Blue Thunder: The Maserati Mc12 Corsa

Simple question. If you were given the choice, what one ultimate driver’s car would you choose? Of course money would be no object, we are right in the middle of our Supercar Theme so it’s a time to not only look at some pretty wild cars, but also a time for us all to dream a little.

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport we looked at yesterday may well be high on a lot of people’s wish list, but is it a driver’s car? Built for the sole purpose of raising the bar when it comes to power, top speed and overall engineering, it may fall short of a few qualities. If you really had to pick something visceral, a car so raw that you would in no time feel at one with it, there is a very good chance that a lot of you would just go for a fully-fledged race car. And that’s precisely what the Maserati MC12 Corsa we have here is. Once the sides of the transporter at Fuji Speedway swung upwards…

…  it was the chrome blue wrap that covers this very special Maserati that we all saw first.

Takada-san of MotorHead had told me that along with the Veyron, an MC12 would also be taken to the track, but I had no idea he meant one of only 12 Corsa versions ever built!

The owner of these two cars instantly became my hero; not only does he have the means to purchase cars like these but he takes them to the track for a bit of fun. With as much jealousy as respect I take my hat off to him…

… because he certainly knows how to enjoy his toys! With all eyes, or lenses rather, on the Veyron, the MC12 Corsa spent most of the day sitting in the pits and awaiting its turn. It wasn’t until all the photography had been taken care of that the car was taken out…

… and driven. Properly! Seeing it out doing its thing it just seemed to make so much more sense than a Bugatti. I’m in no way criticizing the Veyron of course, but for those that put driving above everything else…

… a race car like the MC12 Corsa just makes sense, something that was certified by the goosebumps that would hit me in waves each time it screamed by the pit wall.

Seeing that it was out for quite a few laps, its fastest being a 1’52″, I did manage to hit a few other locations around FSW to capture this rarity in action. The cherry blossoms in full bloom in the background were just a great bonus!

And there I was thinking that the thirty minutes with the Veyron flew by quickly. I had about the same amount of time with the Maserati…

… except there was so much more to see and take in. While I spent a lot of time admiring the beauty and design of the Veyron, the Maserati I approached in a very different way. This car is all about the details…

… starting off with its exterior panels; huge single-piece items latched down onto its lightweight chassis. Everything you see and touch is carbon fiber, the exterior covered in a protective vinyl film for obvious reasons. The owner has done the same treatment to a lot of other cars in his collection; vehicles that include an F40 and a Mercedes CLK GTR.

I love how the wrap even uses some of that M3 DINOC carbon-look film, covering and protecting the real carbon fiber beneath. Aside from a slightly shorter nose with a larger meshed grille opening…

… the Corsa sports a set of OZ Racing multispoked wheels shod in Pirelli P-Zero slick rubber – not forgetting the forged monoblock front and rear Brembo calipers…

… not to mention a redesigned and slightly longer rear tail section…

… a high-mount adjustable rear wing and a complex lower diffuser. The same Italian flag details that have been done to the front of the rear view mirrors have also been applied to the whole underside of the car. I’m not just saying this because I’m Italian, but that’s a cool touch!

It’s pretty easy to see how it differs from the ‘regular’ road car when it’s out on the track.

It is very much a thing of beauty; an aggressive beauty dictated by functionality.

Open the lightweight carbon door and the sheer rawness of the car starts to be revealed. The carbon fiber tub is exposed in all its glory; a part that the MC12 shares with its Ferrari cousin, the Enzo, or in this case, more like the FXX. The two OMP race buckets require a custom molded lower seat section just like in a race car, to fit perfectly around the rear end of the lucky driver.

The dashboard does away with the stock instrument binnacle of the MC12…

… everything being graphically and digitally read out through the color LCD display. As soon as you flick the power switch the display greets you with the MC12 logo…

… before switching to its default screen.

What isn’t already positioned on the steering wheel is moved onto the carbon center console from where the driver has access to all sorts of controls, from the engine starter and brake balance adjuster at the very top, to the lights and wiper controls further down.

This ready-to-race version of the MC12 boasts the more highly tuned version of the Enzo-derived 6L V12…

… the same engine that was used in the MC12 GT1 that competed in the FIA GT1 Championship.

With the 755 PS (745hp) on tap and weighing in at only 1,250 kg (2,800 lb) you can imagine the available performance. I kept the best for my last few minutes with the MC12 Corsa: a detailed look at the engine. I had to call in the help of a few people to remove the one-piece cover, so I could indulge in what can only be described as mechanical pornography. There is nothing particularly innovative or mind-blowing, it’s just a well executed – raw – but usual layout for a mid-engined race car…

… with the electrically actuated sequential transmission mounted in a transaxle position.

The in-board mounted Sachs dampers are activated through a pushrod system, connected via a pivot on each side to the double wishbones.

The roof scoop channels air into the big airbox that sits on top of the motor and feeds the 12 individual throttles.

Spent gasses are dumped into the complex manifolds…

… and exit through the two straight pipes. There is no trace of any sort of silencer; sort of obvious after having heard it fly down the FSW straight at close to 300 km/h. Earplugs are definitely a necessity!

Air jacks are of course part of the package.

So I guess after seeing the MC12 Corsa in detail…

… it all brings us back to our original question: what car would you choose if money was no object? Would it be more or less extreme than this particular Maserati? I think hearing your own personal choices will be the perfect ending to this feature so let’s hear what you have to say!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

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87 comments
Brandon Anthony
Brandon Anthony

a 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi,


and it's still doable at ~25k

DrewMalkin
DrewMalkin

If money was no object (including maintenance and insurance) I would get an awesome WRC, but make it street legal. Possibly a Citroen DS3, Ford Fiesta, Audi Quattro, Lancia Delta Integrale, or a Subaru 22B.

Grantg
Grantg

I know It sounds lame, but I'd choose a 24v 3.6l VR6 swapped mk1 berg cup rabbit. R drivetrain with a dsg gearbox. Supercharger for the low end power, and a big Borg Warner turbo for the top end power.

C6LS2
C6LS2

a lemans prototype or a ridiculously powered awd tarmac rally car like the Peugeot 208 T16

DecMcClure
DecMcClure

An ex works Martini Lancia Delta S4. 0-60 in 2.5 seconds on gravel. Nuff said.

ORS
ORS

This car is what dreams are made of. What does the owner do for a living to be able to indulge is such awesomeness?!

Speed_Kiwi
Speed_Kiwi

Do custom cars / hot rods count? Factory built race cars are all well and good, but why buy something off-the-shelf when with an unlimited budget you could have so much more fun creating your own unique vehicle? I'd take the Euro custom route. I'd buy an old Mercedes-Benz W108 sedan (a tired example, not a minter that I'd feel bad about destroying) and send the car to one of America's finest traditional custom car builders for a mild roof chop, FIA-spec rollcage, custom paint, a modern air suspension set-up, some nice rims and a custom leather interior with Recaro buckets and harnesses. Then I'd deliver the finished body to those crazy Germans at Brabus for fitment and tuning of a modern AMG V12. 

Bojangles
Bojangles

Just hit me.... Wrap any of our suggestions in blue chrome....

greenroadster
greenroadster

As a race car, this MC12 would be my first choice if money would be no object....Also I would choose a Toyota Celica from the '60's, a Toyota Celsior as a drift car, a 911 RSR and a Lamborghini Miura. :)))))

LeviOhlsen
LeviOhlsen

Magnus Walker 911! I dream of RPS13's, celica supra's and S12's but really if i could have something worth money i can't dream of having, a Magnus Walker 911 would satisfy me every time i looked at it. 

jzx81
jzx81

When I see this car I always get a Nissan R390 GT1 longtail "vibe".

jsparks
jsparks

TVR speed 12 would just about do it for me 

MichaelKN
MichaelKN

I would kill Ludacris for ME-FourTwelve! but seriously my choice would be Jaguar XK180 or even better XJR-15 with 7 liter Le Mans winning V12, no wait! final choice - DAUER 962!!!

gliebau
gliebau

I would really, really hate having a screen on my steering wheel.

Jochem
Jochem

If I had to pick one car... After hurting my brain for over 5 minutes at least, the Mercedes-McLaren 722 Roadster. The noise it makes, just incredible. And it looks amazing, with the sides exhausts and the long bonnet.

Bojangles
Bojangles

Ide drive a Sauber c9/11 on the street....

Galwaysandman
Galwaysandman

Ferrari F40LM. Sensibility be damned! I want my ears to bleed, my teeth to rattle, and my back to ache after every spin in that animal disguised as a car.

LoganJJJ
LoganJJJ

carbon fiber wrapped carbon fiber.. boss mode! 

D1RGE EXE
D1RGE EXE

CLK-GTR, hands down. Something about that car just does it for me. This Corsa tho....whooooooooooooeeeeeeeeeey thats one rare gorgeous bird.

 

Rick_
Rick_

 Bugatti Veryron Spyder tops my list..... close second Audi R8 e-tron

Chris
Chris

McLaren F1 certainly, although the new Lancia Stratos with the 430 Ferrari motor and AWD must be an absolute riot to drive.

 

miksfield
miksfield

If I could only have one car it would have to be a British Racing Green D-type XKSS with the gorgeous dorsal fin behind my head.  Mmmmm  so tasty.

jbest
jbest

this Mazi is gonna be remembered. Nothing else touches it as far as design.

zz
zz

If money was no object for me, I'd go for a CCXR...or an F40...its a though choice.

Option86
Option86

And of course, it's found in Japan. Lol, it never ceases to amaze me.

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

argh thats a tough question!

Speedhunters has been killing it recently with the Supercar month!!

Keep up the good work guys!!

Acc
Acc

If money wouldn't be an object I'd buy a full on workshop with tools and possibly a dyno, and than start building whatever car/kit I want. Still dream of building a Ultima GTR-sorta car with an turbo ITB inline-5.

ComJive
ComJive

I always loved how the mc12 corsa didn't dumb itself down by following the same rules and regs as the MC12s out there actually racing. They all had tiny wings and i doubt any of them had 700+ bhp. Also love the way that Ferrari tried really hard to keep Maserati down when they were turning the Enzo into the MC12, but the MC12 still ended up being a better car despite smaller figures

 

As for what kind of car i'd want to drive, that's easy: a (working) Ferrari F50 with huge, enormous, '80s lag turbos. i've heard that V12 with fat turbos once before thanks to Koenig Specials, and I think i'd be ok not hearing anything else

majik16106
majik16106

Easy for me. Ferrari 250gt California. It would take a no money issue to have one. A strange pick for me, considering how wild I would make my 2nd through 50th choices.. but.. that would be it. Stock. Just something about them. 

777
777

honestly if i had the funds, i would have a veyron, even though it is not what you would call a drivers car, for me it just is the first real hypercar, and if i was really so unfortunate to be tossing up between multi squillion dollar cars, i would have race car, no question, and it would either be an n2 ae86, or a v8 supercar, they just do it for me

jonas maurstad
jonas maurstad

And a 512TR with ITBs would probably sound nice through the tunnels:-)

jonas maurstad
jonas maurstad

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO with modern turbos and engine management would make me happy:-)

MatsNorway
MatsNorway

No money issues? That Audi S1 Pikes peak car.

Leonardinho
Leonardinho

good thread, great pics. As mentioned before in the comments, that color scheme really works well on the car.How wonderful life is, I imagine, owning an MC12, F40, CLK GTR and maybe some other super cars. While they say money can't buy happiness, this comes pretty close in my book.If I had the money,  first choice would definitely be a McLaren F1 (papaya orange), but I wouldn't mind the MC12. or F40. Miura. AM One-77. GT40...

SeBaBunea
SeBaBunea

Well, if money wouldn't be an object, I would buy a Pagani Huayra or a Noble M600.

hanablemoore
hanablemoore

i was just commenting on this very car in the f1 article. yeah im thrilled beyond believe to see this gorgeous machine. god its beautiful. my idea of a perfect race/road car. 

sean klingelhoefer
sean klingelhoefer moderator

Awesome sauce. I didn't even know a Corsa version existed. Mental. 

MangoZerox
MangoZerox

Great post Dino! In the past, I'd always drooling on the MC12 and now, it's the Corsa version, plus with your photographing skill! I think my room is flooded here.

 

On the question, unlimited money. I would have the Aventador J. Going topless has never been so awesome.

JonathanW
JonathanW

 @Bojangles I watched the race Stealth B6 at Castle Combe n the 'Special GT' championship, and man do I love that car. I heard the BMW M5 engine in one of those on race pipes and no emissions regs getting in the way of things pushes 700bhp... I have a very big soft spot for that car!

 

My personal choice would be something Group C-esque (like the Stealth), V6, V10 or V12, with a manually operated sequential gearbox - the sound and the feel of a car like that on a world class circuit like the Nordschleife would make pretty much anything else in life seem ohh so dull....

Bojangles
Bojangles

@JonathanW 0-100-0 the stealth was def. no joke


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