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Just a few days ago, Maserati revealed a special edition track car called the Project24, which will be limited to only 62 units. But don't worry if you aren't high enough on the Italian automaker's preferred clientele list because there will now be another race car you can purchase. The Maserati MC20 GT2 will make its racing debut in 2023 during the Fanatec GT2 European Series Championship. Based on the road-going MC20, the race car will be offered to customers and teams looking for a new car.
"We are driven by our passion, both on the road and on the track. We have a long history of world excellence in motorsport and we are extremely proud to race with the extraordinary MC20. Racing has always been Maserati's natural habitat and now, both in the Fanatec GT2 European Series Championship and in the Formula E Championship, this brand is making a new start from its roots to build the future," says Maserati CEO Davide Grasso.
Like the road car, the MC20 GT2 is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged Nettuno V6 engine. The power output will be determined later based on FIA Balance of Performance rules, but Maserati says the engine will produce 630 horsepower in base form. Unlike the street-legal version, which uses an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the GT2 sends its power to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential box with a racing clutch and a mechanical limited-slip differential.
The GT2 car looks more extreme than the standard MC20 with racing aero, adjustable rear wing, and revised ducting. Additional performance upgrades include center-locking wheels, racing tires, on-board air jacks, bespoke brake cooling, Lexan windows, racing dampers, and front and rear anti-roll bars.
Inside, don't expect the GT2 to include any of the same amenities found on the road car. The interior features a single seat layout with a six-point safety belt plus an FIA-homologated safety roll cage and FIA-spec fire extinguisher. There's also a multi-function carbon-fiber steering wheel, optional rearview camera, video recorder, data acquisition system, tire pressure monitoring system, and air conditioning.
Since the vehicle is still in development, no pricing has been announced. The MC20 GT2 will race against other cars in the GT2 class, including the Audi R8 LMS GT2, Brabham BT62 GT2, KTM X-Bow GT2, Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo GT2, and Porsche GT2 RS CS.