Maserati names its new supercar the MC20—and it’s going racing

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Maserati fans, get hyped. The trident brand finally dropped the name of its upcoming mid-engine halo car. We now know that the MC20 supercar will officially debut at the end of this May in Modena, though concrete details about the flagship and the promised electric variant remain scarce.

For now, Maserati is leaving us with an italicized logo and conjuring up nostalgic connections to historic Maserati open-wheel racing and the raucous, Enzo-based MC12 that campaigned in the FIA’s GT1 class (12 Corsa models hit the track; 50 road-going Stradales fulfilled homologation requirements). The upcoming car’s name, in full, is “Maserati Corse 2020” and it marks “the first model of the new Maserati Era.” We don’t know much about the new era, but we now know Maserati is riding into track battle once again, this time on the shoulders of the MC20.

Despite the fact that the MC12 sported a V-12, there’s (unfortunately) no indication the MC20 will sport twenty cylinders. Instead, Maserati’s pulling on another historic thread, that of the Tipo 26, in which the numerals stood for the year of manufacture.

Though we doubt Maserati’s gearing up for the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, could the trident brand be eying the new WEC Hypercar class? With Aston Martin’s Valkyrie-based race car now on hold, and Peugeot’s entry delayed at least until 2022, we’d be all the more stoked to see a manufacturer taking a risk and investing in this class. However, it’s probably a safer bet that Maserati is eying the GT-based classes, home to the C8.R, Porsche 911 RSR, and, until recently, the factory-backed Ford GT.

What’s your dream for Maserati’s return to the track? An all-out prototype entry or another mid-engine challenger to the Corvette?

Maserati MC12 Versione Corse
Maserati MC12 Versione Corse

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