Maserati GranTurismo race car for 2012 Trofeo MC World Series: Participation fees €110,000 excluding test and race fees (Photos & Video)
Auto racing is one area which works as an arena for auto manufacturers to show off their racing wheels. Each of these auto manufacturers have their own racing series where in they can project their offerings in a spectacular way to the audience. Ferrari shows some of their best machinery at the Challenger Series while Lamborghini uses the Blancpain Super Trofeo as the launch pad for their luxury racers and Porsche has the Carrera Cup. Maserati is now in its third year of Trofeo World Series and has been upgrading the GranTurismo coupe for this very purpose.
For the upcoming season Maserati has taken the GranTurismo, upgraded and improved; and is getting set to showcase this vehicle at the 2012 Torfeo MC World series. The vehicle featuring a more aerodynamic bodykit and reduced weight, the GranTurismo will provide some high speed entertainment while racing through the world’s greatest racing circuits at 2 ½ seconds faster around the Vallelunga circuit in Rome as compared to its performance at last year’s winter testing.
2012 season of Trofeo MC World Series starts this weekend. These two days will see around 40 drivers from 12 countries participate and test the new car. 20 crews are enrolled and will include three teams AF Corse, Swiss Team and Konvex Racing which also participated in last year’s title.
The cost of competing in Torfeo series is €110,000 ($140,000) plus race and test fees. €70,000 ($88,540) is for participation in four European stages while private teams using their own cars will have to pay €35,000 ($44,270) for the entire championship with €25,000 ($31,619) for European entrants.
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The Trofeo Maserati on the world stage
The new Maserati Trofeo MC World Series is ready to go. Now in its third year, Maserati’s single-make series has made a number of big changes for 2012, the biggest of which have been to the race calendar. Now, the European boundaries have been broken with events programmed for the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, and the F1 circuit in Shanghai, China. The championship can now be called truly ‘global’.
Maserati will take care of running the series. The all-inclusive format suits gentleman drivers and those who want to race high-performance cars from a marque that has long been associated with motor racing.
The 2012 season officially gets underway with this weekend’s tests at Vallelunga to kick off a series won by David Baldi last year. The two test days will see around forty drivers from twelve countries trying out the new car. There will be drivers from Italy, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, England, Germany, Monaco, San Marino, Hungary and the United Arab Emirates taking part.
As things stand, there are 20 crews enrolled, including three teams, AF Corse, Swiss Team and Konvex Racing, which battled it out for the title last year. There are also lots of drivers who have stayed loyal to the Maserati series, like Cedric Sbirrazzuoli, who last year scooped the Team title along with Alessandro Chionna, and Renaud Kuppens (who has competed in the FIA GT). Among the newcomers are Giorgio Sernagiotto/Giuseppe Fascicolo (ex-Ferrari Challenge), Riccardo Ragazzi/Alan Simoni (ex-Italian GT), Andrea Dromedari/Max Pigoli (ex-Superstars International), Tiziano Cappelletti (Italian GT4 champion).
The first round in the series is scheduled for 20 May at Jarama, Spain. It is then on to Portimao, Portugal, on 3 June, Imola (Italy) on 24 June, and Paul Ricard (France) on 22 July. Then come the two events that wrap up the season: in North America, on 23 September, and Asia on 4 November.
The GranTurismo MC’s new set up, featuring an aerodynamic bodykit and reduced weight, will make it more competitive. During test sessions held during the winter break, the car showed that its performance was much better as it lapped at an average of 2.5 seconds quicker than the 2011 version. The 2012 races are also new, with two formats to be run: the standard 40 minute event will be run for three rounds with the other three rounds made up of endurance races of two 30 minute and one 50 minute event. The 50 minute races will feature a compulsory pit stop and driver change for cars crewed by two drivers.
The regulations have also been tweaked: as well as the usual division between Trofeo and Team standings, this year will see the introduction of an Absolute classification. All the drivers can compete for a place in these new standings with the winning team or driver being crowned the 2012 Maserati Trofeo MC World Series champion.
All the cars that appear in the Trofeo are made track-ready by a dedicated team of technicians to ensure that the drivers race on a level playing field. Private teams can take part with cars set up in line with 2010, 2011 or 2012 spec. However, private cars have to meet homologation criteria and Maserati’s technical requirements. The data analysis session with Maserati engineers has also been confirmed.
The cost of competing in the Trofeo series is €110.000, plus the race entry and test fees. €70.000 (excluding fees) ensures participation in the four European stages. For private teams fielding their own cars, the cost is €35.000 (excluding fees) for the entire championship and €25.000 (excluding fees) for the European legs only.
Maserati’s track programme will also see an indirect competition with a Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo GT3 from Swiss Team. The Swiss squad’s GT3 will make its first track outing at Jarama in the Spanish GT and will then go on to appear in the GT Open. Incidentally, Swiss Team contributed to developing the Trofeo 2012’s kit.
Winter saw the first ever Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK. The Maserati single-make series was held exclusively in the Middle East over six gripping rounds. Races took place on the F1 tracks in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain with Lebanese driver Joe Ghanem eventually coming out on top.
The list of partners and official suppliers to the 2012 Maserati Trofeo MC World Series includes the confirmation of Pirelli and Sparco and the entry of new companies like Bower & Wilkins, Maserati Time, Kuehne + Nagel, Audes, Performance 1 and Bontour.
2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo