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.