2024 Maserati MCXtrema First Look Review: Great Neptune’s Racer
Sixty-two Maserati collectors, racetrack-country-club members, and/or wannabe gentleman racers have already flashed their AmEx Black cards, securing every copy of the latest Maserati Corsa track-only model: the 2024 Maserati MCXtrema. We covered the concept based loosely on the Maserati MC20 supercar last year, when it was known only by its codename, “Project24,” but now the Italian automaker has unveiled the finished product at The Quail during Monterey Car Week, where it’s entirely likely those 62 lucky devils were in attendance.
What Is the MCXtrema?
Let’s start with what it’s not: It’s not a GT3, GT4, or IMSA racer. In fact, while it complies with basic FIA safety regulations that pertain to many classes, it’s not built to the specifications of any one particular racing series. Instead, it’s the spiritual successor to the Maserati MC12 Corsa, a run of 12 track-only specials based on the MC12 GT1 racer that was itself based on corporate cousin Ferrari’s Enzo road car (a run of 50 road-going MC12 Stradale versions were also made, which is where the MCXtrema’s 62-car production figure comes from). While this one is based on the road-going MC20, you might not recognize many production-car pieces inside or out.
It is powered by a souped-up version of the road car’s 3.0-liter Nettuno V-6 engine, but here it’s bolted to a six-speed sequential-manual racing transaxle with a limited-slip self-locking mechanical differential powering a pair of 18-inch racing slick tires. Like the production car, it’s built on a carbon-fiber monocoque, though the many changes made to enable its extreme aerodynamic downforce greatly differentiate it, and the carbon body panels only vaguely resemble the original. We reckon Maserati Corsa’s claimed 1,300-kg dry weight will work out to about 3,150 pounds ready to run.
How Powerful and How Quick?
By tuning the Nettuno’s trick Maserati Twin Combustion prechamber twin-plug setup for maximum power without regard to road-car emissions, and by fitting bigger turbochargers, output jumps to a symmetric 730 metric hp/730 Nm of torque. That’s 724 SAE horses—up 103 from the road car, and the same 538 lb-ft. That’s uncannily close to the power, torque, and weight of a McLaren 765LT, so we’d expect very similar acceleration (60 mph in 3.9 seconds) with a quarter mile in the low 10s and in the mid-140-mph range.
Racing control-arm-type suspension is fitted at each corner, with four-way adjustable racing dampers plus springs and anti-roll bars that can be independently adjusted to suit any particular track, and to withstand the extreme aerodynamic loading applied by the high-speed tracks that call for max adjustable aerodynamics. The electric power steering’s boost level is also adjustable to suit the driver’s taste.
The 2024 Maserati MCXtrema doesn’t miss a motorsports aerodynamic trick, from its deep front splitter to its adjustable rear wing with pylons mounted directly to the frame to its dorsal fin designed to improve cornering stability and increasing the rear wing’s efficiency. Naturally the floor is completely flat, and there’s a giant central diffuser helping suck the rear down to the ground. Airflow is also improved for better cooling of the brakes and engine, with various scoops and ducts and vents.
Cockpit Enhanced for Safety, Ergonomics, and Comfort
There’s a racing seat with a six-point harness and roll-cage, plus safety nets, a fire extinguisher, and an integrated safety roof hatch—all to FIA specs. The steering yoke is also completely race-spec, incorporating a 5-inch central display, plus buttons and rotary selectors to control the pit-speed limiter and radio communications, and to display lap-time data, car parameters, and various settings. Note the wheel’s suede-look grips are shaped like tridents. Secondary controls are arrayed on symmetrical panels flanking the driver seat. To boost comfort, air conditioning is standard, and a passenger seat is optional.
Power of Three
We only count four official Maserati Trident logos on the exterior, but trident shapes are everywhere. The taillights/rear side-markers each form a sideways trident, the hood air extractor forms another, the twin rooftop air inlets and dorsal fin form yet another when viewed from above, and there are more.
When and How Much?
As we’ve noted, all 62 cars are spoken for, with 31 of them coming to the North America. Maserati has not announced pricing, except to say that it will be seven figures with a first digit less than 2. Customer deliveries are expected to start in mid-2024.
|2024 Maserati MCXtrema Specifications|
|BASE PRICE||$1,500,000 (est)|
|LAYOUT||Mid-engine, RWD, 1-2-pass, 2-door race car|
|ENGINE||3.0L/724-hp/538-lb-ft twin-turbo port- and direct-injected DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|TRANSMISSION||6-speed sequential manual|
|CURB WEIGHT||3,150 lb (est)|
|L x W x H||204.7 x 80.5 x 48.0 in|
|0-60 MPH||2.9 sec (MT est)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||Not rated|
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