GranTurismo MC Trofeo is How Maserati Does Racing

In the spectrum of Italian supercars, Maserati is often incorectly regarded as a grand touring brand above anything performance oriented. Maserati may make more comfort-oriented cars like the Quattroporte, but when it does racing, it does it big. Take the MC12 for example. That car is arguably more bonkers than a Ferrari Enzo. The latest Maserati to back up the brand's performance cred is the GranTurismo MC Trofeo. As the name suggests, the car is set up for the MC Trofeo World Series, a spec race where all the cars are the same, putting the focus on the skill of the teams and drivers. The series as fifteen teams, with 84 drivers from 24 different countries. PHOTOS: See more of the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo The car itself is exceptionally light, weighing in at just over 3,000 pounds. It is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 with an unspecified output. Races las between 30 and 50 minutes. To encourage healthy competition, a handicap rule is in place that put time delays on some of the best drivers, which should even the playing field. Head to head competition in a situation where a Maserati will always win? Yes, sign us up.