Maserati is in the middle of a motorsport comeback, and it plans to debut its MC20-based GT2 racecar this June at the 24 Hours of Spa. However, before this sleek racer can chase checkered flags, it must undergo its first on-track shakedown tests. The Italian carmaker announced today that the GT2 completed its first few runs around Parma's Autodromo Varano de' Melegari.
Like the MC20 upon which it's based, the GT2 counts on the same Nettuno turbocharged V6 engine as its road-going sibling, developing 621 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. In the road car, this translates to a 2.9-second 0-60 mph time and a 202 mph top speed. However, instead of an eight-speed automatic, the racecar sends power to its rear wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission.
Like the road car, the GT2 counts on a carbon-fiber monocoque but builds with composite body panels, a large front splitter, and an adjustable rear wing. Its power steering is electric, while its suspension features adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars. Inside, the GT2 carries over the 10-in digital instrument cluster from the road car, except now it's the only screen.
Andrea Bertolini said of the GT2's first shakedown test: "We've done lots of trial runs, and early feedback is positive. Getting back behind the wheel of a GT was really exciting, and I could see everyone involved was very enthusiastic and motivated. We've focused on developing a product that not only stands up to its competitors but is also an ideal car for our gentleman drivers in terms of handling, comfort, and performance. We want them to experience a unique feeling in this car."
Maserati isn't just planning to race in GT2. The carmaker announced late last year that it would also compete in the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, signifying that its return to racing is multifaceted. For now, we'll have to wait until June to see the Trident's latest efforts materialize on Belgium's famed circuit.