MASERATI MC12

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HISTORY

The Maserati MC12 is a two-seater sports car produced by Italian car maker Maserati to allow a racing variant to compete in the FIA GT Championship.

Maserati designed and built the car on the chassis of the Enzo Ferrari but the final car is much larger with less drag coefficient. The MC12 is longer, wider and taller and has a sharper nose and smoother curves than the Enzo Ferrari, which in turn is faster acceleration, better braking performance  and a higher top speed than the MC12.

The top speed of the Maserati MC12 is 330 km/h whereas the top speed of the Enzo Ferrari is 350 km/h. When designing the Maserati MC12, the officials say "it could be faster than the Ferrari Enzo", however it was a political decision to keep the engine power lower than the power of the Enzo.

The MC12 was developed to signal Maserati's return to racing after 37 years. The road version was produced to homologate the race version. One requirement for participation in the FIA GT is the production of at least 25 road cars. Three GT1 race cars were entered into the FIA GT with great success. Maserati began racing the MC12 in the FIA GT toward the end of the 2004 season, winning the race held at the Zhuhai International Circuit. The racing MC12s were entered into the American Le Mans Series races in 2005 but exceeded the size restrictions and consequently paid weight penalties due to excess range.


      
 
 

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