Maserati MC12 is a limited edition supercar built to signal the return to racing after 37 years. A racing version will compete in the FIA GT Championship. Because it's based on the Ferrari Enzo,
it is also nicknamed "Ferrari Enzo Second Generation".
Its styling was developed in the wind tunnel by the Maserati technicians with the fundamental contribution of Frank Stephenson.
Designed for high level road use, it can exceed 205 mph (330 km/h), sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. According to Maserati, the MC12 handles "very sweetly and fluidly" yet the driver can still feel all the power of a genuinely sporty thoroughbred under the surface. The new model adds the definitive flourish to Maseratis return to the racing circuits after the recent and highly successful debut in the Daytona 24 Hour Race.
The client version for road use will be available exclusively in a white and blue livery, harking back to an old Trident tradition. In fact, blue and white are the colors of the America Camoradi (Casner Motor Racing Division) Scuderia which raced the famous Maserati Tipo 60-61 Birdcages in the very early 1960s with Stirling Moss as their lead driver. Around 30 MC12s will be built in all, 25 of which will be for road use. A second series of 25 examples for clients will be built in 2005.
The Maserati MC12 features a typical racing/sporty set-up with a removable hard top. The MC12s bodywork is entirely carbon fiber, while its stress-bearing chassis is made from a carbon fiber and Nomex honeycomb sandwich. Two aluminum sub-chassiss support the ancillaries and help absorb bumps.
MC12 is "Functionally-Inspired"
As a result of its imposing dimensions, Maserati calls the MC12s styling as "very much functionally-inspired". The air intakes, vents and other aerodynamic components have been designed to optimize the cars internal fluid dynamics and air flows to ensure optimal downforce and aerodynamic efficiency values.
The bonnet is characterized by the sinuous lines formed by two large tapering apertures, culminating in the classic Maserati grille opening with a Trident at its center. The bonnet and wheel arches, into which the Bi-Xenon headlamp units are set, are a one-piece moulding which is also removable.
The rear section is dominated by the engine and the slender (30 mm) yet imposing two-meter carbon wing with two fins and, at its base, a small spoiler in which the third stop light has been inserted.