This car was at the RM Sotheby's auction in March at Amelia Island. Lot 139 was described by the auctioneer as follows:
"In 2006, Maserati elected to build a limited series of track-only MC12s, developed directly from the MC12 GT1, which won the 2005 FIA GT Championship. Designated Versione Corse, 12 fortunate clients were specifically chosen by Maserati and, while the Versione Corse, or simply Corsa, was not intended for road use, it was to be driven in track events specially organized by Maserati.
Most importantly, it allowed private owners to drive and enjoy an unparalleled supercar. The MC12 Corsa was developed in response to the customer demand to own the MC12 GT1 racing car and fueled by the growth in track days, where owners were able test the limits of their cars.
All aspects of the MC12 Corsa are closely related to its GT1 counterpart, although it features the shortened nose that permitted the GT1 to compete in the American Le Mans series. The 6.0-liter V-12 engine was essentially the same, but with horsepower up to an astonishing 755 bhp at 8,000 rpm. All told, the MC12 Corsa is reportedly capable of sprinting to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, shifting gears through the six-speed electronically actuated Cambiocorsa transmission.
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The Maserati MC12 Versione Corse presented here is finished in eye-catching speed yellow. The car has spent most of its life in the UAE under the watchful eye of the Maserati race team, garaged its entire life and meticulously maintained. The car has covered only 2,015 km (less than 1,300 miles) and has benefitted from a recent cosmetic refinishing. The car was recently acquired from a large collection in Dubai. The somewhat spartan interior features a blue dash, unique suede-wrapped carbon fiber steering wheel with digital telemetry screen, and Sparco carbon fiber racing seats featuring five-point Willans harnesses.
While the MC12 Corsa is directly related to the Ferrari FXX in both spirit and execution, it differs from its Ferrari sibling in several major respects, not the least of which is the additional torque produced by the engine. Moreover, the MC12 benefits from a race-winning pedigree and added rarity, as only 12 MC12s (along with one prototype) were produced compared to the 29 FXXs.
Rare, ultra-exclusive, and breathtakingly fast, the MC12 Versione Corse is the ultimate private racing car and a supercar of unparalleled collectability."
This particular vehicle has only travelled 2,000 kms and the auctioneer was looking for between $1.6m and $2m, however it sold for $1.35m.