Maserati MC 12 Prototype

Maserati fans at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will be delighted to see and hear some glorious cars of the past and admire four current masterpieces from Modena and Maranello.


37 years after the last victory for Maserati in international championship racing (1967, Cooper Maserati F1, South African Grand Prix), Maserati has designed a new road-going Grand Tourer from which a GT racing version has been created. A prototype version of the Maserati MC 12 will be on display in the Supercar Paddock, next to Goodwood House. Designed as a two-seater long-tail spider with a targa roof the car can exceed 205 mph at full throttle, sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

The Maserati MC 12 prototype will be on static display in the Supercar paddock on Friday 25 June 2004 and then driven up Goodwood Hill on Saturday 26 June and Sunday 27 June 2004 in the Supercar run - the first time the car will have been seen in motion at a public event in Europe.

Powered by an impressive 630 hp six-litre mid-rear 65º V-12 it has a 41%-front and 59%-rear weight distribution. Highly advanced composites and alloys have enhanced its structural rigidity and kept its overall weight to a minimum. The MC 12’s bodywork is entirely carbon fibre, while its stress-bearing chassis is made from a carbon fibre and Nomex honeycomb sandwich. Two aluminium sub-chassis support the ancillaries, help absorb bumps, and guarantee an excellent standard of safety.

Published : 23/06/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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