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|Engine : 4.7 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 440 hp
Torque: 361 ft-lbs
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo was created on the back of the GranTurismo MC Concept, a vehicle developed on the basis of the highly successful road going model, the GranTurismo S. Maserati Corse technicians have taken the standard vehicle, made it much lighter and optimized its dynamics, while maintaining the reliability of components in the engine, gearbox and transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Thanks to a remapped ECÚ, the use of a racing-grade exhaust system and the application of a specific air filter, the power of the V8 4.691cc engine rises to 330.9Kw (450CV), wîth torque of 510 Nm at 4750 rpm. The gearbox is the standard electro-actuated one.
The vehicle is fitted wîth racing-type single set dampers and special wheels - 11'x18' at the front and 13'x18' at the rear, on which wide-section tires have been fitted to enhance the car's performance. The braking system (no ABS) consists of mono-bloc calipers and steel discs.Maserati leads the FIA GT Driver and Team rankings
The International FIA GT Championship season is drawing to a close, wîth the Maserati teams putting in an outstanding performance. Bertolini/Bartels are at the top of the driver's ranking wîth 41 points (4 points ahead of their nearest rivals), thanks to two wins (Adria and Budapest), two second places (Silverstone and Oschersleben) and a fourth place (Spa-Francorchamps). Meanwhile the Müller/Ramos team has come close to winning on many occasions and is now in sixth place wîth 15 points.
A third MC12, emblazoned wîth the colors of the Vitaphone Racing Team DHL since the Spa 24-hour race, has come second on the two occasions when it made the starting grid, as was the case wîth Bobbi/Pier Guidi in Budapest. Pier Guidi is ranked fifth, wîth 16 points.
The car's competitiveness is also borne out by the number of pole positions it has achieved: four out of five races, of which the last three have been consecutive.
With three races left to go (the new event at Algarve, Paul Ricard and Zolder), the Vitaphone Racing Team – currently the top team wîth 56 points (19 more than its rivals) – and its drivers are now aiming to add to Maserati's already exceptional list of achievements, consisting of 10 titles in 4 seasons of competition in the FIA GT.Podium debut for the GranTurismo MC