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by Tim Beissmann

Maserati is offering an enhanced version of its ‘Master Maserati’ driving school program for 2011, with new Australian owners able to take part in four different advanced driving and race training courses.

With prices ranging from 2150 to 4400 euros ($2960 to $6060 – flights not included), the cost is almost insignificant compared with the $286,000 starting price of the brand in Australia.

Conducted at the highly technical Varano de Melegari racetrack near Parma, Italy, the courses include instruction from world-class drivers from Formula One, World Rally Championship, Indycar and European touring car championships.

The entry-level course is a one-day introductory session designed to teach owners about the capabilities of their vehicles and learn the skills and techniques relevant to everyday use of a supercar.

The Master GT course is a two-day course that expands on the introductory course with a personalised skill-targeting program for all participants.

The Master High Performance Course is another two-day course designed to be the ultimate in road car training for track day enthusiasts. The sessions focus on complex driving techniques to maximise on-track performance.

The final course – new in 2011 – is the Master MC Trofeo, which gives participants the experience of driving a racing car in a competition. Included is tuition in race driving skills and strategies, in what would no doubt be an unforgettable experience.

Cars used in the courses include the Quattroporte S and Sport GTS, GranTurismo S and MC Trofeo racing cars.

Maserati Australia general manager, Glen Sealey, said there was an advanced driving course for all new Maserati owners.

“With the addition of the Master Maserati MC Trofeo driving course, we are now able to offer the experience and training right across the full Maserati driving spectrum,” Mr Sealey said.

“Maserati now offer courses for owners who are new to Maserati ownership and wish to hone their driving skills so that they may fully enjoy the excitement and pleasure of supercar ownership.”

Master Maserati courses can be booked through Maserati dealerships.




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