Now that the shapely GranTurismo coupe is on the street, Maserati's giving us a taste of what it could be like on the track.; Meet the Maserati GranTurismo MC - a race-ready concept that will be unveiled at the 2008 Paris motor show.
Though the car is substantially modified for motorsports, those changes don't come underhood.; The MC (or Maserati Corse) uses the same 4.7-liter V-8 found in the production GranTurismo S, unveiled at the 2008 Geneva motor show.; At 450 hp, the MC's engine makes only 10 ponies more than its stock form.
The magic, however, lies with the car's weight.; Aside from a fully-stripped interior, Maserati's gifted the GranTurismo MC concept with Lexan windows, a carbon fiber dashboard, and multiple composite body panels.; As a result, the car weighs in at just under 3090 lbs (nearly 970 less than a stock GranTurismo S) and has a power-to-weight ratio of 7 lb / hp.
While Maserati says the MC is simply a concept, they've done their homework and engineered the car to FIA standards.; That explains why it's equipped with a data acquisition system, six-point racing harness, and an integral roll cage.
That suggests the MC may have a future on the track, not just the auto show circuit.; With the Maserati Trofeo an object in the distant past, the company's currently without a racing GT.
We'll learn more when we see the car in person at the Paris show on October 2.; Stay tuned to Automobile Magazine for all the latest on this and other happenings from Paris.