The Maserati MC12’s Dual Identity: Ferrari Enzo In Disguise Or Road-Going Motorsport Champion?


The Maserati MC12 is generally a reskinned and mildly fiddled-with Ferrari Enzo, but that is a cynical summary. The center slice of the cars’ Venn diagram consists of much more than just the six.0L Ferrari V12, but the Maserati MC12 Stradale has its personal identity. Its Frank Stephenson-created bodywork stands apart from the Enzo’s, and it is a significantly, significantly rarer auto, with just 50 examples in contrast to the Ferrari’s 400. And the MC12 has much more than just street cred.

Seeing as Ferrari and Maserati have been underneath the very same ownership in the early 2000s, it is no shock that the Enzo was permitted to rev greater and make much more energy, but the MC12 has a particular credibility its sibling lacks: it homologated a racing auto.

Rather than compete on the circuit with its most current supercar—the chance of dropping with a auto named right after Enzo Ferrari himself notwithstanding—Maserati took above the FIA GT-aimed racing plan, marking the Trident’s return to racing in almost 4 decades. The consequence was two producer titles, and 6 for teams, and 5 for drivers in the FIA GT and FIA GT1 championship amongst 2005 and 2010. Racing good results is simple to measure. Judging street presence and identifying standard standings between the pantheon of supercar historical past is much more nebulous than studying a lap timer alone.

And whilst the Enzo’s front-finish styling may possibly have been influenced by Formula one automobiles, but the MC12 is firmly in the camp of kind following perform. There is a roof scoop feeding the mid-rear-mounted 641hp V12 (there is no rearview mirror, as there is no rear see to talk of past the firewall. There are dozens of slatted vents and square meters of mesh. The slab sides have been aggressively carved into for air movement. The rear wing is even wider than the entire body which is even wider than the Enzo’s. There are two practical, carbon fiber diffusers beneath a mainly open rear finish that lets the engine and transaxle breathe. The snout has been scooped out on the two sides, and is punctuated by a captivating central grill with the Trident standing proudly at the center. 

Constructed to assistance the MC12 GT1 racing model in the FIA GT, the MC12 represents one particular of the final correct homologation specials, as the finish of that series all but killed the notion.

It appears as opposed to something ever produced by Maserati until finally the MC20 paid some homage to it just just lately. The MC12 owes its appears to a mixture of Frank Stephenson, prioritizing motorsport performance, and none other than the virtually ubiquitous Giorgetto Giugiaro, who place forth some of the earliest ideas for the auto that grew to become the MC12 (Maserati Corse twelve). To get there, it necessary some assist from close friends at Ferrari.

Maserati, right after many years of fiscal instability and weak product sales, was last but not least bolstered by the productive reception of its Ferrari-powered Spyder, Coupe, and Quattroporte designs, and the timing of the brand’s revival was ripe for a new flagship. The operation was overseen by mother or father business Fiat SpA, and the even now extremely new Ferrari Enzo was utilized as the building platform for the new Maserati, right after it was made the decision that there would not be a racing model of the new Prancing Horse supercar. Maserati engineers received to function on the platform to develop the two a racing and street model to uphold and carry forth Maserati’s historic but extended-in the past good results in motorsport. 

Because its Fiorano-designed relative currently met a lot of of the homologation and security requirements as it was, the Maserati Corse staff have been provided time to concentrate on particular elements rather than commencing from the ground up. The suspension and aerodynamics have been the essential regions of curiosity, with racer and tester Andrea Bertolini doing the brunt of the MC12’s first testing, and Michael Schumacher delivering some extra input later on on. 

The auto shares the very same six.0L V12 engine style as the Enzo’s Tipo F140, although it is tuned in a different way and renamed the Ferrari/Maserati M144A in the MC12. The two automobiles share the 6-pace semi-automated, but it is named the Maserati Cambiocorsa in this application.

Sadly, due to “specific engineering reasons” (distinct advertising and marketing motives, maybe)  the V12 in the Maserati has had the rev restrict lowered from 8200rpm in the Enzo to 7700 in the MC12. Not-so-apparently, Ferrari need to usually have far better figures when it comes to forging Italian supercars born for the supremacy, so the Enzo had to get the greater rev restrict. The Enzo is also capable of a greater best pace, but the MC12 can even now get previous the 200mph mark, with a claimed peak of 205. As anybody who’s been on a track understands, energy is not almost everything, and Maserati’s positive aspects come from its suspension tuning and aerodynamics. 

The entire body of the MC12 is wider and significantly longer than the Enzo’s, and at the surface degree the only resemblance is witnessed in the cockpit, exactly where the two automobiles use the very same windshield. Past that, the Maserati is its personal beast, and a large one particular. Its imposing dimensions—5143 millimeters extended, 2096 millimeters broad, and just 1205 millimeters tall—make it a bit tougher to park, but effectively suited for the basis of a much more aggressive aero package deal for racing.

Like the Enzo, the central construction of the MC12 is formed from a bonded carbon fiber and Nomex honeycomb, which is much more than powerful ample to let the Maserati to ditch its roof, must the driver have a location to shop it. There is actually absolutely nothing in the way of storage in addition to the two seats within the blue, silver, and carbon themed cockpit.  There is no trunk, no spare tire, and no radio.

Advertising and marketing factors of its genesis aside, the MC12 venture was imbued with correct motorsport DNA. In competitors kind as the MC12 GT1 earned much more than its share of trophies. At the finish of the 2004 season, the FIA rethought its GT1 and GT2 lessons in the FIA GT series and liberalized the GT1 laws in the procedure. Whilst this move was considered to largely facilitate the American Saleen S7, the largest beneficiary was the objective-created Maserati MC12 GT1 which all but dominated the FIA GT Championship in the 2nd half of the 2000s just before it inevitably met the fate of race automobiles, turning into ineligible and obsolete.

The MC12’s racing profession may possibly be above, but its location in historical past has been secured, and its Stradale kind is even now one particular of the rarest and coolest supercars out there.