09/09/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/09/2020 13:33
MC20, a dynamic sculpture, heralding Maserati's entrance into the new era
Modena, September 9th 2020 - How do you become what you already are? MC20 stands for Maserati Corse 2020 and marks the Brand's entrance into a new era, the rediscovery of its original sporty DNA, its dynamic roots and essential audacity. Maserati long known for its comfort and elegance on the road, now strikes back with ferocity on the track: a car that runs but doesn't sweat. MC20 represents the pure form of speed, with Maserati panache: a work of sculptural engineering seemingly hewn, piece by piece, from a masterfully chiselled block of raw carbon, showing the way to the Brand's aesthetic future. Created through a process of elimination, there are no frills and no excess: just energy. MC20 is an archetype, carved for speed, so pure one seems to hear the hallmark Maserati sound even with the engine off.
It all began back in 1926 with the legendary Tipo 26, the first race car displaying Maserati's Trident logo. In the same way, MC20, created in 2020, will be the first car of a new Era. A design that expresses pure performance and matches it in elegance. A design that transcends the confines of mere appearance giving way to this dynamic creature. We have moved beyond sartorial costumes and coverings, and can see only raw beauty.
The form of MC20, which will also be available in convertible and electric versions, is composed of a chorus of elements singing in mechanical perfection. The racing beauty of 2020. Sharp edges generate friction, a slowing action, while the sublime sinuosity of the monocoque carbon-fibre frame allows the air to flow freely across it. Side vents are present but not visible. Even the Trident, symbol of the Brand, has been reduced to its essential, archetypal truth. Remaining a perennial source of graphic inspiration: the perfect number three, with a central element and two lateral ones, also returns to adorn the rear window and wheels. The butterfly doors open dramatically, wings that unfurl upward to facilitate getting in and out for drivers and passengers, despite the low-slung attitude, revealing an eagerness to spring into action. Kerb-proof wings. The lower part of MC20, always dark, in exposed carbon fibre or black paint, is the uncontested realm of engineering. Here the process of elimination has even been applied to the question of colour: what remains is pure technology.
However, in the spirit of contrast and harmony, colour comes back to capture the spirit of movement: in the new Bianco Audace, MC20 shimmers with iridescent blue undertones when exposed to the light. The Blu Infinito tone gleams with a ceramic brilliance that only sunlight can capture. And the Grigio Mistero hue recalls the mesmerizing beauty molten metal. Then again, there are six different options that include Rosso Vincente, Giallo Genio and Nero Enigma, that showcase the distinctive features of speed, infusing them with life. Even the interiors, comfortable, luminous and luxurious, in keeping with the Brand's image, exude a sense of dynamism. From the laser-generated textural effects to the seats in Alcantara leather, as colours appear in all their kaleidoscopic glory in one place, only to shade toward black in another. The infotainment system features a high-resolution screen similar to a tablet, providing a total user experience. The audio system is the result of a 100% Italian collaborative effort involving the craft-based Sonus faber, renowned for its meticulously engineered acoustic speakers.
The heart of MC20 is a V6 twin turbo petrol engine, entirely produced at the Modena plant, the first in over twenty years and another important Maserati patent. Located at the rear of the vehicle, in keeping with traditional racing configurations, this unique engine features Formula 1 technology, propelling the Brand toward the exciting world of racing. This historical piece of engineering is called Nettuno and compresses all the energy of 630 CV into 3000 cc of displacement. A magnificent god of the sea, brandishing a trident and out to conquer new lands, will bring that sweet Maserati sound to its maximum expression on both the open road and racing circuits.
Maserati produces a complete range of unique cars with an amazing personality, immediately recognisable anywhere. With their style, technology and innately exclusive character, they delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and have always been a global automotive industry benchmark. A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety, currently available on more than seventy markets internationally. Ambassadors of this heritage are the Quattroporte flagship, the Ghibli sports sedan, now also available in hybrid version, the Trident Brand's first electrified car, and the Levante, the first made by Maserati SUV, all models denoted by use of the choicest materials and technical solutions of superlative excellence. A complete range, including V6 and V8 petrol, 4 cylinder hybrid and V6 diesel powerplants, with rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. The range's prestige was recently even further enhanced by the introduction of the new Trofeo Collection, comprising Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante, equipped with the powerful 580 hp V8 engine. The top-of-the-range is the new MC20 supercar, powered by the ground-breaking Nettuno V6 engine, incorporating F1-derived technologies now made available in the power unit of a standard production car for the first time. Today, the Maserati range is produced at three plants: Ghibli and Quattroporte are built at Grugliasco (Turin) at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP), and Levante at the Mirafiori Plant in Turin. The new MC20 supercar is produced in Modena, at the historic Viale Ciro Menotti plant.
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