Maserati has revealed the MCXtrema, its most powerful model yet, at the 2023 Monterey Car Week. A 730bhp-producing track-only supercar, weighing 1300kgs, the Maserati MCXtrema, a derivative of the MC20, has been designed to commemorate the legacy of the company's groundbreaking MC12 racing car from the early 2000s. do not, however, make a mistake of thinking that the MCXtrema is just a Maserati GT2 with more power. It features a completely redesigned chassis with integrated aerodynamics and cooling channels for reliable performance on the track. A massive vertical shark-fin wing runs down the back, providing stability around turns and boosting the effectiveness of the rear wing. The Maserati racer, unveiled at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, will be produced in a very restricted run of 62 units and will be strictly for track use only.
Maserati MCXtrema Track Car: Design
The body of the MCX is sleeker and sharper than that of the MC20, which was already rather aggressive, thanks to the addition of a carbon fibre front splitter and air curtains, which improve airflow beneath and around the vehicle. The front fenders have a pronounced peak like the famed 1959 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’, and the clamshell has air vents in the form of a trident to increase downforce.
Circling the B-pillar, a flying buttress directs airflow to the radiators of the mid-mounted engine and the rear wing. In order to increase stability and direct airflow towards the enormous rear wing, a roof-mounted split air intake has been installed on each side of a distinctive, LED sharkfin. The rear bodywork is especially bold, with a carbon fibre mesh covering the exhaust pipes and trident-themed taillights and resting above a massive diffuser. Maserati claims that the MCXtrema's undercarriage is almost flat for improved aerodynamics.
Maserati MCXtrema Track Car: Interior
The MCXtrema gets no unnecessary features, which not only helps in terms of making it lightweight bur allows for less distraction for the driver. So, instead of a dashboard, there is a structural crossbeam that serves as the ‘control centre.’ The carbon and aluminium wheel has a squared-off grip design for comfort, and the five-inch screen, buttons, and rotary selections offer improved functionality.
Customers will be able to adjust the MCXtrema's steering wheel, pedal box, and other controls to their preferred settings. The vehicle's six-point racing harness and complete interior cage prioritise safety. The driver can adjust settings, like lap timings, pit speed limitation, and communications systems, and calibrate the steering and traction control via the command centre and the steering wheel controls. The MCXtrema comes standard with a single seat but offers an optional passenger seat.
Maserati MCXtrema Track Car: Engine
Although mechanically similar to the MC20's 3.0-litre V-6, the MCXtrema's ‘Nettuno’ turbocharged V-6 generates more power. Even here, Maserati's trademark pre-chamber ignition technology generates 730bhp and 729Nm of torque from the engine. Compared to the street vehicle, that's an increase of 109bhp, yet the torque output is the same. The gearbox is a six-speed sequential unit, and the limited-slip differential is mechanical and self-locking.
The MCXtrema gets double-wishbone suspension at each corner and a carbon fibre monocoque chassis under its skin. Adjustable springs and sway bars complement the four-way dampers. Both the brakes and steering are electronic.