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  Picchio D2 Daytona Coupe Prototype

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Country of origin:Italy
Introduced in:2003
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionPicchio SpA unveiled its D2 Daytona Prototype during a reception held at Daytona USA. G&W Motorsports team managers Price and Carissa Cobb had the honors of pulling the silver cover off the new Picchio to reveal the Daytona Prototype painted in traditional Maserati livery.

It was the first time members of the media and racing community had a chance to see the completed Picchio D2, the only European-manufactured Daytona Prototype. The car carried the Maserati of Orange County logo on the nose and front door panels of the blue, silver and red car, raising many questions as to a possible association between the two. 'This particular car here will run at the Rolex with the BMW engine,' explained Motorsports Manager Armando Trentini. 'The second car will come with a Maserati engine.' While the BMW and Maserati power plants are currently the only two under development for the Picchio D2, the Italian manufacturer plans to offer several different kits and engine packages.

Currently, G&W Motorsports plans to run two Picchio Daytona Prototypes at the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, however Cobb said that the team should have a third car on-hand for any interested parties. Four D2 chassis are being built, with the two additional chassis ready for sale at this time.

The new Picchio is tentatively scheduled to run its first test at the end of November 2002 at Virginia International Raceway, home of G&W Motorsports. The Picchio Daytona Prototype will be on display to the public throughout the weekend in the garage area outside the media center at Daytona International Speedway during the Dark Dog Grand American Finale.

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