Now this is a tuning build that’s worth the price of admission

Twelve years ago, Maserati signalled its intention to return to motor racing by launching the limited-run MC12 supercar. Derived from the Ferrari Enzo – the MC12’s cousin, by all intents and purposes – the MC12 is arguably one of the rarest Maseratis in history with only 50 units made for production. Even rarer was the MC12 Versione Corse, a 12-unit, 745-horsepower, race-tuned variant of the MC12 that was developed strictly for private use on a race track. It’s unclear where all 12 of the MC12 VC units are today, but one version of the standard MC12 happens to be in the hands of Edo Competition, the same aftermarket and racing outfit that gifted the world with the Ferrari Enzo ZXX Evoluzione. Put one and one together and you start to get an idea on what Edo has in store for the MC12. Here’s a hint: MC12 Versione Corse.

Yes, Edo Competition did what you’re thinking. It converted a “standard” Maserati MC12, turning in into a close representation of the super rare MC12 VC, right down to actually bringing the weight down and increasing its power, all while still making the car eligible to be used on public roads, something the original MC12 VC isn’t allowed to do.

The project took over two years to complete and as Edo puts it, the project was attached with the “highest expectations of quality” and that the tuner was in a “tight schedule” to get it up to the lofty standards of Edo itself. This wasn’t going to be a simple cut-and-color modification; it was going to be an exhaustive exercise in patience and fortitude.

Fortunately, Edo Competition is known for those two things and when work started on June 2014, it put all of its expertise to good use to make the transformation as real as possible.

Here now then is the result of all that handwork. This is Edo Competition’s Maserati MC12 VC and it is glorious.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Edo Maserati MC12 VC.

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A lot of work was put into making this project work, which explains why the six-member team tasked to bring this project to life took seven months to do it. Since the base 2004 MC12 was used as the donor car, it was important to get the right materials in place so that the car ends up resembling the MC12 VC, while also allowing it to be driven in public roads, something that the MC12 VC wasn’t configured to do. The cosmetic and aerodynamic upgrades were subtle but they’re there.

The ridged vents, for example, are present just above the front tires. That design is unique to the MC12 VC since the standard version’s vents aren’t as pronounced as the ones found on the track car. That’s only the start too. Edo also added a lift system, fitted road-going tires, replaced the windscreen, and installed new lights in compliance with the Road Traffic Licensing Regulation. The tuner’s decision to use carbon fiber panels also helped cut the car’s weight from 1,497 kilograms to 1,250 kg. It’s still a little heavier than the MC12 VC’s weight of 1,150 kg, but it’s at least closer to that number than it is to the standard model.


2016 Maserati MC12 VC By Edo Competition High Resolution Drivetrain
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Edo Competition made no mention of specific upgrades to the interior, other than installing actual locks on doors. That actually doesn’t really qualify as an upgrade and the silence on this front can be construed as the tuner keeping the MC12’s interior in stock configuration. But history suggests otherwise here and I wouldn’t be surprised if this one-off interior was treated to a bespoke upgrade similar to what the tuner did to the Enzo ZXX Evoluzione.


No engine swaps took place in the making of this project so the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that was used on the MC12 can be found in this one-off project. With the help of Maserati, Edo Competition was able to re-tune the V-12 engine to produce 755 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque, the same amount of power attributed to the standard MC12 VC and 121 horses more than the 624-horsepower and 486-pound-feet-of-torque output of the road-going MC12.

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The one-off MC12VC can now sprint from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds and a from 0 to 124 mph in six seconds to go with a top speed of 205 mph

Combine that with the weight savings that Edo Competition achieved and the one-off MC12VC can now sprint from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds and a from 0 to 124 mph in six seconds to go with a top speed of 205 mph, which can be achieved depending on the gear ratio. Coinciding with the tuning of the supercar’s V-12 engine is the addition of Edo’s own sport exhaust system, which carries a wide range of noise levels, from subdued to downright hellacious. A radio-controlled flap system located in the cabin of the car helps make that happen.


Ferrari Enzo ZXX Evoluzione by Edo Competition

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For obvious reasons, there really is just one car that deserves to be in this list of competition. The Enzo ZXX has actually had a very interesting life ever since it was first built in 2008. It actually started off as the Enzo FXX and it had 840 horsepower on tap. But an unfortunate accident in 2011 that saw the Enzo dive straight into the Atlantic Ocean paved the way for Edo Competition to rebuild the car and make it good as new. That project took a year to complete, but when it was finished, the FXX had evolved into the ZXX Evoluzione. Not only did Edo work on the car’s exterior and interior, including giving it a new front nose and a bespoke interior, it also fine tuned the car’s massive V-12 engine to develop 950 horsepower, 110 ponies more than its previous incarnation. That figure dwarfs what Edo was able to do with the converted Maserati MC12, but it’s still a race that I’d pay good money to see, if only for the sight of seeing the Enzo ZXX and the MC12 VC sitting side-by-side.

Read our full review on the Ferrari Enzo ZXX Evoluzione by Edo Competition here.


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It’s a little hard to put this one-off creation into its proper context because Edo Competition only made one unit of the special build and that the unit is currently with Maserati, specifically in the company’s museum in Modena. Don’t expect the car to spend too much time on the track either because from the looks of it, this is a showpiece model that will likely spend more time on display as opposed to actually being driven anywhere.

  • Leave it
    • One-off creation
    • Not going on sale
    • Even if you like what Edo did, you’re still going to need an actual Maserati MC12.
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