The Swiss team has chosen the Maserati Quattroporte as its weapon of choice in the Superstars Series touring car series, with ex-F1 driver Andrea Chiesa at the wheel.

Maserati is headed back to the track on several fronts, and the Italian manufacturer is following up the introduction of the Gran Turismo MC GT4 with an even bigger racer. The four-door Quattroporte will hit the track to compete in the European 2009 Superstar Series.

The Superstar Series is a touring car series that features cars from a number of generations, including the BMW 5-Series, Audi RS4, Cadillac CTS-V and Jaguar S-type R. The Quattroporte is a new addition to the ranks, and will be fielded by the Swiss team with ex-Formula One driver Andrea Chiesa at the wheel. Race spec for the rear-drive Maserati includes a 4.2 liter V8 making over 450 horsepower (336 kW) and a rear-mounted Sadev sequential gearbox. The big body has been stripped down to 1430 kg, but the Quattroporte's bodywork is unchanged from production spec except for some minor aerodynamic changes.

This is Chiesa's first outing at the wheel of a touring car. The Swiss team plans to field a second car as the season goes on, but has not yet chosen a driver. The first Quattroporte is currently in testing, and the team hopes to get the chassis sorted before the Superstar Series opener at Imola on April 19.

Maserati Quattroporte Race Car To Compete in Superstars Series