The Italian luxury vehicle manufacturer, Maserati, has taken the wraps off its latest track-only GT2 race car, which is largely based on the MC20 supercar. Launched in India in March 2023, the MC20 is a brand-new mid-engine model from the Italian automaker. It is designed with the sole intention of serving as a high-performance driver's vehicle, both on the road and the track. For those unaware, the MC20 supercar is a successor to the MC12 and features a mid-engine layout. Based on the MC20, the Maserati GT2 race car draws power from a V6 Nettuno engine, delivering 621bhp. As its name suggests, the new single-seater is developed to adhere to GT2 racing regulations. The race car will make its debut in the final rounds of the 2023 Fanatec GT European Series, followed by its participation in the series next year.
Maserati GT2 Race Car: Exterior & Interior
On the looks front, the GT2 is largely identical to the MC20 supercar, which is the successor to the MC12 and has a mid-engine layout. However, it receives significant improvements to match the race car tag, including an adjustable rear wing with an aggressive diffuser, a front splitter, a new hood with extra vents, and a roof-mounted scoop.
The key highlight of the GT2 race car is that it comes with an air conditioning system, despite being a full-blown race car. The standard bits of the car include a 6.5-inch dashboard display, an adjustable racing pedal box and steering column, and a fire extinguisher. The carbon-fibre treatment is meted out to the centre console switch panel and steering wheel. At the same time, the race car also offers a passenger seat, a rear-view camera, and a tyre pressure monitoring system, but at an extra cost. On offer is also an optional Blu Infinito paint shade and livery.
Maserati GT2 Race Car: Engine and Transmission
Powering the GT2 is Maserati's in-house 3.0-litre turbo V6 Nettuno engine, which cranks out 621bhp of power at 7,500rpm and 730Nm of torque, which is reachable from 3,000rpm. While power and torque figures are similar to those of the MC20 supercar, the drive is sent to the rear wheels via an upgraded 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters and a motorsport-spec clutch. The Maserati MC20, on the other hand, gets an 8-speed DCT gearbox.
Maserati GT2 Race Car: Hardware Details
The Maserati GT2 race car is based on a carbon-fibre central monocoque chassis. In terms of suspension, the race car features adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars at both ends. The braking setup includes racing ventilated steel disc brakes with 6-piston brake callipers at the front and a 4-piston setup at the back, connected with an adjustable racing ABS system. Other bits include a limited-slip mechanical self-locking differential for racing use, a new race exhaust system, and forged 18-inch centre-lock wheels.
Meanwhile, Maserati Project24 is under development. This is a 730bhp track-only version of the MC20. Maserati will commission only 62 units of this track car; however, the project completion timeline and information on customer deliveries are yet to be revealed.
The Project24 features Brembo CCMR (carbon-ceramic) ventilated racing brakes, double-wishbone suspension with a semi-virtual steering axis, adjustable racing dampers, and adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars for improved track performance. It sits on bespoke 18-inch forged aluminium, centre-lock wheels wrapped with slick tyres.