- Maserati returns to grand touring with the GT2, a modified version of the MC20 supercar.
- The same twin-turbocharged V-6 sits behind the racer, but it’s likely to make more than the road-legal car’s 621 hp.
- The GT2-spec MC20 features adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars as well as a large rear wing to go along with plenty of carbon fiber.
Maserati will enter the GT2 European Series with a track-ready version of its MC20 supercar. The automaker today revealed the first images of the race car, simply dubbed GT2; a full reveal will take place at the 24 Hours of Spa in June.
The GT2 class is confusingly between the GT4 and GT3 cars in terms of performance, and other homologated GT2 cars include versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT, KTM X-Bow and Brabham BT63.
The GT2-spec MC20 will share the Nettuno twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with the road version. In the production MC20, the engine pumps out 621 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque, but Maserati says the race car takes it “to a higher level.”
Maserati also highlights the carbon fiber central monocoque and lightweight, fully composite bodywork, which has quick-release panels in case they need to be replaced mid-race.
The MC20’s suspension has also been revised for GT2 competition, with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear. The GT2 gets electric power steering and a six-speed sequential paddle shift gearbox, while the extreme aerodynamic package includes dive planes on the front bumper and a gigantic rear wing. Inside, the carbon fiber dashboard has an integrated 10-inch screen, but is otherwise pretty bare bones.
The arrival of the MC20-based GT2 continues Maserati’s return to motorsport, which began with the brand’s entry into Formula E this year. So far, the Maserati Formula E team has scored three points and suffered four retirements over the first five rounds.
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