Twin-Turbo V6 Aural Bliss
This month, Maserati unveiled images and some info about their MC20 GT2 racing car which will be formally introduced at the 24 Hours of Spa tournament in June ’23. Subsequently, videos of the super-charged Nettuno V6 were uploaded on YouTube with footage from Italy’s Monza circuit giving us a glimpse of the impressive sound. User 19Bozzy92 was lucky enough to capture this footage.
The motor of the road car emits a magnificent sound, however, there is no doubt that it sounds even more spectacular here without any boundaries against emissions or noise rules. While appearing like a lowered Maserati MC20 featuring an immense wing, there is truly a lot more to this racing car than just that.
Maserati harnesses the underlying carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and 3.0-liter Nettuno V-6 engine of the base car, yet substitutes an even swifter moving six-speed sequential transmission for the dual-clutch system. Moreover, the prepping of the racecar’s suspension is customized, while aero elements are regulated to racecar standards. Additionally, creature comforts found in the interior have been eliminated and replaced with a secure cage, a carbon fiber dashboard, merely one racing seat coupled with a harness, and other necessary safety apparatuses.
The structure is produced using lightweight full composite material, and the backwing can be altered to work in cooperation with the front spoiler.
In its highway guise, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo unit develops 621 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, although the exact output figures for the race car are subject to the European GT2 Balance of Performance requirements. Maserati has yet to reveal these numbers, though the limited edition Project24 track car exerts an impressive 730 hp, thus it is expected that the raceway adaptation will be in that range.
Teams competing in the Fanatec GT2 European Series Championship can now purchase the MC20 GT2 following its preview last July, which constitutes a significant return to GT racing by Maserati – it has been twenty years since their famous predecessor, the MC12 , raced on the circuit. The upcoming June tournament will determine the amazing potential of this promising successor.