Maserati plans to launch a new one-make series for the car next year

Maserati plans to launch a new one-make series for the car next year

The wraps have come off the new Maserati GranTurismo MC race car, which has been developed for the FIA GT4 class and will compete in several GT4 European Cup races later this year. The new model is an offshoot of the GranTurismo MC Concept introduced last September in Monza and is based on the GranTurismo S road version, with electro-actuated gearbox system.

No major specs have been revealed but the car runs the GranTurismo’s 4.7L V8 engine, and features a double cone racing air filter, high-flow exhaust with removable catalysts, and full carbon-fiber bodywork. According to Maserati the car also has a power-to-weight ratio of less than 3.4kg/hp (4.6kg/kW) and a kerb weight of less than 1,400kg.

Maserati chose to create a model with GT4 features because this is the category with the closest links to production models, as well as in response to a niche of GranTurismo road car owners who seeking a racing version of their cars.

A limited series of the GranTurismo MC produced for gentlemen drivers who wish to race in the 2010 GT4 European Cup and the national series, will be on sale from October. The indicative price is €135,000 plus taxes, and the cars will be sold directly through the Maserati Corse racing division.

Maserati eventually hopes to launch its own one-make series, similar to Lamborghini’s own Super Trofeo series, and is looking for a 2010 debut.