Road-going Edo MC12 VC created as Maserati’s 100th anniversary model

Article by Christian A., on November 2, 2016

As Maserati celebrates 100 years of its automotive existence, it is unveiling a new anniversary model derived from its legendary Maserati MC12 that made a name in the racing world. This new model is a piece of automotive modification work realized by edo competition Motorsport GmbH, a technical development partner for Maserati.

The choice of transforming the Maserati MC12 racing icon into a road-going anniversary model does not come as a surprise. The Maserati MC12 is an awesome racing car by itself, having earned around 19 wins between 2005 and 2010. In addition, the Maserati MC12 also grabbed the FIA GT1 world championship in 2005. Converting a Maserati MC12 into a road-going unit was a feat that edo achieved in 2005, which could be a reason why Maserati turned to the motor sports company for the project. The result of this project – led by project manager Maurizio Leschiutta -- is the one-off edo MC12 VC.

As a starter, the edo MC12 VC was derived from a 2004 Maserati MC12 with a carbon fiber monocoque-style body. The project team made sure that the modifications to the specs of the MC12 Corsa are as slight as possible to deliver a very sporty yet road-going performance. Edo specially tuned the chassis MC12 to allow it to perform both on the streets and the race course while installing a lifting system for the front. In addition, edo installed its own Sport exhaust system to make the edo MC12 VC conform to the applicable noise emission limits, employing a flap system and radio control in the prices. Appropriate road lights are also installed.

In addition, edo installed a fan-supported water cooling system in the front end of the edo MC12 VC as well as a windscreen with controllable ventilation. Likewise, edo fitted a disk braking system, as well as complementary brake cooling and hand brake. As a road-going car, the edo MC12 VC should be able to refuel at traditional petrol stations, which edo made sure that it could. Of course, edo made sure that the edo MC12 VC is fitted with wheels and tires with specs designed for road use. Lastly, the doors of the edo MC12 VC now feature locks. All these were done by a six-member team led by Edo Karabegovic.

On the other hand, the core of the edo MC12 VC is a high-output 6.0-liter V12 that sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. This engine provides 755 hp (555 kW) of max output at 8,000 rpm and 740 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. These figures allow the 1,250-kg edo MC12 VC to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in around three seconds and to 200 km/h in around six seconds, and then achieve a top speed of 330 km/h.

It took edo around seven months to complete all development and rebuilding work for the edo MC12 VC. Wrapped in victory blue exterior color, the edo MC12 VC was then test driven by Maserati pilot Michael Bartels and FIA GT world champion at the Hockenheimring. After nine months passed since the project was started, the complete road-going sports car was officially handed over to Harald J. Wester, Maserati’s head of brand management and development manager in Autodromo di Modena. The edo MC12 VC now sits on display at the Maserati Museum in Modena.

Press Release

Maserati anniversary model edo MC12 VC

edo competition new Maserati partner

For a century Maserati has been synonymous with the most noble Italian sports cars and is now celebrating 100 years. For this special occasion a unique anniversary model should be presented. The Italians’ suggestion, it should be a road going Maserati MC12 Corsa! Was the MC12 not incredibly successful in racing. Between 2005 and 2010 Maserati had 19 wins and in 2005 it was the winner of the FIA GT1 world championships.

In order to implement this extraordinary and unique project the decision was made in the factory to get the Westphalian motor sports company edo on board. The background to this decision came from back in 2005 when edo competition successfully managed to realise a road going Maserati MC12 with a TÜV report.

Once the project had been confirmed and the contracts had been worked out, die edo competition Motorsport GmbH officially became a technical development partner for Maserati S.p.A. Modena, Italy in January They we both quick to decide on a name: Maserati “edo MC12 VC”!

The term VC ´Versione Corse´ stands in place of the project road going ´edo MC12VC´ realised by both partners in technology Maserati and edo competition.

To implement this extraordinary and one-off project, 2004 Maserati MC12 was used as the basis. All of the components were provided so it was possible to do a clearly wider reaching reconstruction. The leading Maserati project manager, Maurizio Leschiutta, provided the requirement specifications.

· Only the slightest deviations from the original racing car should be made for the road version edo MC12 VC

· Installing an edo-Sport exhaust system which conforms to the applicable noise emission limits (via a flap system and radio control)

· Possibility to refuel at traditional petrol stations (rather than pressure fuelling)

· Special chassis tuning for the streets and the race course (Height of the body, dampener and spring rate individually adjustable, etc.)

· Installation of a lifting system for the front

· Fan supported water cooling system in the front end

· Wheel /tire combination with altered requirements specification for use in the streets.

· Installation of lights in compliance with the Road Traffic Licensing Regulation

· Installation of locks on the doors

· Building an adequate windscreen with controllable ventilation to prevent the window from streaming up (instead of a plastic windscreen)

· Adaption of a disk braking system and accompanying brake cooling and hand brake

The challenge was great. The highest expectations of quality, numerous details to be aware of, a tight schedule and a multitude of constructive adaptations had to be made.

Developing, manufacturing, altering, deconstructing, assembling, adjusting polishing and painting: for this project edo competition was able to use all of its flexibility and manufacturing. It was the only way possible to be able to produce all of the numerous different parts, work on them and make it conform to the Road Legal Licensing Regulation in such a short time.

After a 7-month development and rebuilding phase it was ready. The edo MC12 VC stood completed in the company headquarters in Ahlen and received its last coat in “victory blue”. The 6-member team lead by Edo Karabegovic was working down to the wire. Delivering a high quality prefect product was at the fore.

The technical data for edo MC12VC:

Engine: 6.0 Litre V12

Performance: 755 hp (555kW) at 8000 rpm.

max. torque: 740 Nm at 5.500 rpm

Deadweight: 1,250 kg

Body: Carbon fibre in Monocoque style

Transmission: F1-paddel shift; 6 gears

Top speed (depending on the gear ratio): up to 330 km/h

0-100 approx. 3 secs (Maserati factory specs.)

0-200 approx. 6 secs (Maserati factory specs.)

Quantity: 1

Now it could go further on the Hockenheimring, Maserati pilot Michael Bartels’ home turf (chief driver Vita4One, Maserati factory driver and FIA GT world champion) and another collaborator in this project. Here, all of the components were tested on function, performance and dynamic. The edo MC12 VC was not shown any mercy. After numerous laps everyone agreed that everything was running perfectly and almost without errors. Small things had to be changed, improved and optimised so that in the end you could see the happiest faces.

Then there were other essential components which the edo MC12 VC needed to be road legal. It quickly became clear to edo competition that it shouldn’t be about the usual registration plates. It should be about an almost perfect combination for the plate: MA – MC 12 approved at the Maserati headquarters in Germany. How was this registration plate conjured up? …. well, some things have to be kept secret.

In March 2015, 9 months after starting work, the now completely new super sports car was taken to Italy to be officially handed over in Autodromo di Modena. The Maserati project leader Maurizio Leschiutta, Maserati pilot Michael Bartels and Edo Karabegovic, owner of edo competition Motorsport GmbH officially and proudly handed over this extraordinary fireball to Harald J. Wester, Maserati’s head of brand management and development manager. Wester couldn’t say no to the first drive. Then Michael Bartels piloted, he made an impressive presentation of the edo MC12 VC on the legendary track.

With the official handover the project for the anniversary model “edo MC12 VC” was competed very successfully for everyone involved.

Looking back, it was a proud achievement and a remarkable result for the edo competition Team to received and successfully carry out such a special one-off and official job for a renowned automotive manufacturing company. It is a milestone in the company’s history.

100 years of Maserati, 15 years of Edo Competition, 1 car!

The edo MC12 VC is currently on display at the Maserati Museum in Modena and is presented across the globe.

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