Maserati MC12 Fiorano Test 2004 Driver Michael Schumacher Limited Edition of 507 pieces Worldwide,
Motorsport forms the heart of Maserati's heritage, as for over thirty years building racing cars was the core business for the Italian company.
The few road cars produced were very closely related to the racing cars and were built solely to fund the Works racing program. Towards the end of the 1950s Maserati broke with tradition and since then only a handful of racing cars and engines were constructed.
The switch has brought mixed fortunes for Maserati and in the 1980s and 1990s, the company struggled to survive. At the end of the 1990s, the company was sold to longtime rival Ferrari. Since then Maserati has steadily recovered and with the company's heritage in mind it was not a complete surprise that a return to level racing was announced in 2004.
With Ferrari clearly involved in Formula 1 and a high tech prototype racer probably too big of a step, Maserati opted to enter GT-racing. Unfortunately there was not a car in the range, which would be an ideal candidate to go racing with, so Maserati turned to Ferrari for some assistance.
They were happy to help out and allowed Maserati to use the Enzo chassis and drivetrain as a basis for the new racer. To homologate the car for the GT1 class at least 25 examples a year for two years had to be produced. With a booming market for high performance cars, this did not seem to be a problem, so work was started on the Enzo based road car and racing car.
Originally known as the MCC, both versions were planned to be launched at the 2004 Geneva Motorshow.
The car was tested at the Fiorano Circuit from 01/12/2004 until 02/18/2004.
During this period the car has made 872 laps around the Fiorano Circuit
The Fiorano track, is 2,976 km, its short course is 1,413 km
Years of production: 2004 - 2005
Body design : Pininfarina
Major wins : 2005 Spa 24 Hours (15439/02)2006 Spa 24 Hours2005 and 2007 FIA GT manufacturer titles
Engine : 65Âº V 12
Engine Location : Mid , longitudinally mounted
Engine weight : 232 kilo/511.5 lbs
Configuration : aluminum alloy block and head
Displacement : 5.998 liter/366 cu in
Bore/Stroke : 92.0 mm (3.6 in)/75.2 mm (3 in)
Compression ratio : 11.2:1
Valvetrain : 4 valves/cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed : Bosch Fuel injection
Aspiration : Naturally Aspirated
Chassis/body : carbon fibre/nomex honeycomb monocoque, front and rear aluminum subframe
Front suspension : double wishbones, push-rod operated coil springs over dampers
Rear suspension : double wishbones, push-rod operated coil springs over dampers
Steering : rack-and-pinion, power assisted
Brakes : Brembo cross-drilled and ventilated carbon ceramic discs, all-round
Gearbox : 6 speed Sequential
Drive : Rear wheel drive
Weight : 1110 kilo/2447.1 lbs
Length/Width/Height : 5143 mm (202.5 in)/2096 mm (82.5 in)/1205 mm (47.4 in)
Wheelbase/Track(fr/r) : 2800 mm (110.2 in)/1660 mm (65.4 in)/1650 mm (65 in)
Power : 623 bhp/465 KW @ 7500 rpm
Torque : 652 Nm/481 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
BHP/Liter : 104 bhp/liter
Power to weight ratio : 0.56 bhp/kg