The Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East series is backed by the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy and will feature up to 16 mechanically-identical Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars.
The races will take place at the most prestigious racing circuits around the region, including at the Formula One tracks in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain as well as Qatar's Losail Circuit and the Dubai Autodrome in the UAE.
The formula for each race weekend will consist of two free practice sessions lasting 40 minutes, two qualifying sessions of 20 minutes and two races of 30 minutes duration.
Drivers from across the Middle East are able to sign up for the 'arrive-and-drive' championship. The cars are supplied and maintained by Maserati. Packages on offer range from $135,000 to $145,000 depending on the options chosen. The packages include the logistical management of the car, technical assistance at the circuit, a Maserati Trofeo race suit and VIP hospitality for driver and guests.
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo is the racing version of the GranTurismo road car. The race car's set up is tuned for the track use, using a 488-hp 4.7-litre V8 engine which drives the rear wheels through a paddle-shift gearbox which is able to change gears in just 60 milliseconds.
"The launch of the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East is extremely important for the company, as it's the first time we offer the Trofeo outside its home in Europe. With full support from the factory, we believe the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East offers a unique platform for drivers in the region who are looking for a competitive championship racing with the exclusive benefits of racing with a brand like Maserati," stated Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East & Africa.