In the build up to the Grand National, luxury Italian car brand Maserati devised a unique ‘car vs horse’ challenge to explore the capabilities of the first ever Maserati SUV, the Levante, in an environment naturally suited to its equine competitor.
The challenge provided another competitive twist as it was a race between two brothers; National Hunt Trainer and Maserati ambassador Dan Skelton behind the wheel of the new Maserati Levante Diesel while National Hunt Jockey Harry Skelton took the reins of Point to Pointer Dinnie O.
Following the rules of historical point-to-point racing, Dan and Harry were tasked with travelling between two set points as fast as possible. The nature of the race and the course allowed the Levante to showcase its off-road capabilities and intelligent Q4 All-Wheel-Drive system, having to navigate through rough terrain that was unsuitable for horseback. With both competitors taking different routes to the finish line, the power and speed of the Levante eventually told, with Dan just overtaking Harry and Dinnie O on the final straight.
Commenting on the challenge, Dan Skelton said, “Understandably the yard is a very busy place at the moment and it was enjoyable to take some time out of the pressures of preparation for Aintree. Racing my brother through the British countryside in the new Maserati Levante was fantastic fun and of course the best man won!”
Harry Skelton said, “We’ve always been ultra-competitive and of course I never like losing to my brother. The challenge was something very different to my usual day job, and I’m hoping Dan will lend me the keys to his Levante soon so I can get behind the wheel for a test drive.”
Maserati’s luxury SUV offers active air suspension as standard, boasting five varying ride heights, as well as the lowest centre of gravity in class. Exclusivity continues with the Levante’s intelligent Q4 All-Wheel-Drive system, 3.0 litre V6 Turbo Diesel engine and a luxury ride comfort synonymous with the Italian brand.
In the UK, the Levante Diesel starts from £56,250 OTR and can be upgraded to include either a Luxury or Sport pack at £62,380 OTR. The Levante can also be equipped with the Luxury Pack Zegna Edition at £63,310 OTR, featuring bespoke Zegna Mulberry Silk.