Maserati MC12 Corsa
The MC12 marked Maserati’s re-entry into the ultra-exclusive supercar market and international racing scene. A tangible symbol of Maserati engineering and a worthy descendant of the company’s greatest racing machines, the MC12 was designed from the outset to conquer the FIA GT Championship.
Thanks to its relationship with Ferrari, Maserati utilised the Enzo as a platform from which a total of 50 road going MC12s would be built between 2004 and 2005 to meet homologation requirements.
Also borrowed from the Enzo was the naturally aspirated, dual-overhead cam, 6.0-litre 12-cylinder engine, which aside from producing a veritable symphony of high performance sounds, developed 630 bhp at full tune. With a curb weight of 2,943 lbs the mid-engined MC12 boasted a zero-to-100 km/h time of just 3.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph). All this power was harnessed by Maserati’s Cambiocorsa six-speed transmission. With a choice of sport and race modes, the MC12’s transmission was capable of lightning-fast, aggressive shifts on the track as well as delivering the road manners for which Maserati’s latest generation of road going cars are renowned.
In 2006 Maserati elected to build a limited series of 12 MC12s, developed directly from the MC12 GT1, which won the 2005 FIA GT Championship. Designated Versione Corse, 12 fortunate clients were specifically chosen by Maserati and, while the Versione Corse, or simply Corsa, was not intended for road use, it was to be driven in track events specially organised by Maserati.
Most importantly, it allowed private owners to drive and enjoy an unparalleled supercar. As Edward Butler, one of Maserati’s General Managers, stated, “The world-beating racing car was developed from the Maserati MC12 road car and the Corsa is derived directly from the GT1 racing car exclusively for track use.” He continued, “The MC12 Corsa has been developed in response to the customer demand to own the MC12 racing car and fuelled by the growth in track days, where owners can drive their cars at high speeds in the safety of a race track without the obvious constraints of normal road use. Without doubt the MC12 Corsa is the ultimate track day car!”
All aspects of the MC12 Corsa are closely related to its GT1 counterpart, although it features the shortened nose that permitted the GT1 to compete in the American Le Mans series. The six-litre V-12 engine was essentially the same, but with horsepower up to an astonishing 755 bhp at 8,000 rpm. All told, the MC12 Corsa is reportedly capable of sprinting to 200 km/h in just 6.4 seconds, shifting gears through the six-speed electronically actuated Cambiocorsa transmission.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena.
755 bhp, 5,999 cc V-12 engine, six-speed Maserati Cambiocorsa transmission, four-wheel independent adjustable suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,800 mm (110 in.)
Source: RM Auctions
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