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Maserati MC12
Maserati
aka MC12 Versione Competizione
Maserati MC12 Stradale
Maserati MCC (development codename)
Production 2004-2005
50 produced
Class Supercar
Body Style 2-door, 2-seat Mid-Engined Coupe
Length 202.5 in
Width 82.5 in
Height 47.4 in
Wheelbase 110.2 in
Weight 2943 lbs
Transmission Maserati Cambiocorsa, RWD
Engine 6.0 litre Ferrari Enzo-based 65° V12
Power 621 hp at 7500 rpm
481 lb-ft at 5500 rpm
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Designer Frank Stephenson

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Development

Development of the Maserati MC12 began while Maserati was under the ownership of Ferrari in order to create a race car for Maserati that would be eligible to compete in the FIA GT. Its initial name was the MCC meaning Maserati Corse Competizione and development was planned to be at the same time as the MCS, a similar alternative, under the direction of Giorgio Ascanelli.<ref name="maseratinet"/> The body shape was developed from an idea by Giorgetto Giugiaro during wind tunnel testing though the majority of styling was by Frank Stephenson.<ref name="coolsupercars">{{

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The car was based heavily on the Ferrari Enzo, sharing the same Ferrari Dino V12 engine with slight modifications, the same gearbox (but renaming it Maserati Cambiocorsa) and the same chassis and track (length of axle between the wheels).<ref name="worldcarfans" /> The only externally visible component shared with the Enzo is the windshield.<ref name="Motor Trend" /> While using the same engine, gearbox and chassis as the Enzo, the Maserati MC12 is much wider, longer and slightly taller. This extra size allows for greater downforce across the whole body, adding to that of the 2 metre spoiler.

Overview

The MC12 is a mid-engine, rear wheel drive, powered by a V12 engine in a two door coupe with a targa top roof, however the detached roof cannot be stored in the car.<ref name="Motor Trend" /> The mid-engine design helps keep the centre of gravity near the middle of the car and the standing weight distribution is 41% front : 59% rear, however the downforce of the rear spoiler affects this at speed so that at 200 kilometres per hour (125 mph) the (equivalent) weight distribution is 44% front : 66% rear.<ref name="Motor Trend"/>

Interior

While designed as a homologation vehicle and a modification of a racing car, the interior of the car is designed to be luxurious. The interior is a mix of gel coated carbon fibre, blue leather and silver "Brightex", a synthetic material which was found to be "too expensive for the fashion industry".<ref name="telegraph">{{

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Exterior

A Maserati MC12 road version

The body of the car, made entirely of carbon fibre, has undergone extensive wind tunnel testing to achieve maximum down force across all surfaces and the air scoop on top of the cabin sucks air into the engine compartment. The rear spoiler is 2 metres wide but only 30 millimetres thick, and the underside and rear have diffusers to take advantage of ground effect.<ref name="maserati specs"/> The exterior is available only in the white and blue colour scheme and serves as a tribute to the America Camoradi racing team of the early 1960s that drove the Maserati Tipo Birdcages.<ref name="rsportscars"/><ref name="Road and Track">{{

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The car is noted for the awkwardness that results from its size, being very long and wider than a Hummer H2.<ref name="Fifth Gear"/> Together with the lack of rear window, this makes parking the MC12 very difficult.<ref name="Fifth Gear"/>

Engine

The MC12 sports a 232 kilogram, 6 litre (5998 cc) Ferrari Enzo derived V12 engine mounted at 65°.<ref>{{

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The Maserati MC12 is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds (however Motor Trend Magazine managed 3.7 seconds) and on to 200 kilometres per hour (125 mph) in 9.9 seconds.<ref name="Motor Trend"/><ref name="carfolio"/><ref name="Maserati Indy" /> It can complete a standing (from stationary) quarter mile in 11.3 seconds at 198 kilometres per hour (124 mph) or a standing kilometre in 20.1 seconds.<ref name="Motor Trend"/><ref name="carfolio"/> The maximum speed of the Maserati MC12 is 330 kilometres per hour (205 mph).<ref name="carfolio"/> All of these figures are slower than those of the Enzo Ferrari.

Chassis

The MC12’s chassis is a monocoque chassis made of carbon and nomex with aluminium sub-chassis at the front and rear along with an anti-roll bar to provide additional strength, comfort and safety.<ref name="Motor Trend"/><ref name="rsportscars"/> Double wishbone suspension with push-rod operated coil springs provide stability and the dampers smooth the ride for the driver.<ref name="supercars">{{

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Gear 1<ref name="supercars"/> 2<ref name="supercars"/> 3<ref name="supercars"/> 4<ref name="supercars"/> 5<ref name="supercars"/> 6<ref name="supercars"/> Final Drive<ref name="supercars"/>
Ratio 3.15:1 2.18:1 1.57:1 1.19:1 0.94:1 0.71:1 4.10:1

Wheels

The MC12 has 48 centimetre (19 in) wheels with a width of 23 centimetres (9 in) at the front and 33 centimetres (13 in) at the rear. The tyres are Pirelli P Zero Corsa's with tire codes of 245/35 ZR 19 for the front tyres and 345/35 ZR 19 for the rear.<ref name="Road and Track"/> The brakes are Brembo disc brakes with a Bosch anti-lock braking (ABS).<ref name="supercars"/> The front brakes have a diameter of 380 millimetres (15 in) with 6 calipers and the rear brakes have a diameter of 335 millimetres (13.2 in) and only 4 calipers.<ref name="maserati specs"/><ref name="supercars"/> The centre-lock wheel nuts (that hold the wheels to the chassis) are colour coded: red nuts on the left of the car, blue on the right.<ref name="Motor Trend"/>

Reception

The Maserati MC12 received generally positive reviews, but it wasn't without it's criticisms.

Top Gear

Top Gear acquired an MC12 and Jeremy Clarkson, host of the show, test drove it around their track, comparing it to the Maserati Biturbo, another car he disliked. The Maserati MC12 beat the Ferrari Enzo on Top Gear's test track, driven by The Stig, by 0.1 seconds with a time of 1:18.9, the Enzo produced a time of 1:19.<ref>{{

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Motor Trend

Motor Trend Magazine also test drove an MC12 though with reviewer, Frank Markus, having a more positive opinion of the car saying "It turns out that the Enzo makes a more comfortable and attractive road car when made over as a butch Maserati racer in street couture."<ref name="Motor Trend"/> Markus complimented the stability of braking and the handling ability of the MC12, especially the drifting allowed by the traction control when cornering; "There's none of the knife-edged limit handling we criticised in the more extreme Enzo. It's even more forgiving at the limit than an Acura NSX."<ref name="Motor Trend"/>

Racing

An MC12 GT1 at Road Atlanta in the ALMS

FIA GT

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In 2006 the only team representing Maserati is the Vitaphone Team. On October 1 the Vitaphone Team secured victory for the 2006 season despite their drivers placing 5th and 7th with weight penalties of 85 kilograms and 105 kilograms respectively.<ref name="FIA GT news">{{

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American Le Mans Series

The Maserati MC12's were unable to compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2004 because they exceeded both the length and width restrictions.<ref name="Motor Trend" /> The car's nose was shortened by 200 millimetres (7.9 in) to comply with regulations, but was still 66 millimetres (2.6 in) too wide. In 2005 the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the governing body in North American racing, allowed the MC12's to compete as a guest (no scores but otherwise allowed to compete) and with a weight penalty, however the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (the regulatory body of Le Mans including the ALMS) disallowed the MC12 to compete in the "Endurance Classic".<ref name="Road and Track" /> The 2005 American Le Mans Series was not as successful for Maserati as the FIA GT, there were no wins for Maserati and in the race at Laguna Seca the MC12 was clipped by a competitor causing damage, which led to a pit stop. The car was then running on cold tyres which led to a loss of traction and the car hit the kerb, breaking the radiator which took the MC12 out of the race.<ref>{{

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Super GT

In 2006, the Le Mans winning outfit Team Goh was intending to race a Maserati MC12 in the Super GT series in Japan, however driver problems (driver Jan Magnussen was forced to return to Denmark due to sudden illness) and disappointing lap times at the Suzuka Circuit during testing forced the team to withdraw.<ref>{{

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Italian GT

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MC12 Corse

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Maserati MC12 Corse
Maserati
aka MC12 Versione Competizione
Production 2007
Class Supercar
Body Style 2-door, 2-seat Mid-Engined Coupe
Length 202.5 in
Width 82.5 in
Height 47.4 in
Wheelbase 110.2 in
Weight 2535 lbs (1150 kg)
Transmission Maserati Cambiocorsa Semi-automatic transmission, RWD
Engine 6.0 litre Ferrari Enzo-based 65° V12
Power 755 hp at 8000 rpm
524 lb-ft at 6000 rpm
Similar Ferrari FXX
Bugatti Veyron
Koenigsegg CCX
Pagani Zonda F
Saleen S7 TT
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722
Designer Frank Stephenson

The MC12 Corse was developed in mid-2006 "in response to the customer demand to own the MC12 racing car and fuelled by the growth in track days, where owners can drive their cars at high speeds in the safety of a race track" stated Edward Butler, (General Manager for Maserati in Australia and New Zealand).<ref name="RSportsCars">{{

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The MC12 Corsa cost €1 million (US$1.7 million), and was developed directly from the MC12 GT1, which won the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers Cup. It features the shortened nose modifications that allowed the MC12 GT1 to compete in the American Le Mans Series. The MC12 Corsa is available in the "Blue Victory" colour (standard) but is personally customisable upon request.<ref name="RSportsCars"/> Twelve were sold to selected Maserati customers to participate in "day races" organised by Maserati, however another three were produced for testing and publicity.<ref name="ultimatecarpage" /><ref name="RSportsCars"/> While the brakes are steel/carbon racing brakes, the MC12 Corsa does not feature ABS.<ref>{{

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MC12 Versione Corse

The Concept

The MC12 Versione Corse has been thought to give an exclusive selected number of Maserati clients, the possibility to test their driving capability in the most exclusive gentlemen drivers environment. The MC12 Versione Corse has been developed starting from the MC12 GT1 type which won the FIA GT1 Manufacturers Cup 2005, the Teams Championship 2005 and 2006 and the Drivers Championship 2006, and the 24 Hours of Spa 2005 and 2006. The MC12 Versione Corse is a limited edition supercar with a production of 12 units. The MC12 Versione Corse is not homologated for road use or any racing activity. The MC12 Versione Corse can be used exclusively on track during private test sessions or exhibition activities organised by Maserati.

The Product

The MC12 Versione Corse has been developed starting from the MC12 GT1 type. The main differences are:

755 hp vs 600 hp Power/ratio (Kg/hp) 1,52 vs 1,83 Cambiocorsa electro-actuated gear box vs sequential gear box manually operated Two seats vs single seat

The MC12 Versione Corse is not homologated for road use or any racing activity. The specific technical features do not allow the use on public road, as the characteristics of the car don't match the safety and emission rules of normal models.

Highlights:

Price ex-Factory, the same in any market: 1.000.000 + Tax World wide sales Delivery Time: from December 2006

The MC12 Versione Corse is officially available in "Blue Victory" colour, but can be personalised upon request with option items: Different colour and livery as requested by client

Shock absorbers with manually adjustable calibration Data acquisition Annual technical upgrade from "R&D Factory Team"

Technical data Chassis : carbon-fiber monocoque Gearbox: Cambiocorsa Engine: V12 Capacity: 6.000 cc. Power output: 755 hp at 8000 rpm Max Torque: 710 Nm at 6000 rpm Weight/power ratio: 1,52 Brakes: Brembo steel and carbon (no ABS) Wheel size: front 12x18", rear 13x 18" Tyre size: front 650/325/18 rear 705/325/18 0-200: 6, 4 sec. Top speed: 326 km/h Interior: 2 seats - race version Roll-bar: yes Dry weight: 1.150 kg

Aftermarket

Edo Competition Maserati MC12 XX

Edo Competition Maserati MC12 Corsa

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