THE AMAZING MASERATI MC20 GT2 SEEN ON TRACK FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING TESTING
If you're gonna go racing, go all the way. And that's exactly what Maserati is doing with the MC20. Now, it's not quite a homologation special - at least, not yet - but it's already been confirmed that a GT3 version is in the pipeline for endurance racing. But before that happens, the Italian carmaker is putting the GT2 racer through its paces with some testing miles. The amazing-looking MC20 GT2 racecar has been spotted lapping the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti circuit in Italy, sporting a thin layer of camo that does absolutely nothing to conceal the car's underlying beauty - we reckon all that effort to hide things is a bit of a waste of time because we’ve already seen some official pics of the car. In fact, the pics of all angles of the car can be found on the Maserati website. It does seem like there have been some tweaks since those images were shown last year - it looks like minor changes have taken place on the side intakes which have been relocated and we see a larger air snorkel fitted to the engine cover. The front splitter is more conventional-looking with a flat lower section and canards on either side of the bumper. This new generation of GT2 machinery is aimed squarely at amateur racing drivers, which means they've been designed to be less complex than their GT3 counterparts but that doesn’t mean a helping of talent and guts isn’t needed - they’re still rapid things. They pack a serious punch under the hood and even have a sizeable power increase over the GT3s. Maserati says they're engineered in a way that makes them easier to drive than a GT3, which is music to the ears of us mere mortals - if we ever crack a chance to drive in one.
Underneath that exterior that makes the car look fast even when parked lies the same twin-turbocharged, 3.0-litre Nettuno V6 engine as the road car, but with a little extra power on board. The power is rumoured to be around 470 kW, which only is a bit less than the Merc-AMG GT2 and Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport 25, but Maserati says it's taking the engine to "a higher level" and in motoring speak that has to mean a bump in power. The chassis has been given several revisions, too, including a more race-focused suspension system with uprated adjustable shocks and anti-roll bars more suited to the task. As for the interior, Maserati is keeping things both futuristic and minimalistic - there's not a whole lot going on in there except for the safety cage, FIA-spec seating, all the relevant gauges and that super sexy bowtie-style race steering wheel. There’s also carbon fibre scattered around with the 10-inch driver's display taking centre stage to provide the pilot with all the relevant and necessary telemetry to keep the car running optimally when running a full tilt. All the changes are a good sign, the car definitely looks ready to compete, even though there’s no real feedback on the data accumulated from the testing session. We’re pretty sure the men in white coats at Maserati will spill the beans just before the car enters actual competition, you know, for bragging rights and stuff.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the insane new Maserati MC20 GT2 during its debut on track where it was put through its paces during a few fantastic shakedown runs: Maserati MC20 GT2 Makes Its Public Debut During Shakedown Track Testing | Rons Rides
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