Maserati are track testing their new MC20 GT2 in preparation for its official racing debut at the 75th running of the 24 Hours of Spa which takes place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium July 1-2. The Crowdstrike 24 Hours of Spa is the biggest GT car race in the world according to race organizers. So far 56 cars have been entered from manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Maserati.
This marks Maserati’s first return to GT racing since the MC12 competed in the FIA GT Championships from 2004 to 2010. Maserati won the 24 Hours of Spa in 2005, 2006 and 2008 with their MC12.
“We are driven by our passion, both on the road and on the track,” Davide Grasso, Maserati CEO recently stated. “We have a long history of world excellence in motorsport and we are extremely proud to race with the extraordinary MC20. Racing has always been Maserati’s natural habitat and now, both in the Fanatec GT2 European Series Championship and in the Formula E Championship, this brand is making a new start from its roots to build the future”.
The Maserati MC20 GT2 is based on the road going car which is powered by a 630 hp 3.0 litre twin-combustion, twin-spark, twin-turbo V6 engine. The MC20 GT2 uses a 6-speed sequential racing gearbox with a racing clutch and limited-slip self-locking mechanical differential powering the rear wheels.
“The first few days are always quite unique, even more so for me when I was fortunate enough to bring Maserati to success at the GT1 World Championships, where I won four titles,” said Maserati test driver Andrea Bertolini. “We are now about to get back on track with yet another wonderful car. Getting back behind the wheel of a GT was really exciting, and I could see everyone involved was very enthusiastic and motivated. We’ve focused on developing a product that not only stands up to its competitors but is also an ideal car for our gentleman drivers in terms of handling, comfort and performance. We want them to experience a unique feeling in this car. We have an intense series of test days ahead of us, to get us ready to get back on track.”
The shakedown took place at the Autodromo di Varano de’ Melegari which is located about an hour west of Maserati’s Modena headquarters in Northern Italy.
“Maserati Corse is bringing the link between Formula E factory program and our road cars with the MC20 GT2,” Jean-Marc Finot, Senior VP, STELLANTIS Motorsport, recently stated. “This new step is completing the legacy and the legitimacy of Maserati in Motorsport. The MC20 is a fantastic road legal car. We are happy that our passionate customer will enjoy racing with it”.
Formula E drivers Edoardo Mortara and Maximilian Guenther recently took two roadgoing Maserati MC20’s out onto the track to have some fun.
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