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Track-Only Maserati Project24 Revealed: Spiritual Successor to the MC12

Remember the Maserati MC12? It was based on a Ferrari Enzo but the styling was unlike anything else that we had ever seen with a proper ‘Le Mans racer for the road’ look. Only a handful of these eccentric machines were made and it is a much rarer supercar when compared to the Enzo. This time, Maserati is doing it on its own and making a track-only supercar with the powertrain knicked from its MC20. Labelled the Project24, it is basically an extreme racing car with no compromises or in this case- no need to be homologated for road use!

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The new Maserati Project24 | Image: Maserati

The droopy front-end is all new and laced with an aerodynamic-first bodywork including generating massive downforce and festooned with various scoops/ducts for airflow. You can see the gaping intakes and the huge diffusers while there is also a massive adjustable spoiler- both at the front as well as at the back. It’s clearly form and function with a streamlined design along with being released from the shackles of bowing down to road-car rules or emissions regulations. As expected, the construction of the entire body is all carbon fibre and strips the dry weight down to less than 1250kg.

All that jargon essentially means is that the performance is going to be quite sprightly when mixing things with the ‘Nettuno’ V6 engine with 740hp on offer. This is Maserati’s own engine and yes, while a sonorous V12 would have been better, this lightweight motor packs in more power thanks to two turbochargers now being strapped at the back of it.

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The new Maserati Project24 | Image: Maserati

A 6-speed sequential racing gearbox with paddle shifters plus a racing clutch and a limited-slip self-locking mechanical differential round off the rest of the mechanical changes. Being a track car, the brakes are also suitably beefed up with being Brembo CCMR ventilated racing brakes with racing callipers. These brakes are housed within Bespoke forged 18-inch aluminium rims wrapped around slick racing tyres.

Inside, it’s bare-bones with air conditioning and even the passenger seat being an optional extra, while you get a no-nonsense cabin with racing telemetry, an adjustable racing pedal set-up and a multi-function carbon-fibre steering wheel with a built-in display.  Maserati has not divulged how many units of the Project24 that they are making and nor have they said what’s the price but we’d guess that it’s many times over the $467,000 that’s being asked presently for an MC20.

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Somnath Chatterjee

Somnath Chatterjee is an experience car journalist and automotive expert. His supercar reviews, interviews and industry features have appeared in global publications such as Upscale living, Robb Report and Yahoo Lifestyle Asia. Somnath specialises in luxury and lifestyle-oriented features with a focus on automobiles, aviation and luxury. He also holds a Post Graduate in International Business from the University of Dehli.