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- Cars · Consumer Goods · Maserati S.p.A · Italy · Kyrgyzstan · Modena · Nettuno · Dallara

Maserati has long been hint­ing at the im­mi­nent launch of their fu­tur­is­tic MC20 stun­ner, and fi­nally re­vealed the sleek new­comer to the iconic sports car brand’s model line-up, dur­ing an on­line event in early Septem­ber 2020.

Serv­ing as an au­di­ence for the new car, sev­eral old and new Maser­atis lined up in the front row of the au­di­to­rium where the MC20 was launched, with their rear lights form­ing a vir­tual guard of hon­our for the ar­rival of one of the most sig­nif­i­cant Maser­atis of the modern era.

Not only does the MC20 mark the start of a new era for the Maserati brand, but it also hopes to in­vig­o­rate the some­what ail­ing Maserati sales with a new en­gine and stun­ning, in­spi­ra­tional de­sign.

ALL ABOUT THE MILL

Care­fully sculpted at Maserati’s Viale Ciro Menotti fac­tory in Mo­dena, Italy, the MC20 looks set to be­come a con­tem­po­rary clas­sic for sev­eral rea­sons, chief among them, Maserati’s brand new Net­tuno mill that boasts the brand’s new MTC (Maserati Twin Com­bus­tion) tech­nol­ogy.

De­vel­oped en­tirely by Maserati, the 3.0-litre Net­tuno V6 en­gine gen­er­ates up to 463 kW of power and 730 Nm of torque from 3,000 r/min. With these fig­ures, the 620 hp en­gine is claimed to be ca­pa­ble of pro­pel­ling its 1,500 kg car­bon fi­bre charge to a top speed of more than 325 km/h.

To achieve its phe­nom­e­nal power-to-weigh­tra­tio of 2.33 kg/hp, Maserati em­ployed car­bon fi­bre ex­ten­sively in the chas­sis and through­out the cabin.

DE­SIGN DE­LIGHT

The MC20’s tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion does not end in the en­gine bay. As much as 97% of the car’s de­vel­op­ment was per­formed vir­tu­ally, ac­cord­ing to Maserati, us­ing their Vir­tual Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics De­vel­op­ment sys­tem that em­ploys the Vir­tual Car

math­e­mat­i­cal model to re­duce de­vel­op­ment time, and the time re­quired to find op­ti­mal tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions to com­plex tech­ni­cal chal­lenges.

The MC20’s beau­ti­fully sim­plis­tic shape can also partly be at­trib­uted to com­puter-aided de­vel­op­ment work. By care­fully bal­anc­ing a blend of crafts­man­ship and en­gi­neer­ing op­po­sites, Maserati has cre­ated a de­sign that is at once both ele­gant and sporty. At the same time, it em­bod­ies the mar­que’s rac­ing spirit and pro­vides an un­ri­valled feel­ing of driv­ing plea­sure.

More than 2,000 work­ing hours were spent in the Dal­lara Wind Tun­nel per­fect­ing the car’s aero­dy­namic sig­na­ture, and over 1,000 com­pu­ta­tional fluid dy­nam­ics sim­u­la­tions were con­ducted to en­sure ef­fi­cient air dis­tri­bu­tion over the body and un­der the car’s floor, elim­i­nat­ing the need for a rear spoiler while main­tain­ing a high down­force quo­tient.

LAST WORD

Look­ing ahead, the MC20 sig­ni­fies more than just an­other model on the Maserati web­site drop­down list. Along with sev­eral new cars in­tro­duced this year – the Ghi­bli Hy­brid and Tro­feo per­for­mance range – the MC20 marks an in­no­va­tion mile­stone that will set the tone for fu­ture Maserati sports cars. The plat­form is also prepped to ac­com­mo­date an all-elec­tric ver­sion of the car, which will likely be pro­duced at the same Mo­de­nese plant.

Ex­pect to see the MC20 on lo­cal roads dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2021, with pric­ing to be an­nounced by the start of the new year.

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