initially drafting up Maserati's premier supercar, Ferrari made sure the
MC12 fell below the coveted Enzo in terms of power and performance,
however, one unique example has now smashed this barrier.
Edo Karabegovic is responsible for tuning some of the fastest cars ever
made. Financed from the deep pockets of an enthusiastic owner, he now
has his name splashed across a heavily modified a MC12; a car which many
purists consider too sacred to personalize.
Edo is no newcomer to high-end tuning, his 911 conversion blew the socks
off the Carrera GT's lap record around the famed Nurburgring. When
considering the MC12 he said: 'only the doors and the windows were
right; everything else was absolute shit'. Edo was referring to the
restricted power and limited aerodynamic abilities of the original car
below 150 mph. These faults were a result of racing regulations that
forced the homologated MC12 be outfitted like its race equivalent. Edo's
mission was to fix these problems and create an MC12 in his own way.
According to Edo, probably the best modification is the replacement of
the standard Pirellis with Bridgestones. And matched with a new fully
adjustable suspension, the MC12 is likely headed to the Nurburgring to
fetch a lap time that would make every Ferrari owner think twice.
Aside from the shoutout paint scheme, one of the first noticeable Edo
touches is the faired-in headlights which Edo gently melted Macrolon
covers for. As a next step, he is trying to get a competition-spec wing,
but Maserati Racing still promptly refuse.
Under the skin, this Maserati's claim to fame is a 700 bhp engine that
screams louder than a Ferrari. Probably the largest improvement comes
from a freelow and lightweight exhaust system. Included are keyfob-controlled
valves which bypass any baffles and let the MC12 sing its deafening
song. With the vales closed, the mufflers offer a quiet mode that still
hollers louder than the neighborhood Mustang.
Along with its exhaust, the engine produces 70 more horsepower thanks to
new management electronics and an induction system with a ram-air effect
and better filtering. The gearbox was modified slightly to cope with
these new forces, but the ratios remain intact.
Keeping the new Edo in check and in the 21st century are new ceramic
discs measuring 15 inches up front. While the supplier remains
anonymous, the discs fit inside the stock calipers and reduce unsprung
weight on every wheel.
Even though the MC12 R would appear a complete package, Edo has plenty
of revisions to go and plan to source a competition-spec wing as well as
put the MC12 on a much-needed diet. Most likely when we consider this
car again it will look a lot different.
Story by Richard Owen