Developed primarily to race, the Maserati MC12 signaled the manufacturer's return to the track after an absence of over three and a half decades. Just 20 MC12 production cars were built in 2004, although five were retained by the factory and not sold to the public.
Customer reaction was so positive that an additional 25 were produced one year later, bringing the grand total road car production to 50, twice the minimum number to qualify the model as a "production" car for racing.
The Maserati MC12 is built on Ferrari Enzo platform, but is larger in every external dimension and less angular, factors that contribute to its more favorable aerodynamics.
Source: Peterson Automotive Museum