Superstars

Maserati among the Superstars

Ten marques today appear in the Superstars series: Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes and Porsche. Cars are prepared by top quality teams – fifteen in all – some of which are well supported by the manufacturers. The championship kicks off this weekend at Monza with 31 cars competing. The Superstars championship began in 2004 as the Trofeo Nazionale ACI-CSAI, became the Italian championship in 2005 and added an international series in 2007.

Superstars is organised by Roma Formula Futuro, a division of the FG Group. Turismo class cars are allowed to race and there are no restrictions on size, engine capacity or weight; the only limitation is that the car’s engine has to be an aspirated V8.

Oral Engineering, the independent company directed by ex-Formula engineer Mauro Forghieri, makes sure that the cars’ performance is evened out by making specific modifications to each car. Work is carried out on each car, looking at the weight, the size of the engine air scoops, wings and spoilers. Superstars engines usually range between 4 and 6 litres, power varies from 450 bhp to 600 bhp and weight from 1300kg-1450kg.

In Italy, Superstars races will be transmitted by Rai Sport, in Spain by MarcaTV, in England by Motors TV UK, and in France by Motors TV France. The value of the television coverage for 2010 was €21 million.

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