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Reports are saying that Maserati is abandoning the MC12 for next year because there are too many rules being forced on the car by the FIA for them to comply with before March '05. That's reappy too bad because the MC12 is such a great looking car and really seemed to come along in the final races that it competed in. I would have loved to see that thing in action, but it looks like it's dead in the water. Quite sad. Hope to hear of better news about the project in the forthcomming months.
 

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well apparantly Maser has already build about 6 other costumer racing cars and they have plans for another 25 road cars for 2005, so i'm still wondering what they are going to do.
and the car that won Oscherleben will be auctioned of at the Sotheby's auction in Maranello next april
 

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Reports are saying that Maserati is abandoning the MC12 for next year because there are too many rules being forced on the car by the FIA for them to comply with before March '05. That's reappy too bad because the MC12 is such a great looking car and really seemed to come along in the final races that it competed in. I would have loved to see that thing in action, but it looks like it's dead in the water. Quite sad. Hope to hear of better news about the project in the forthcomming months.
Can you quote the source? I thought they had complied and that's why they were allowed to race but not to score points for the championship!
 

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that what they did for the remainder of this season
they entered in the last 4 races of the season
Imola: 2nd & 3th
Oscherleben: 1st & 8th and then to think that Salo said after this race that the car still wasn't at its full game :eek:
Dubai: 2nd & DNF
Zhuhai: 1st & 2nd

the debate about next year is still going altough it looks like they will compete in GT :-?
 

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Hmm...*goes to find site*

Ah yes, part of barchetta.cc. Barchetta.cc

Ok, I mis-interpreted that, as I guess they won't be competing in LMES and LeMans. But that does not include FIA GT. Sorry about that guys, here's the quote.

"Maserati will not appear in the 2005 LMES, nor at Le Mans it is now believed.
Although Claudio Berro stated a couple of months ago that Maserati would try to
have a single car at the Sebring 12-Hours, in order to be eligible for Le Mans, this
is now thought to be unlikely. The MC12 would have to be made shorter, and
narrower, and be presented with a flat floor, in order to conform to the regulations,
just too much work for the Italians to complete by March 18.

I need reminding - why would anyone front up one million Euro for an MC12, plus
a bond, plus spares, for a car that is eligible for FIA GT in 2005, for one year only
and under a waiver, only to need a total rebuild for 2006? There must be
something that the people in Modena know about, that the customers haven’t
sussed.
"
 

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Claudio Berro stated a couple of months ago that Maserati would try to
have a single car at the Sebring 12-Hours, in order to be eligible for Le Mans, this
is now thought to be unlikely. The MC12 would have to be made shorter, and
narrower, and be presented with a flat floor, in order to conform to the regulations,
just too much work for the Italians to complete by March 18.
For LeMans the rules are different. So Maserati have to make changes to comply but don't have the time. If they can't compete this year they will the next.

But nothing is said about FIA GT which was the objective in the first place. 25 units were made for homologation and surely the FIA have to accept that it's a production car!!!! Maserati made this car with the expressed intention of entering the FIA GT series and they'll be damned is they don't go through with it.
 

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true the FIA-GT needs those 25 cars for homologation, wich are already delivered and Maserati plans another 25 street cars for 2005

and yes the LMES falls under the ACO rulling.
too bad though, since i would defenitly do Spa & Nurburgring from the LMES again next year. and i will already have to miss both 575 GTC's from Barron Connor racing next year.
now i do hope, and it most likelly will, that evering will be in order to race in the FIA-GT
next year should be AMAZING then, 550 GTC, 575 GTC, 360 GTC, 996 N-GT3RS, DB9GT, Murcielago R-GT, MC12, S7R, Viper GTS and hopefully a 350Z aswell, there only raced one in the final race at Zhuhai, they are pretty competitive in the JGTC
 
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