Just a few days after announcing the limited-production track-only Project24 supercar based on the MC20, Maserati unveiled a racing variant of their mid-engined model, set to participate in the Fanatec GT2 European Series Championship.
The MC20 GT2 is based on the road-going MC20 but it has received a number of track-focused modifications. Starting with the exterior, a large portion of the bodywork has been redesigned, focused on aerodynamics and cooling. At the front, there is a massive carbon-fiber splitter, canards, a vented bonnet shaped after the Trident emblem, and louvers on the fenders.
The profile is characterized by the center-lock 18-inch aluminum wheels shod in slick tires, the racing-style mirrors with the Italian flag, and the enlarged intakes on the more pronounced rear fenders. At the back, we find a roof-mounted scoop, a large multi-adjustable rear wing, a carbon-fiber rear fascia with dual pipes, and a significantly larger diffuser. The windows are made of Lexan for weight-saving purposes.
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Inside, an FIA-homologated roll cage has been added for extra safety. The pedal box and the steering column are adjustable, with a fixed racing bucket seat for the driver featuring six-point harnesses. There is also a multi-functional carbon-fiber steering wheel, air conditioning, adjustable ABS, and traction control, plus a data acquisition system. Optional features include a rear-view camera, an in-car camera for recording your laps, a driving performance optimization display, and tire pressure monitoring.
The Maserati Nettuno twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 dry-sump engine produces 621 hp (463 kW / 630 PS) in the road-going MC20, but Maserati didn’t announce figures for the GT2 variant because the mill is still under development. Power is sent to the rear axle through a six-speed sequential transmission with a racing clutch and a mechanical limited-slip self-locking differential. The lightweight monocoque chassis of the MC20 is retained. The suspension features double wishbones with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars. Brakes have been upgraded with racing calipers and larger ventilated discs with bespoke cooling.
The model will make its racing debut in 2023, at the Fanatec GT2 European Series Championship. The Maserati MC20 GT2 marks the Trident brand’s return to closed-wheel motorsports and in GT racing following the MC12 era (2004-2010) in FIA GT Championships. Mind you, Maserati has already announced their involvement in Formula E.