2008 Maserati MC12 CorsaSOLD
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Estimate: €775.000-€950.000

€770.000 Sold

755 bhp, 5,999 cc V-12 engine, six-speed Maserati Cambiocorsa transmission, four-wheel independent adjustable suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,800 mm (110 in.)

The MC12 marked Maserati’s re-entry into the ultra-exclusive supercar market and international racing scene. A tangible symbol of Maserati engineering and a worthy descendant of the company’s greatest racing machines, the MC12 was designed from the outset to conquer the FIA GT Championship.

MC12 Development

Thanks to its relationship with Ferrari, Maserati utilised the Enzo as a platform from which a total of 50 road going MC12s would be built between 2004 and 2005 to meet homologation requirements. Initially code-named and tested as the MCC, the resultant MC12 was introduced at the 74th Geneva International Motor Show in 2004 alongside the new GranSport model. Presented by Luca di Montezemolo, the two cars were later joined by the MC12’s competition variant, signalling a remarkable Maserati tour de force and a concerted effort to return the marque to international competitiveness.

American Frank Stephenson, Director of Concept Design and Development at Maserati, worked closely with wind tunnel engineers to perfect the car’s design. Its general dimensions recall the Group C Le Mans cars of the 1980s, with the Enzo wheelbase lengthened by about 15 cm and overall length increased by over 44 cm. Not only did this added length increase high-speed stability, it also translated into added interior room, making the car more comfortable for taller drivers, especially when wearing helmets during racing.

Also borrowed from the Enzo was the naturally aspirated, dual-overhead cam, 6.0-litre 12-cylinder engine, which aside from producing a veritable symphony of high performance sounds, developed 630 bhp at full tune. With a curb weight of 2,943 lbs the mid-engined MC12 boasted a zero-to-100 km/h time of just 3.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph). All this power was harnessed by Maserati’s Cambiocorsa six-speed transmission. With a choice of sport and race modes, the MC12’s transmission was capable of lightning-fast, aggressive shifts on the track as well as delivering the road manners for which Maserati’s latest generation of road going cars are renowned.

Under the direction of Giorgio Ascanelli, Maserati’s Reparto Corse was responsible for modifying the standard road going version to conform to the stringent regulations of international motorsports competition. Between 2004 and 2008, the limited number of MC12s competing on the world’s most renowned racetracks accumulated 15 victories, 32 podium finishes, two successive 24-hour wins at Spa Francorchamps and eight titles, including two manufacturers’ cups, two drivers’ titles and three team championships.

Versione Corse

In 2006 Maserati elected to build a limited series of 12 MC12s, developed directly from the MC12 GT1, which won the 2005 FIA GT Championship. Designated Versione Corse, 12 fortunate clients were specifically chosen by Maserati and, while the Versione Corse, or simply Corsa, was not intended for road use, it was to be driven in track events specially organised by Maserati.

Most importantly, it allowed private owners to drive and enjoy an unparalleled supercar. As Edward Butler, one of Maserati’s General Managers, stated, “The world-beating racing car was developed from the Maserati MC12 road car and the Corsa is derived directly from the GT1 racing car exclusively for track use.” He continued, “The MC12 Corsa has been developed in response to the customer demand to own the MC12 racing car and fuelled by the growth in track days, where owners can drive their cars at high speeds in the safety of a race track without the obvious constraints of normal road use. Without doubt the MC12 Corsa is the ultimate track day car!”

All aspects of the MC12 Corsa are closely related to its GT1 counterpart, although it features the shortened nose that permitted the GT1 to compete in the American Le Mans series. The six-litre V-12 engine was essentially the same, but with horsepower up to an astonishing 755 bhp at 8,000 rpm. All told, the MC12 Corsa is reportedly capable of sprinting to 200 km/h in just 6.4 seconds, shifting gears through the six-speed electronically actuated Cambiocorsa transmission.

#12

The Maserati MC12 Corsa presented here is the most desirable of all. It is the last of the 12 examples built, finished in 2008, and is entirely new, never having left the Maserati factory in Modena, as the current and only owner never took delivery. As such it has only factory mileage on its odometer. It is further identified by its “Blue Victory” exterior finish with a red suede interior and seats – the only one in the world with this exquisite and very Maserati-appropriate colour combination. Every element, both cosmetically and mechanically, is in spectacular, brand new condition. In fact, until recently, the car even retained its pre-delivery protective plastic covering, which was only removed for the purpose of presentation prior to the sale. MC12 Corsa #12 is also equipped with arguably the most desirable factory specification, including an optional second seat, adjustable suspension and a quieter 92 db exhaust although, admittedly, “quiet” is a relative term!

While the MC12 Corsa is related to the Ferrari FXX in both spirit and execution, it differs from its Ferrari sibling in several major respects, not the least of which is the additional torque produced by the engine. Moreover, the MC12 benefits from a race-winning pedigree and added rarity, as only 12 MC12s were produced compared to the 29 FXXs. Although the Corsa was never intended for street use, one example, serial number 01, was successfully modified, road registered in Germany and recently changed hands for a world record price. Spectacularly liveried in Victory Blue with a stunning red interior, Maserati MC12 Corsa #12 is quite simply one of a kind – rare, ultra exclusive and breathtakingly fast. It is the ultimate private racing car for the true gentleman driver and a supercar of unparalleled collectibility for the discerning enthusiast.

Reference Number 41599

as of 4/5/2009

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Car 2008 Maserati MC12 Corsa
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