The 2004 Maserati MC12 Stradale is a limited-production targa top supercar by Maserati that is based on the Ferrari Enzo Ferrari. The MC12 was produced in only 50 units; 25 in 2004 and another 25 in 2005. The MC12 debuted in Forza Motorsport 2, returning for all subsequent games ever since with the only exception being Forza Horizon.
Homologation of race version cars has often brought the highest level of performance cars to the street. The Maserati MC12 is no different. Fifty cars were produced to homologate the #15 and two other race versions of the MC12. The stress-bearing chassis is fashioned out of a carbon fiber and Nomex honeycomb sandwich and follows the design of the Enzo Ferrari, although the MC12 is much larger and slightly slower. Marking the Trident’s return to racing after some 37 years, in 2005 the JMB Racing Maserati took second in the FIA Team Cup and Maserati won the Manufacturers Cup. Unfortunately, the MC12 was too wide to compete in the American Le Mans Series, but was allowed to race as a guest without the ability to earn points in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There are no such rules in the world of Forza, so have at it and race it where you please; the only complaint you may get is to turn down the volume when the Masi hits its powerband.
Maserati designed and built the MC12, codenamed the Maserati MCC during development, on the Enzo Ferrari's chassis, but the MC12 is much larger and has a lower drag coefficient. The MC12 was developed to mark Maserati's return to racing after 37 years. The MC12 GT1, a race car on which the MC12 road car would be based, succeeded in the FIA GT towards the end of the 2004 season.
The MC12 features a derivative of the Enzo Ferrari's 6.0L (5,998 cc) F140 V12, codenamed M144A. The MC12 produces 624 hp (465 kW) and 480 ft·lb (651 N·m) of torque. The MC12 is claimed to do 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and a lower top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), lower than the Enzo's 217 mph (350 km/h).
The MC12 features a removable roof panel, allowing it to be a targa top supercar. Unlike the Enzo, the MC12 features no rear window.
The Maserati MC12, being based on the Enzo Ferrari, behaves much like the Enzo Ferrari but with slower acceleration, a lower top speed, and slightly worse braking performance (longer braking distances). This is due to having a slightly downtuned engine over the Enzo, as well as having inferior tires to those used in the Enzo. The MC12, on the other hand, features a slight edge in handling due to having a fixed rear wing that generates more downforce.
In Forza Horizon 3, the MC12 can reach a top speed of 220 mph (355 km/h).
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