While we haven’t seen it in action yet, the Maserati MC20 is currently being tested in South Africa. This is enough to put it to the test in a rather hot climate.
Maserati has committed to electrification across its range over the next five years, but the brand also has a remarkable non-electric powertrain that it installed in the very recent Maserati MC20. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the tests currently underway as the new Trident supercar gears up for production. Recently she was also spotted on Ferrari’s test circuit, the Fiorano track., it must also be able to withstand the heat of more extreme regions. That’s why the MC20 is in South Africa for hot weather testing.
South African journalist Jacob Moshokoa took a photo of this MC20 in Upington, one of the hottest parts of the country. As the sticker on the rear fairing indicates, this is a prototype tested in a hot climate to ensure the new supercar can cope with the heat while still maintaining performance. The Upington region being a particularly sparse area of the country, it is a place often used by builders to do this type of tune-up. BMW and the VW group regularly test all kinds of cars in the region.
Soon in production version?
Simultaneously, while this model races at high speed in hot weather, another test vehicle is on the Modena circuit in Italy. But the latter is camouflaged. It’s amazing since the MC20 configurator is online and we know what the car looks like. Maybe Maserati is working on some optional aerodynamic tweaks. Whatever the reasons, testing of the MC20 is in full swing in various parts of the world.
With the MC20’s engine being the first produced by Maserati without Ferrari’s participation in more than two decades, these tests are especially important to ensure that this new block is up to par. Deliveries should start very soon, but we will have to wait until the end of 2021 before seeing any circulating on our roads.