Maserati designed a new road-going Grand Tourer known as the MC12 from which a GT racing version has also been developed. The result was that 37 long years after its last victory in an international championship (1967, Cooper Maserati F1, South African Grand Prix), the Trident is returning to the track.
Designed for high level road use, it can exceed 205mph at full throttle, sprinting from 0 to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds. Although easy and pleasant to drive on the road, the Maerati MC12 is also a brilliantly dynamic car. It handles very sweetly and fluidly yet the driver can still feel all the power of a genuinely sporty thoroughbred under the surface. The MC12 adds the definitive flourish to Maserati’s return to the racing circuits after the highly successful debut in the Daytona 24 Hour Race, of the Trofeo Light, inspired by the equally impressive single-series protagonist. Under the guidance of engineer Giorgio Ascanelli, Maserati’s Racing Division attempted to develop the new car to meet the rules of the major international championships. The car conformed to the standards of Europe’s FIA GT, but not to those of the ALMS.
The client version for road use is available exclusively in a white and blue livery, harking back to an old Trident tradition. In fact, blue and white are the colours of the America Camoradi (Casner Motor Racing Division) Scuderia which raced the famous Maserati Tipo 60-61 Birdcages in the very early 1960s with Stirling Moss as their lead driver. Overall, 50 road cars were built, 25 in 2004 and 25 in 2005.