The 2007 Maserati MC12 Versione Corse is a track-only hypercar of everyone’s dreams.
When you’ve got more money than you know what to do with, you’ve got a few options on how to spend it. You can go the Bill Gates route and start a philanthropic group that tries to cure AIDS and tackle real issues facing humanity. You can go the Elon Musk route and make flamethrowers, electric cars, and a rocket that can go to Mars. You can go the Jeff Bezos route and issue flowery press releases that ultimately do nothing to convince anyone that you’re a nice guy.
Or you can just blow it all on a fancy toy like the MC12 Versione Corsa.
The Maserati MC12 was made back in the day when Ferrari and Maserati were essentially the same company, and so was based on the same chassis as the Ferrari Enzo and FXX. It wasn’t nearly as popular and mostly was just made for homologation purposes in order to make the MC12 GT1 racer which won the FIA GT Manufacturers Cup in 2005.
The MC12 Corsa is based on the GT1, only it was made for stupidly rich people and not racing teams. But otherwise, the cars are virtually identical.
Under the hood is the same 6.0-L naturally aspirated V12 engine as the GT1, which produces 745 hp--122 more horses than the regular, road-going MC12. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a 6-speed sequential semi-automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The interior of the MC12 Corsa is still covered in as much Alcantara as Maserati could get away with, but everything else that made it a luxury car has been removed. There’s no air conditioning, radio, or anything to electronically assist the driver like stability control or anti-lock brakes. This car was made during a time when such electronic gizmos were considered “impure” and not utterly necessary to prevent the billionaire amateur driver from crashing his ride.
Only 12 MC12 Corsas were ever made, and they all came in the same color: Blue Victory. Each sold originally for $1.47 million US, which in today’s dollars would be closer to $1.74 million. That's a lot for a car that you can't drive on the road.
One such model is now for sale at Pagani of Beverly Hills (and with thanks to Jalopnik for pointing us to it). The price is unlisted, but it’s one of those “if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it” sort of deals.