In 2004 Maserati completed three MC12 GT1 race cars intended for the FIA GT GT1 class. The AF Corse factory-backed squad debuted the race at Imola, yet the FIA did not allow the MC12 to score points due to its debated homologation. Even with this setback, the team managed to take second and third places. At the next round at Oschersleben, the MC12 of Andrea Bertolini and Mika Salo won for the first time. At the final round of the year at Zhuhai, the FIA finally agreed to homologate the MC12s and allow them to score points towards the championship. With this, the MC12 again took victory, allowing it to score enough points to finish 7th in the teams championship.
American Le Mans GT1
|Chassis||Carbon-fibre, nomex honeycomb monocoque chassis, front and rear aluminium safety subframes with roll cage|
|Suspension (front)||Double wishbone, push rod operated over damper|
|Suspension (rear)||As front|
|Length||5,143 mm (202 in)|
|Width||2,096 mm (83 in)|
|Height||1,205 mm (47 in)|
|Axle track||Front: 1,660 mm (65 in)
Rear: 1,650 mm (65 in)
|Wheelbase||2,800 mm (110 in)|
|Engine||Maserati 6.0 L (6,000 cc; 366 cu in) V12 naturally aspirated DOHC mid-engined, longitudinally mounted|
|Transmission||Maserati Cambiocorsa 6-speed sequential semi-automatic paddle-shift gearbox|
|Weight||1,250 kg (2,760 lb) (FIA GT)
1,200 kg (2,600 lb) (ALMS)
|Debut||2004 FIA GT Imola 500 km|
|Teams’ Championships||6 (2005 – 2009 FIA GT, 2010 FIA GT1)|
|Constructors’ Championships||2 (2005 FIA GT, 2007 FIA GT)|
|Drivers’ Championships||6 (2006 Italian GT, 2006 – 2009 FIA GT, 2010 FIA GT1)|
The Scuderia Playteam car entered in the FIA GT Championship
In 2005 Maserati won the FIA GT Manufacturers Cup with 239 points: almost double the score of next team (Ferrari with 125 points).
The two teams that entered MC12s into the FIA GT, Vitaphone Racing and JMB Racing, finished first and second respectively in the Team Cup, with Vitaphone winning by a considerable margin. Four of the MC12 drivers were in the running to win the FIA GT Drivers’ Title at the Bahrain International Circuit at the start of the final race of 2005: Karl Wendlinger and Andrea Bertolini each on 71 points and Timo Scheider and Michael Bartels on 70. Gabriele Gardel of Ferrari was also on 70 points, however, and in the crucial race he placed ahead of all of the Maseratis, driving an older Ferrari 550 Maranello. Gardel took the title, leaving all of the Maserati drivers within four points of first place (Scheider and Wendlinger receiving four points for the race).
In 2006 the only team representing Maserati was Vitaphone Racing. On September 30, 2006, Vitaphone secured the Teams’ Championship for the 2006 season despite their drivers placing 5th and 7th in the Budapest 500 km race with weight penalties of 85 kilograms and 105 kilograms respectively. Bertolini and Bartels also shared first place in the Drivers’ Championship on 71 points but the manufacturers cup went to Aston Martin.
Vitaphone Racing again won the GT1 Teams’ Championship in the 2007 season on 115 points, followed by fellow MC12 team Scuderia Playteam Sarafree on 63 points.
JMB Racing also entered two MC12s, but they were used by amateur drivers competing in the Citation Cup, which was won by JMB’s driver Ben Aucott. Maserati also won the Manufacturers’ Cup by a significant margin while Thomas Biagi won the Drivers’ Championship. Fellow Vitaphone drivers Miguel Ramos and Christian Montanari tied for sixth, while Playteam’s Andrea Bertolini and Andrea Piccini were just behind.
For 2008, Vitaphone Racing returned with a pair of MC12s for drivers Andrea Bertolini, Michael Bartels, and Miguel Ramos, as well as newcomer Alexandre Negrão.
The season ended with another Teams’ Championship for Vitaphone Racing (122.5 points) and Drivers’ Championship for Bertolini and Bartels. In the ninth round, the team fielded a third car under the name of Team Vitasystem, driven by Pedro Lamy and Matteo Bobbi which scored one point. JMB Racing retained a single MC12 for 2007 Citation Cup winner Ben Aucott and drivers Peter Kutemann and Alain Ferté, competing in the first five events of the championship.
In the 2009 season the Vitaphone Racing won the fifth consecutive Team Championship, while Bertolini and Bartels gained their third Drivers’ Championship. The other two drivers were Miguel Ramos and Alex Müller, who ended in sixth position. Starting from the fourth round, the team entered a third car under the name of Vitaphone Racing Team DHL, driven by Matteo Bobbi and Alessandro Pier Guidi, achieving good results: despite being only a one-car team, with a partial season involvement, they ended the Teams’ Championship in fourth position (32 points), scoring a victory in the last round.
FIA GT1 World Championship
With the inauguration of the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010, Maserati continued their commitment to the series with two teams entering. Vitaphone Racing Team, the defending FIA GT Champions, won five races en route to the Drivers’ and Teams’ World Championships, but Maserati lost to Aston Martin in the Manufacturers’ Trophy. The second team representing Maserati was Alfrid Heger’s Triple H Team Hegersport.
Maserati MC12 GT1 Centenario on the PUBLIC road
Maserati MC12 GT1 Centenario hits Virgina Racetrack
Maserati MC12 GT1 ‘Centenario’ @ Zoute Concours d’élégance 2015
3 MC12GT1 on track in San Marino Italy
Maserati 100 , the Centenary Gathering of Maserati
Trackday on circuit Spa Francorchamps
Monza Dark blue Mc12 Gt1
Maserati MC12 Registry
|Chassis||Year||First owner||Next owners (year)||Comment|
|001/ZAMDF44B000029438||2006||Haupt||MC12 Versione Corse; Monza Test Day 2007, not FIA homologated.|
|002/ZAMDF44B000015439||2005||Vitaphone Racing||Vitaphone car in FIA GT (no.9 in 2005, no.1 in 2006, no.2 in 2007).|
|003/ZAMDF44B000015440||2004||AF Corse/Maserati||AF Corse car in FIA GT (no.34 late 2004) and Maserati Corse car in ALMS 2005.Sold in aution|
|2005||JMB Racing||JMB car in FIA GT (no.16 in 2005 and 2007).|
|005/?||GT1-No. 5 / Chassis No. 16 VIN ZAMDF44B000012102. After an accident car got a rebuilt at factory with new chassis and got also a new VIN ZAMDF44B000025288. Documented from Maserati S.p.A.|
|006/ZAMDF44B000015442||2004||AF Corse/Maserati||=> Team Goh (2006)||AF Corse car in FIA GT (no.33 late 2004). Planned to be raced by Team Goh in Super GT 2006|
|007/ZAMDF44B000015443||2005||Vitaphone Racing||=> Playteam (2007) sold||Vitaphone FIA GT car (no.10 in 2005, no.2 in 2006), Playteam FIA GT car (no.11 in 2007).|
|008/ZAMDF44B000015444||2005||JMB Racing||JMB car in FIA GT (no.15 in 2005 and 2007).|
|009/ZAMDF44B000015445||2007||Vitaphone Racing||Vitaphone FIA GT car (no.1 in 2007).|
|010/ZAMDF44B000022797||2006||Playteam||Playteam 2006 car, raced as no.12 in FIA GT 2007.|
AF Corse JMB Racing Vitaphone Racing Team Scuderia Playteam Racing Box Doran Racing Triple H Team Hegersport Notable drivers Mika Salo, Andrea Bertolini, Karl Wendlinger, Michael Bartels, Timo Scheider, Thomas Biagi, Fabio Babini, Eric van de Poele, Jamie Davies, Andrea Piccini, Christian Montanari, Miguel Ramos, Stéphane Sarrazin, Alexandre Negrão, Alessandro Pier Guidi