Is this the prelude to Maserati's return to competition in GT and endurance events? It is fair to think so, but no one really knows in which motorsport championship this MC20 will compete. While waiting for details on a future sporting engagement which will eventually arrive, the staff was fully assembled on Wednesday evening September 9 on the Modena circuit to celebrate the launch of this new sporting model of the firm at the Trident. An obviously important event since John Elkann, the president of the FCA group (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) and Mike Manley, the operational director of FCA, had made the trip to Emilia-Romagna.
Around dimensions close to a Ferrari F8 Tributo (LxWxH: 4.66 x 1.96 x 1.22 m), the MC20 marks the return of the Modena firm on the supercar scene, sixteen years after the MC12 designed and developed from the Ferrari Enzo. This time around, the Trident firm apparently did not need the resources of its neighbor in Maranello to develop the MC20, short for Maserati Corse 2020. Work of the Maserati style center based in Turin, Modena's latest creation displays sober lines, typical of rear mid-engine berlinettes and presenting an air of déjà vu.
Some will find some similarities to the Alpine A110 in the treatment of the stern. Many hours in the wind tunnel at Dallara, the designers have avoided the presence of unsightly aerodynamic appendages. If the monocoque carbon structure, visible on the sills, was designed and developed in-house, its industrialization was entrusted to the manufacturer of racing cars and its production to the Italian equipment manufacturer TTA Adler, specialist in composite materials, which had made the structure of the Alfa Romeo 4C. This will have its effect: the doors are open in the elytron.
The interior is just as simple. The design of the dashboard could be that of a sedan if it weren't for the carbon fiber on the skin. The instrumentation is digital and the two tablets measure 10.25 inches. The central multimedia display is tactile. On the center console, there is the rotary button for selecting the four driving modes (Rain, GT, Sport and Corsa).
Under the rear hood, in the rear central position, there is no mechanics hatched by Ferrari, but a new 90-degree V6 with 3 liters of displacement entirely developed by the Trident engine manufacturers. It boasts an impressive output – 210 hp / liter – resulting from a host of technologies protected by patent filings. Named Nettuno (Neptune in Italian), this compact V6 introduces as standard a combustion system derived from Formula 1. This is the pre-combustion chamber technology with double spark plug. The fuel is ignited in a separate space and as the flame spreads, the combustion is transferred from the prechamber to the conventional combustion chamber. The result is faster, more even and more efficient combustion. The real innovation is the use of this component in conjunction with a second spark plug. With double injection (direct and indirect), this V6 thus optimizes its performance in all conditions of use. Double turbo and dry sump, the 3-liter V6 of the MC20 delivers 630 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and torque of 730 Nm, from 3,000 rpm. This mechanism, which takes three days of assembly, is associated with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is controlled from paddles on the steering wheel.
Side links to the ground, the MC20 relies on double wishbone suspensions and anti-roll bars. The weight does not exceed 1,470 kilograms, which makes it possible to claim a flattering weight-to-power ratio of 2.33 kg / hp. Launched in early 2021, the MC20 is just one step in Maserati's renewal. Its carbon structure will give birth to spider and 100% electric versions. Eager to provide quality customer service, the Modena firm will send a monthly email report detailing the condition of the vehicle each month. This report includes information on the engine, brakes and suspension, oil and fluids, and safety systems.