Developed as a symbol of the company’s return to track racing after a gap of 37 years, the Maserati MC12 came into being as a potential FIA GT racer while the company was still under the ownership of Ferrari. The model was first debuted at the 2004 Geneva motor show, the vehicle was sold out even before it was officially launched. Maserati originally intended the very exclusive mid-engine model to be hand-built in a limited edition of just 25 units though its outrageous success prompted them to build a second batch of 25 in 2005. Since 1982, the model had been Masser’s first road-legal mid-engined GT and came with a removable hard top and a full carbon fiber two-seater Spyder/coupé bodywork perched atop a Nomex honeycomb and carbon fiber sandwich chassis that was derived from the Enzo Ferrari platform.
The Maserati MC12 is powered by an Enzo-derived 6.0 L V12 engine that displaces 5,998 cc of power and provides the vehicle with 481 lb-ft of torque @ 5500 rpm and displaces 620 hp @ 7500 rpm. The Masser can accelerate to a 100 km/h speed from a standing start in just 3.8 seconds and can achieve maximum speeds of 330 km/h. The Maserati MC12 comes with a six-speed rear-mounted semi-automatic transmission fronted by the Maserati Cambiocorsa gearbox.
The Maserati MC12 was originally developed to be a track racer but the model comes fitted with all the creature comforts of a luxury passenger vehicle. Keeping with the limited edition theme of the model, the MC12’s cabin comes laden with Brightex, a mixture of silver, blue leather and carbon fiber with gel coating which the fashion industry dubbed “too expensive” as a material. The model lacks a factory fitted stereo/radio. The blue ignition button and the oval analogue clock that is characteristic of Maserati sits proudly on the centre console.
Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s services were roped in to develop the car’s styling in the wind tunnel which was refined by the technical know-how of Frank Stephenson and Maserati’s team of seasoned technicians. With a 30 millimeters thick and two meters wide rear spoiler providing the vehicle maximum downforce, the MC12 comes ready for the track and the road and features diffusers on the rear bumper and a smooth underside. The top of the cabin features air scoops that sucked air into the engine compartment. As a tribute to the early 1960s Maserati Tipo Birdcages driven by the America Camoradi racing team, the Maserati MC12 is offered in an exclusive white and blue color scheme only.