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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:2023
Numbers built:62 (Limited)
Source:Company press release
Last updated:April 02, 2024
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Click here to download printer friendly versionMaserati MCXtrema, the Trident's uncompromising 730-hp ‘beast’ has returned to be unleashed into its natural environment: the track. It will be undergoing a series of tests until late April, aiming at the delivery of the first model, planned for late summer 2024.

MCXtrema, a track-only homologated race car with only 62 units allocated globally, was created to break the mold, and invent new paradigms. The epitome of Maserati DNA and the extraordinary performance characteristics of everything the 100% Italian brand produces, MCXtrema offers up evidence of its disruptive attitude to racing between the curbs of the circuit where it could be seen in action in a series of fundamental tests, where experts are gathering the critical data needed for final tune-ups. The Trident’s exclusive creation is one of the brand’s boldest cars and is an evolution of the Maserati MC20 super sports car, its inspiration.

In February, MCXtrema had its first official track outing at the Autodromo Varano de' Melegari (Parma), where MCXtrema was taken to the track by Maserati chief test driver Andrea Bertolini, one of the most successful drivers in the GT class with four world titles aboard the glorious MC12 – he has been working on its development in the dynamic simulator since the early stages.

The February shakedown and subsequent milestones to refine its performance have been the ideal setting to unleash the full power of the 730-hp (540-kW) 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, based on Maserati’s in-house Nettuno engine.

MCXtrema has benefited from the latest and most advanced equipment in the world. Fundamental contributions have been made by the Virtual Analysis team, using cutting-edge technology in the Maserati dynamic simulator, and by the Powertrain Calibration team, in charge of managing the enormous power delivered by the Nettuno engine. The experience gained during the development of the Maserati MC20, the in-depth characterization of each component, and the stringent bench tests on the engine have guaranteed the greatest accuracy in the simulation, ensuring that an extremely meaningful car would reach the track testing stages with figures similar to the validations in the simulator, required purely for real-world fine tuning.

The virtual work done with MCXtrema – about 200 hours in the Maserati dynamic simulator and 1,000 hours of virtual analysis for simulations of various types, as well as comparison with feedback from the track, combined with the previous four years of development on the MC20 and the subsequent engine reliability checks – have made it possible to create a car that now represents the ultimate in advanced engineering and innovation, where the perfect design created by the Maserati Centro Stile converges with the engineering requirements of efficient aerodynamics for every track configuration.

In the words of Andrea Bertolini, Maserati’s Chief Test Driver: "Taking a new car to the track always results in a special, unique feeling, as is the case for the MCXtrema. A wonderful creation made to devour the asphalt and trip through the curves, a true gem of mechanics and aerodynamics, perfect for balance and handling. For months, we worked together with a team of highly skilled and passionate people, waiting for the moment we could bring the finished object to its natural habitat, after putting it through its virtual paces in sophisticated simulations. What makes this car great is outstanding teamwork, resulting in a sports car of the future. With MCXtrema, we have raised the bar of development even further, working with the track in sight and always bearing in mind the needs of the Maserati customer, who remains the focus of our work and to whom this car is dedicated. The interior has been designed around the driver; we developed a cockpit as a cross between a fighter and a Formula 1 single-seater. MCXtrema is an evolution of the MC20 without type approval for the road: for the Trident’s super sports car par excellence, we had already worked obsessively on its handling and overall architecture, to achieve this ultimate, extreme, and exhilarating version. MCXtrema is a thrill to drive, unlike any other car”.

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