Maserati is back. The venue for the racetrack debut of the new MC20 GT2 was the Autodromo Varano de’ Melegari. The shakedown at the circuit near Parma is the prelude to a whole series of tests ahead of the car’s official unveiling at the end of June as part of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the fourth stage of the 2023 Fanatec GT2 European Series. Maserati’s tradition in motorsport is a story of almost a century of successes with a unique, distinctive DNA and great passion. A new chapter began in January 2023 with Maserati’s participation in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. This program will be complemented in the future by its presence in the European GT Championship.
The Maserati MC20 GT2 was developed by Maserati Engineering in collaboration with Maserati Centro Stile to also ensure the aesthetic standards typical of the brand. It uses the exceptional Nettuno V6 engine that performs in the MC20.
Key technical specifications include the patented MTC (Maserati Twin Combustion) technology based on Formula 1 techniques, the ultra-light carbon monocoque – an excellent solution for good power-to-weight ratio – and the lightweight all-composite body. In the latter, aerodynamic properties can be exploited to the limit to improve vertical load while achieving the best efficiency in terms of drag. Great attention has been paid to developing the ideal balance of aerodynamic load. The underbody has been specially designed to achieve the best synergy with the front splitter and the adjustable rear wing. The vehicle also features a removable body with quick-release fasteners for optimized component replacement. Complementing this, the chassis features high torsional and bending stiffness.
The MC20 GT2’s steering assistance is fully electric. All suspension parts of the vehicle are special racing components. For example, there are adjustable shock absorbers and adjustable stabilizers at both the front and rear. There is also a six-speed sequential racing transmission and paddle shifters on the steering wheel with electronic gearshift actuator. The Alcantara®-clad carbon dashboard and ten-inch data acquisition system create a futuristic interior with intuitive controls.
This masterpiece of mechanics and technology is built in accordance with GT2 regulations and is also aimed at gentleman drivers wishing to compete in the European GT championship. Fifty examples of the MC20 GT2 will be built to cement Maserati’s reputation in the world of motorsport.
Andrea Bertolini, Maserati factory driver, commented, “The first days are always quite unique. This is especially true for me because I was lucky enough to lead Maserati to success already in the GT1 World Championship, where I won four titles. Now we are about to go back on the race track with another wonderful automobile. We’ve done a lot of testing and the initial feedback is positive. Getting behind the wheel of a GTR race car again has been really exciting, and I could see that everyone involved is very enthusiastic and motivated. We focused on developing a product that not only stands up to its competition, but is also an ideal car for our gentleman drivers in terms of handling, comfort and performance. We want them to experience a unique feeling in this car. Over the last few months, we have been working intensively on the simulator thanks to the commitment of a great team. Now we have a series of intense test days ahead of us to prepare to go back on the track.”