You'd think that the kind of hypercars making their debuts over the last few years would have rendered cars like Maserati's MC12 dull and old-fashioned, but the latest video from Maserati (via AutoEmotionenTV) shows that couldn't be further from the truth. If anything, the race-prepared MC12 GT1 'Centenario' looks and sounds more spectacular than ever, more than justifying its existence among the supercar elite.
As you might have gathered from the name, the Centenario has been painted up to celebrate Maserati's 100th anniversary taking place this year. It looks entirely at home around the curves of Virginia International Raceway, darting from corner to corner like the dedicated racing machine it is. It certainly provided a treat for the spectators at VIR, who got a rare glimpse of a car rarely raced these days.
Based on the Ferrari Enzo and housing the same 6.0-liter V-12, the MC12 was Maserati's special offshoot allowing it to compete in the FIA GT1 series—to much success. The statistics speak for themselves: Out of 94 races, the MC12 took 40 victories, six teams championships, two constructor championships and allowed six drivers to take GT series championships. Success is only part of it, of course—it's also stunning to behold, blindingly fast and fantastic sounding. Watch the video and see for yourself.