Earlier this week Maserati unveiled its new rival for the Ferrari 488 Pista and Porsche 911 GT3 — the MC20.
The twin-turbo V6 supercar is something of a revival for the marque after a period of lull, while also representing a spiritual successor to its MC12 hypercar. And in light of rumours that Maserati is looking to return to motorsport, VelocityNews’ sister publication NZ Autocar has developed a render of the MC20 in race-ready GT3 or GTE trim.
Unveiled over 15 years ago and based on Ferrari Enzo underpinnings, the MC12 was transformed into a GT1 machine to take on the likes of Chevrolet, Ferrari, the Viper and more across FIA GT, Japanese Super GT, and the American Le Mans series among other championships.
While Maserati has yet to formally confirm an interest in taking its MC20 racing, there are numerous indications in its production that show it would make for an excellent GT racing platform. These range from the carbon-fibre tub, co-developed by Dallara, to the V6 engine.
Producing 463kW of power and 730Nm of torque, the MC20’s Nettuno 3.0-litre engine also features technology derived from the six-cylinder engines in Formula 1. Maserati claims it’s the first production car to make use of pre-chamber combustion. This is combined with twin spark plugs and an electronic wastegate.
It would not be the first time Maserati has built a car for similar GT3 or GTE regulations. The firm unveiled a GT3 version of its GranTurismo back in 2013, although it struggled to be competitive.
Maserati is on the edge of an overhaul to its line-up, with confirmation that 13 new models are due to be revealed and or delivered by the end of 2024. These range from the MC20, to a new compact SUV called the Grecale, and a well overdue new version of the aforementioned GranTurismo.