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Click above for more high-res shots of the Maserati MC12

Despite the fact there is no real "Official 'Ring Record" for production cars, manufacturers never miss the chance to time their fastest cars as they lap the famous German race track. After all, there's a great bit of marketing to be had by claiming that your car is faster than everything else. Maserati realizes this just as much as the next company, and the Italian automaker's MC12 is still 'super' even though it's now three years old. Perhaps even more so, as it recently managed to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7:24.29. Not only is this an extremely fast time, it betters the marks set by such enviable performers as the Ferrari Enzo, Koenigsegg CCX, Pagani Zonda F Clubsport and Porsche Carrera GT. All of these cars are owned by one (very lucky) man and were tested with the same driver (American Le Mans Series racer Marc Basseng) at the same time and under the same conditions, while lap timing duties went to Europe's evo magazine. All of this lends a dose of credibility to the Trident's accomplishment that's lacking from the incredible 'Ring times that automakers have been claiming lately. So, while not all 'Ring times are created equal, some bragging rights now belong to Maserati.*

*The only car we know of that claims a faster time is the Dodge Viper ACR, which unofficially managed the deed in just 7:22. Your lap times may vary.


[Source: Maserati]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      no doubt about it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool car, and hardly "old". Congrats Maser.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what's the blues square strapped in under the hood, in pic 7 ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Better than an Enzo? I thought the MC12 was an Enzo badged Maserati?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Aerodynamically it is almost entirely different from the Enzo, and aero makes a _huge_ difference round the 'ring (look at the Radical SR8, the quickest road-legal car around the 'ring — it has far more downforce than virtually everything else road-legal, and a lower top speed, and is under 7 minutes).
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you look at the source article, the MC12, Enzo and Zonda F were all within a second of each other. It also states that the Enzo's electronic rear dampers stopped working and hindered the time. With a 7+ minute lap, the sub 1 second difference is within the natural lap-to-lap variation that any driver on a track has. I'd call this one a tie.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My question is what tires did it use?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Same chassis. They're not completely identical though.

        Still, remember you could test the exact same car twice and not get the exact same figures. It's quite possible this is just normal error.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Times:
        Koenigsegg CCX: No time mentioned, but slowest
        Porsche Carrera GT: 7:28.71
        Ferrari Enzo: 7:25.21
        Pagani Zonda F Clubsport: 7:24.65
        Maserati MC12: 7:24.29
        • 6 Years Ago
        Funny you should mention that. Even Top Gear showed the MC12 to be a bit faster. Apparently it is set up a smidge better, and the stability electronics are just slightly less intrusive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        > Koenigsegg CCX: No time mentioned, but slowest

        The CCX did a 7:33:55, but crashed on the final attempt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just curious, would the ring be closed completely to other drivers/testers when these runs are being made? I ask this because slower traffic could make a huge difference in times, especially on a track this long.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Evo magazine must be the luckiest bunch of motoring journos out there; their managing ed owns a Zonda for chrissakes.

      Hats off to them to do it without the bias of advertising or manufacturing pressure.

      • 6 Years Ago
      i guess everyone is just asleep,
      how can the MC12 "smash" the 'ring record if the Viper ACR had set a time of 7:22:1 in august.
      The test was official, conducted by Chrysler and verified by Motor Trend , the car was stock with the only changes being the non-stock race seat with a six-point harness.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Viper's time wasn't a ring record either. The official production car record still belongs to Radical.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That car looks like Tommy Lee Jones.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet. The Radical is still way faster though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this the MC12 owned by the guy down in Florida (Tampa, I think), that runs a flea market, and has all his cars on display in the middle of said flea market? Dream Car Garage went down there last season, and drove his yellow Ferrari F50.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice time, Though i think limited production cars like these, zonda et al(along with price) are in an entirely different league.
      That being said, this is pretty impressive for a 3 year old model.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your comment creates an interesting question in my mind:

        What time would that McLaren F1 car that Gordon Murray designed do 'round the ring. That thing is how old now, but I bet it would post a pretty decent time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe I saw a Radical on a show a few years back and I am shocked it is street legal. If I am correct, it uses a Suzuki Hyabusa engine...anyone know more about the Radical???
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Veyron was never timed on the ring. The 7:40 time that goes around the net was just an estimate by an Australian magazine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Radical is just the company name. Radical SR8 is the one we're talking about.

        http://www.radicalsportscars.com/

        And the SR8's owners manual with the maintenance schedule, which is a lot more like an ALMS car than a road car. It makes ferrari ownership look easy.
        http://www.radicalsportscars.com/range/sr8/2006%20Radical%20SR8%20Owners%20Manual.pdf

      • 6 Years Ago
      The ZR1 just recently lapped the 'Ring on 10/27/08, doing it in an incredible Enzo destroying, Maserati MC12 embarrassing, Pagani Zonda raping, Bugatti Veyron mutalating 7:22.4 seconds making it without a doubt the fastest production car on the planet. Bar None.
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