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Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept - Web Exclusive

Sep 26, 2008
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Maserati calls this new concept car a sportier version of the GranTurismo S. But in reality, this race-spec GranTurismo MC Concept is a track demon ready to be unleashed.

The exterior benefits from improved aerodynamics but Maserati ensured the elegance and curvaceous lines of the original GranTurismo would not be completely lost.

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The main changes start with the radiator grille which feature two large air intakes designed to increase airflow to the engine and brakes. The front splitter and larger rear wing increase down force for high speed passes while additional vents in the hood also aid cooling. There are also vents integrated into the side skirts and rear venders to chill the brakes.

The chassis benefits from a significant weight reduction thanks to a welded steel frame. The interior was stripped clean except for a Sparco racing seat, welded rollcage (FIA approved) and in-car electronics. The windows are now made of lexan for even more weight reduction.

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Of course this Maserati MC Conept is going to accelerate faster than the street form. With 450hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, the V8 is equipped with a high performance cone air filter, plus race catalytic converters in conjunction with a Tubi exhaust.

The suspension is much stiffer using race-spec dampeners and springs. The wheels offer more grip as well with 18x12 front and 18x13" rims with Dunlop slicks. Finally, this MC Concept won't have problems braking thanks to Brembo 15" front and 12.3" rear rotors with monobloc racing calipers.Maserati hasn't finalized what circuit this new concept car might see action in but whichever one it does, it's definitely going to give the Italian manufacturer more motorsports credibility.



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