10-09-2020

Maserati MC20 Unveiled

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After a long hiatus from the supercar game, Maserati on 9th September unveiled its first new supercar in a long while, the Maserati MC20. The “MC” stands for “Maserati Corse and the “20” marks the year. It’s been 15 long years since the last Maserati supercar. The MC20 is built around a central carbon-fiber tub created in collaboration with Dallara, the motorsports engineering company that also developed the carbon structures for the Alfa Romeo 4C and Bugatti Chiron. The new MC20 is developed entirely by Maserati, including its turbocharged V6 engine. The engine produces 630 horsepower, 730 NM of torque and can hit a top speed of 202 miles an hour and go from 0 to 100kmph in under 2.3 seconds. The MC20 boasts a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 2.3 kilograms per horsepower. The supercar’s monocoque weighs a mere 100 kilograms and the total car tips the scale at around 1,500 kilograms thanks in part to a lightweight monocoque construction.

MC20’s V6 engine, which Maserati calls the “Nettuno” uses a system similar to that used in a Formula 1 racing engines. This twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter has oversquare cylinder dimensions—meaning the bore is larger than the stroke. The DOHC heads have a total of 24 valves, port and direct fuel injection, and two spark plugs for each cylinder. One of those plugs incorporates a passive pre-chamber ignition system. The air-fuel mixture is forced into this antechamber during the piston's compression stroke, and primary ignition takes place inside it. The flame then propagates in a star-shaped pattern from jets on the pre-chamber. Maserati engineers say this combustion process makes for a more efficient engine. The company also plans to introduce a fully electric version of the MC20 in 2022. Ultimately, Maserati plans to offer gasoline and electric versions of all its models. Only a few details are known of the EV version, but chief engineer Luigi Sciarretta confirms that it will power all four wheels and be even quicker than the gas car.

The Maserati MC20 is art on wheels. It features a sleek, elegant design that takes full advantage of its mid-engine layout. Trident badge embedded within a simple mesh grille, sharp LED headlights that extend up onto the front fenders, and numerous creases and divots indicative of its aerodynamic nature. It also has influences from the MC12, particularly at the front. Exposed carbon fiber coats the front splitters, roof and side sills, and makes its way to the rear. The body widens toward the wheels along character lines that also house cooling ducts. The doors open butterfly-style—straight up. The rear end of the MC20 looks more streamlined, with horizontal LED taillights, dual exhaust tips just under the license plate, and a large carbon fiber diffuser below that and subtle spoiler that doesn't break up the car's lines. More than 1,000 hours of simulations and 2,000 hours of wind tunnel testing result in a coefficient of drag of less than 0.38. Thus far, Maserati has only shown a coupe, but the company said the chassis was designed to support a spider as well. The new Maserati MC20 comes in six fancy-sounding new colors: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma, and Grigio Mistero.

The Maserati MC20 supercar is expected to come to India in the future but prices are yet to revealed.

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With a passion for driving, appreciation for fast machines and a love for the tuning culture, Sunit tries to engage people by creating a bond and making them experience his passion and emotions for cars through his writing and humour. 



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