The new Maserati GranTurismo MC racecar, which has been developed for competition in the FIA GT4 class and in several other GT4 European Cup races in the latter part of 2009, has been revealed.
It is derivative of the GranTurismo MC Concept which was introduced in Monza last September and is patterned on the electro-actuated gearbox system-equipped GrandTurismo S road version.
Not much is known about the car except that it is powered by the GranTurismo's 4.7-liter V8 powerplant and comes with a double cone racing air filter, high-flow exhaust with removable catalysts and a full carbon fiber body.
According to the carmaker the car comes with a power-to-weight ratio of less than 3.4kg/hp (4.6g/kW) and a curb weight of under 1,400kg.
The car was deliberately chosen with GT4 traits because this is the class with the closest connection to factory versions, and also the response to a niche of GranTurismo road car owners who are looking for a racing variant of their cars.
There will be a limited series GranTurismo manufactured for those who want to enter the 2010 GT4 European Cup and the national series which will hit the market beginning October 2009.
The initial price tag is 135,000 Euros excluding taxes, and the racecars will be vended directly via the company's racing division, the Maserati Corse. Eventually, Maserati will be launching its own one-make series, akin to the Super Trofeo series of Lamborghini, hoping to debut the car next year.