Maserati surprised us all when it announced that it was working on a track-only supercar based on the MC20, called Project24 which will be produced in just 62 units. The special supercar is a spiritual successor to the racing version of the Enzo-based Maserati MC12, and celebrates the rich heritage of the Trident in motorsports.
Maserati has released three official sketches of its upcoming supercar. The body panels are made of carbon fiber with some components from natural fibers. The connection to the MC20 is evidenced only by the shape of the greenhouse, since everything else seems to be made to order. Even the windows are unique to Project24 because they are made with Lexan for weight saving purposes.
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Not just regulations for road vehicles, the designers at Centro Stile Maserati went for the superlative look with slim LED lights on the fenders, an F1-style splitter, large hood vents, extended side sills and a new type of flying strut, Racing mirrors, and a massive rear spoiler attached to a central fin. The rear also gets Trident-inspired LED taillights, dual high-mounted exhaust pipes, and a race-spec diffuser.
Maserati says the front and rear antennas are “multi-tuned,” and produce high levels of downforce. Finally, the center-locking 18-inch forged aluminum wheels with special pneumatic shrouds were built specifically for Project24, and they are fitted with slick tires.
Inside a racing car
We haven’t been able to see the cabin graphics yet, but we’re expecting a spartan, motorsport-like atmosphere. Just like the race car, Project24 gets a replica roll cage from FIA, a fire extinguisher and a proprietary fuel tank. It will also have a multifunctional carbon fiber steering wheel with integrated display, a driver’s racing seat with six-point harness, gearshift paddles, adjustable pedal box, adjustable steering column, air conditioning, data acquisition, ABS tuning and control. in traction. Optional features include an additional passenger seat, Driving Performance Enhancement display, rear view camera display, in-vehicle camera, telemetry logging and tire pressure monitoring.
Project24 shares its lightweight carbon fiber monocoque with the MC20 but benefits from a series of track-focused upgrades, which better fit its new role. The dry Maserati Nettuno 3.0-liter V6 produces 730 hp (544 kW / 740 hp), a healthy increase over the 621 hp (463 kW / 630 hp) for the MC20 on the road. Higher output combined with a lower weight of just under 1,250 kg (2,756 lb) results in a power-to-weight ratio of 1.69 kg/hp.
Power is transmitted to the rear axle via a six-speed sequential gearbox, with a racing clutch and mechanical limited-slip differential that complement the motorsport-inspired setup. The double wishbone suspension is tuned specifically for the track with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars. The supercar also benefits from Brembo CCMR ventilated brakes with racing calipers and a custom brake cooling system.
Maserati hasn’t revealed a price for Project24, but we think 62 units will be sold soon. Track-only supercar owners will have access to a range of services including track-specific expertise and support, as in other similar programs from competing automakers.