Maserati's GranTurismo racer is one serious Trofeo contender.
Top-tier automakers are finding that spec-racing series are the best way to show off what their exotic autos can do without all the rules and restrictions of public roadways. Maserati's Trofeo World Series sits beside Ferrari's Challenge series, Porsche's Carrera Cups and Lamborghini's Blancpain Super Trofeo series as niche racing circuits for the customer with the love for speed. 2012 marks Maserati's third year of the Trofeo World Series and today the Italian automaker has released their latest GranTurismo racer.
The new racer apparently does the Vallelunga circuit near Rome two and a half seconds faster than the previous year's racer, as it makes use of its lighter weight and more aerodynamic styling. The racing series isn't for those without deep pockets, as participation in just the European races cost $90,000 (car included). For the entire series, you can expect to fork over a whopping $140,000. For those with their own cars, pricing is set at $32,000 and $45,000, respectively. The 2012 Maserati Trofeo World Series features races around Europe, the Middle East and, in a first for the series, has racing events at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California and in China at the Shanghai International Circuit.