Maserati Super Car MC12 Versione Corse
It’s not every day that you have the chance to purchase an ultra-rare supercar, but just such an opportunity has come up recently. Someone right here in the great state of Florida is selling a Maserati MC12 Versione Corse, and it will only set you back by about $2.9 million.
Before you start writing out a check, you should know exactly why the car can fetch such a steep price. It makes other supercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Aston Martin Vulcan look common. For example look at the 918 Spyder which had 24 vehicles built. Back in 2006 Maserati only built 12 examples of the MC12 Versione Corse, making it an object of desire for collectors and anyone who is an admirer of the Italian brand.
While the original price of those dozen supercars was kept under tight wraps, popular speculation pegs it at somewhere over $1 million. A tripling of value in nine years is a pretty good investment to bet on.
When Maserati made the MC12 Versione Corse, it produced a lethally enjoyable track car, because it’s technically not legal to drive on the street. It was based on the MC12, a supercar that could be taken for a spin around the city. Because of some pretty serious modifications, the vehicle actually has more in common with the MC12 GT1 race car.
Adding to the allure of the MC12 Versione Corse is the fact that its chassis is based on the same one used for the legendary Ferrari Enzo. That’s a big benefit of both brands having been owned by Fiat. Even more tempting is the fact that the V-12 engine is the exact same powerplant housed in the Ferrari FXX, which is a potent track car based on the Enzo. The 6.0-liter V-12 has been crafted and tuned to coax out an earth-shattering 744 horsepower, which is 123 horsepower more than what the standard Maserati MC12’s V-12 engine puts out.
Mated to the engine is a six-speed Cambiocorsa transmission, which is a heavily modified version of what comes in the regular MC12. The result is faster gear changes, helping shave precious seconds off lap times. With that kind of a setup, it would be easy to get into trouble if you were able to take the supercar out on the open road. It can dash from 0 to 62 mph in a blindingly-fast 3.8 seconds, plus has a top speed of over 202 mph.
The car that’s for sale is chassis number two. Back in 2008, chassis number one was put up for sale. It was modified to be street-legal, plus was painted a sinister black. Among the modifications installed in the car was an electronically controlled exhaust system, an auto air-jack, 19-inch alloy wheels, bigger fenders, a data logging system, Brembo brakes, a central locking system and Alcantara trim pieces.
For those who are purists, chassis number two has been kept in its original, stock form. While it’s obviously possible to modify the supercar for street use, doing so would stick present some distinct challenges. The MC12 Versione Corse was set up to take on smooth tracks, so it has hardly any ground clearance. Getting over speed bumps or even negotiating driveway skirts would present a serious hurdle each and every time. Visibility to the sides and rear is rather poor, because on a racetrack you only need to see to go forward.
The Maserati MC12 Versione Corse would make a wonderful track car and an envy-inducing collector item for one very lucky owner. If you’re interested you shouldn’t delay too long, because these kinds of opportunities don’t come along often.