamics at the time, made the Monster an Italian motorsports icon instantly.
The current Mostro’s chassis consists of a carbon-fibre Monocell, coupled with to a mid-section of steel tubes that ties the cockpit and the rear subframe together. All the bodywork consists of carbon-fibre. It’ll be powered by a Maserati dry-sump V8 up front, sending power to the rear wheels via a six-speed “semi-automatic” transmission mounted in the rear, for optimal weight distribution.
The Maserati-eight is equipped with a trick engine management system that’s fully customizable to suit the user’s needs. The suspension is made up of a front and rear double wishbone setup with a pushrod, spring and shock absorber combo. Massive brakes underneath 19-inch wheels round out the package.
In order to stay true to its aerodynamic and innovative ’57 counterpart, the modern Monster’s proportions are similar to the original: an enormous frontal part that houses the engine, centrally positioned for optimal weight distribution, creating a sensation that makes it seem like there is no division between the interior of the body and its small, rounded tail. A massive front fender disappears at the door where it joins the rear fender, giving the coupe a seamless shape.
Only five of these Mostros will be made and like most Zagato creations, all have been pre-sold.
Man, it’d really be nice to be able to drive something like this. We look forward to seeing the live images from the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance after the weekend. For now, check out the pics of the new and original Monster from Zagato.