Maserati has just unveiled its track-only MCXtrema circuit weapon at Monterey Car Week. Built from the Maserati MC20 base model, it was first announced as ‘Project 24’ last summer with some brief info and sketches, and now the fully developed super sports car has finally gone public.
As hinted by its name, the Maserati MCXtrema is the most extreme version of the MC20, and, as you’d expect, it looks substantially more aggressive than the base model. The lightweight full-composite bodywork boasts aerodynamic features that offer much-improved airflow and downforce, including a front splitter, a prominent shark fin, a manually adjustable rear wing, and a sculptural rear diffuser. The minimal ride height and closed carbon-fibre underfloor also add to the ground-sucking performance.
The ultra-light carbon-fibre monocoque is fitted with a 3-litre V6 twin-turbo engine based on the MC20’s Nettuno engine. Now paired with a race exhaust system, the engine unleashes 730 hp and 730 Nm. With a dry weight of around 1,300 kg, the power-to-weight ratio is approximately 1.8 kg/hp. The cockpit only has a single racing bucket seat with a six-point racing safety harness. While there is still air conditioning inside, the overall interior is kept as minimal as possible with the essential racing features on board, such as a fire extinguisher system and roll cage.
All 62 examples of the Maserati MCXtrema have been sold, but that doesn’t stop the world from appreciating this unique race machine.