DESTINED FOR THE TRACK
The MC12 road car was only ever a ticket to endurance racing for Maserati, and as soon as the 25 required Stradales were built, the factorybacked AF Corse stable was let loose on the FIA GT Championship. But fears that the car would prove too dominant, as with the Mercedes-benz CLK GTR back in the ’90s, delayed homologation approval until late in the season.
By 2005 the car had been cleared, and the Maseratis duly swept aside all competition, winning the constructors’ title with 239 points – almost doubling Ferrari’s tally.
MC12S carried the champion drivers from 2006-’09, as well as scoring a win in the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010 (right).
Maserati also had difficulty getting the green light to race in the American Le Mans Series due to the MC12 exceeding length and width restrictions. In 2005, the governing body allowed it to run – but not to score points – and the single Risi Competizione car failed to make an impression, crashing out of the season finale at Laguna Seca.
Following the GT1’S on-track success, a strictly track-only version of the MC12 was created for customers with deep pockets. Owners of the 12 ‘Corsa’ versions, priced at €1m each and finished in the firm’s Blue Victory hue, were only allowed to drive the cars during sanctioned track days. Based on the GT1, these variants produced 745bhp.