Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The MC12 is a wonderfully forthright thing, a homologation model created by Maserati to enable them to race in the FIA GT Championship. Effectively a sort of Ferrari Enzo MkII, it was based on the architecture of the Enzo, featuring an evolution of its 6.0-litre V12. The fun part is that, in addition to creating the 12 Corsa models like this one specifically for track use, Maserati also built 50 Stradale models - street-legal race cars with aggression in spades.
What you're seeing in an artfully sculpted nutshell is 750bhp, enough downforce to suck it to the roof of a tunnel (er, possibly), and a 7:24 Nürburgring lap time. One whole second quicker than an Enzo, incidentally... and that's just the road-legal model's time. This is probably a fair slice quicker.
The MC12 Corsa was a development of the GT1 racer rather than being a stripped out Stradale, and it trumped the road car by over 100bhp (Stradales have 620bhp, which is still a flip of a lot), as well as having a shortened nose and enlarged tail spoiler. This was the first MC12 produced - no.1 of the 12 Corsas - and, interestingly, has been modified for road use, including a four-wheel lifting system for clearing speedbumps and the like, so it's the best of both worlds. The brutal functionality of the Corsa, coupled with the - ahem - er, practicality of the Stradale. Imagine taking this to Tesco for the weekly shop.
Spotted at Joe Macari - more photos here.