Maserati Project 24: Track special revealed

Maserati has turned the MC20 into a track-only weapon, dubbed the Project 24. It'll be sold in limited numbers.

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Maserati has turned up the wick on its MC20 supercar to create a track-only special.

Power in the Project 24 comes from a version of the 3.0-litre Nettuno twin-turbo V6 engine in the MC20 making 552kW of power, sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

There’s a limited-slip differential on the rear axle, and the car rides on 18-inch aluminium wheels with centre lock nuts. They’re wrapped in slick tyres, naturally.

Carbon ceramic brakes are on hand to cut unsprung mass and resist heat during long, hard track sessions.

Externally, the 24 features all new carbon bodywork designed by Centro Stile Maserati. The low nose and splitter are straight from the world of GT racing, the side air intakes are larger than on the MC20, and the rear is home to a huge diffuser and rear wing.

Inside, the MC20’s stripped-back interior has been stripped all the way back for racing. The passenger seat is optional, and the pedal box is straight out of a GT car. There are six-point harnesses, along with air conditioning.

Options include a rear-view camera display, a track telemetry recorder, an in-car camera for video recording, and tyre pressure monitoring.

All told, the Project 24 will weigh less than 1250kg. The road car tips the scales at 1565kg.

Customers will be treated to a “unique range of services, including track-specific experiences and state-of-the-art support”.

A number of brands offer similar services on their track-only weapons, allowing wealthy owners to push the limits with full factory support and driver training on hand.

MORE: Everything Maserati MC20

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