Maserati MC20-based GT2 revealed, begins racing in 2023

Maserati is ready to return to sports activities automobile racing this yr with a brand new GT2-spec race automobile based mostly on its MC20 supercar.

The brand new race automobile is formally the Maserati GT2, and it made its debut on Friday on the sidelines of the 24 Hours of Spa, the spotlight of the SRO-sanctioned GT World Problem Europe.

Whereas that sequence is open to GT3-spec automobiles, the Maserati is ready to contest SRO’s GT2 European Collection. The sequence is open to buyer groups and consists of race automobiles based mostly on the Audi R8, KTM X-Bow, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Porsche 911, and extra.

Maserati’s GT2 will begin racing within the tail-end of 2023 and take part within the full 2024 season, the automaker mentioned.

2023 Maserati GT2 race car

2023 Maserati GT2 race automobile

The GT2 is carefully linked to the MC20 street automobile. It runs the identical turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 (output is dependant on Stability of Efficiency), although the race automobile adopts a a lot wilder aerodynamic design with bigger aspect intakes and an adjustable rear wing connected through swan-neck struts. There’s additionally the noticeable entrance splitter and rear diffuser, and in line with Maserati’s there’s additionally a totally flat flooring that helps enhance air movement.

The race automobile’s whole physique shell can also be constituted of light-weight composite supplies. The physique panels function a quick-release design to make sure new elements may be swapped in shortly, Maserati mentioned. The fenders are additionally a brand new design to accommodate a wider observe. They function louvers up entrance and the aforementioned bigger aspect intakes on the rear, the latter aimed toward radiators.

Different areas particular to the race automobile embrace the suspension elements (adjustable dampers and adjustable anti-roll bars), 6-speed sequential transmission, quick-release steering wheel, and 6.5-inch driver info show. The ABS system can also be particular and may be calibrated by the motive force from behind the wheel.

2023 Maserati GT2 race car

2023 Maserati GT2 race automobile

The GT2 has some massive sneakers to fill. Some readers will recall the MC20’s predecessor, the Ferrari Enzo-based MC12, competed within the FIA GT Collection throughout the 2000s and was profitable in at least three 24 Hours of Spa races (2005, 2006, and 2008).

Maserati’s return to motorsports kicked off this yr with a factory-backed staff competing within the Formulation E World Championship. The automaker can also be engaged on an MC20 observe automobile that is based mostly on the MC20 and will probably be a precursor for a race automobile designed for the GT lessons of the IMSA SportsCar Championship or FIA World Endurance Championship.

“Our DNA and our spirit have all the time lain in racing,” David Grasso, Maserati’s CEO, mentioned in a press release. “Now greater than ever we need to rekindle and nourish that aggressive ardour that has all the time characterised and motivated us to attain main milestones.”