A new breed in the volley of Italian supercars has emerged - the Maserati MCC. Seen for the first time zooming around the track at Fiorano recently, this powerhouse's roadgoing sibling (the MCS) will be launched at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.

A new breed in the volley of Italian supercars has emerged - the Maserati MCC. Seen for the first time zooming around the track at Fiorano recently, this powerhouse's roadgoing sibling (the MCS) will be launched at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The two cars were designed in a joint operation between the Maserati engineers and those of its racing department under the technical direction of Giorgio Ascanelli.

"This is a very important programme for Maserati, which the Racing Department has tackled with great enthusiasm," said Gestione Sportiva Managing Director and Ferrari's F1 team boss, Jean Todt.

"Today, we have witnessed the MCC's track debut and as usual on these occasions, it was a really emotional moment," he said.

The MCC, short for Maserati Corse Competizione, is expected to share the underpinnings of its sister company's Ferrari Enzo. With preliminary reports indicating that the MCC (and MCS) will come equipped with a V12 engine, it can be deduced that with the normally-aspirated six-litre Enzo powerplant bolted to its shell, the MCS would be capable of delivering about 492 kW and 657 N.m of torque.

The MCC's aerodynamic body rests on a carbon-fibre chassis weighing about 1 100 kg. Pushrod suspension in steel and tyres by Pirelli complete the hardware.

With this new model, the House of the Trident will take part in some selected FIA GT races in the upcoming championship, then possible full participation in 2005.

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