Cars play an important part in our lives. Be it for transportation, fun or even a job, we all need them in some way or form. Therefore, I’d like to spend a few weeks to share the bits I find interesting about a few cars. For the next few Saturdays, I’ll be going through some stories about cars I like. This week is the Maserati MC12. It’s a car I find incredibly impressive although many aren’t too fussed by it.
The limited run, Ferrari Enzo based Maserati MC12 is – to me – one of the best cars on the planet. In my mind, cars must have a purpose. It’s all well and good owning artwork-like motors like the old Alfa Romeo concepts and the Pininfarina designed cars. But if you want to actually drive your car and show off its beauty, you need a functional car. The MC12 is beautiful because it is designed for one thing and one thing only, speed. Straight line speed was the focus when creating the MC12 so although it is based off the Enzo, the body had to go. The MC12 is far longer than the Ferrari as it tries to keep the air smooth and perfect whilst cutting through it like a knife.
In fact, imperfect, turbulent air creates more drag than “still” air. And as we all know, drag is the downfall to top speed. Although the MC12 is famous for its 2005 FIA GT championship win, it was unable to compete in the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the attention to straight line speed that ultimately let the MC12 down when the ACO ruled it to be too long for the GT1 class competing at the famous endurance race.
50 road going MC12s were made making it one of the most exclusive homologation cars ever. Finally, just 12 racing special Corsa versions were produced.
The Corsa version featured special aero addons such as front canards, a front splitter and a rear wing. In my opinion, these modifications, although necessary, look very much out of place on the sleek and sharp body of the Maserati.
2005 also gave us the Maserati Birdcage concept car celebrating Maserati’s 75th anniversary. It was made from the same chassis as the MC12, and therefore the Enzo. Rumours came out a few years ago that this beautifully designed concept could become a real production car. However, this ever came to fruition. I would still like to believe that Maserati will come out with a return to the exclusive Hypercar market with a MC12 part deux. Perhaps the 2021 Hypercar rules of the WEC will entice the trident company to please the ACO with a car actually respecting the regulations. Until then, we’ll have to wait and see.
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