2009 Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept

2009 Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept

2009 Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept

Races have always been the most demanding test-bench for all cars. Traditionally, reliability and performance are checked on track. It is in races that new technologies and materials are tried out. And it is on the circuit that Maserati has decided to raise the much-praised sporty verve of its Maserati GranTurismo S to even higher levels to create the
GranTurismo MC Concept.


The changes the designers of the Maserati Style Centre have made to the GranTurismo S to create the racing model have improved its performance, and above all its aerodynamic efficiency, without detriment to its elegant, curvaceous line.

The front area of the GranTurismo MC Concept features two large air intakes – designed to increase the air flow to the brakes – and an aerodynamic bottom profile.

The front mudguards, with increased track, are also new, as is the engine hood with a dynamic air inlet and two additional air vents.

The car’s profile has also been the subject of in-depth aerodynamic analysis, leading to the introduction of unusual side air vents, linked to the new miniskirts under the doors.

What’s more, the rear of the GranTurismo MC Concept has new-design fenders with air vents and central exhaust pipes.

Last but not least, the rear spoiler is larger in size to increase the down force generated by the profile, to compensate the aerodynamic effect of the front splitter.


The Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept has been developed on the basis of the GranTurismo S, launched at the Geneva Motor Show on 6th March 2008. The Maserati Racing Department engineers have made major improvements to reduce the car’s weight while also enhancing its performance.
The mapping of the engine installed on the Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept has been revised to further increase performance without impairing reliability: the unit now generates 330.9 kW, (450 HP,) with torque of 510 Nm at 4,750 rpm. The intake and exhaust systems have also been revised through the installation of a high-performance conical air filter combined with an exhaust system fitted with racing-type catalytic converters and silencers.

The suspension settings of the GranTurismo MC Concept, together with improved weight distribution and new single-setting racing dampers, plus new 11”x18” front and 13”x18” rear wheels with slick tyres, guarantee a striking increase in the car’s dynamic performance compared to the GranTurismo S.

The brake system has received an upgrade to withstand the stresses typical of use on the track, with the adoption of larger discs and monobloc racing callipers.

The chassis has been significantly lightened and stiffened thanks to application of an integral weldedrollcage, as required by the FIA regulations.

The bodywork, is made of composite material. The specific electrical system, the dedicated instrumentation including an integral data acquisition system, and the indispensable safety devices, complete the equipment of the GranTurismo MC Concept.

Story by Maserati S.p.A.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Concept / Prototype Car
built at Italy
production 1
engine 90° V8
displacement 4691 cc / 286.26 in³
power 335.6 kw / 450 bhp
specific output 95.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 321.43 bhp per tonne
torque 510 nm / 376.2 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
body / frame Composite Panels over Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
front tires 285/650/18
rear tires 315/690/18
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
front wheels F 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18 x 11 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18 x 13 in
curb weight 1400 kg / 3087 lbs
fuel capacity 100 litres or 26.40 gal.