I love seeing these sorts of cars at tracks, as for me the mid to late 90s Super 2000 touring cars are some of the best looking and coolest race cars that have been produced to this day. This ex-touring car is now living the time attack life and I’m sure it’s a fantastic platform for a street based time attack machine. Luckily it was parked up and had most of its body panels removed giving me a chance to have a peek at some of the details.

The front has been nicely simplified and its all function! Scoops and ducts for the intake, radiator and brakes, and then a few attachment points for the front splitter. The radiator has been relocated to be right at the front of the car and actually looks a little smaller than the stock one.

The engine bay really is spectacular. The engine is incredibly low and rearward in the engine bay and it’s great to see how tidy they are. No unnecessary crap, just pure performance.
Because the engines were NA and the competition was incredibly fierce between manufactures, a lot of development is put into intake and exhaust design, resulting in an overwhelmingly big intake and plenum.

Due to the extensive lowering and 19″ wheels a lot of changes have been made to the chassis too, which you can see by all the welds present. Larger tubs, reinforced strut mounts and engine mounts and seam welds in lots of places.
I also like the removable and lightened front brace; this is something I would like to do on the Nissan.

Beautiful 2-piece discs and AP Racing calipers. Single lug nut for maximum awesomeness.

On to the interior and it’s all business. The driver sits very far back in the vehicle, almost behind the B-pillar with an extended steering wheel and dash. Floor mounted pedal box and of course, a sequential gearbox.

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The street circuit of the Bergamo Historic Gran Prix has no real safety precautions and during the heats the track will be full of spectators. The participants are therefore not allowed to drive at full pace, they have to be guided by pace cars. My dad was at the front in a Ferrari 458 Italia, while I was closing the pack in the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. To say I was excited about driving a lightened super car on a closed street circuit would be an understatement.

The MC Stradale is a lightened version of the GT, inspired by the Maserati Trofeo GranTurismo MC.



When you first step into the car you are bathed in black suede and carbon fiber. You sink into the adjustable racing seat, the high transmission tunnel and low roof line make it a really cosy place to sit. The 4 point racing harness retains some ease of use by clipping together with a simple buckle.


Photos: Alexp84 Flickr

The steering is on the light side but still has good feel. Compared to anything I’ve driven the handling is superb, excellent grip and composure. What impressed me the most though is the ride, it’s stiff and controlled but it still managed to easily soak up all the bumps of some old city road sections. Following classic cars didn’t require hard braking so I didn’t get a feel for the carbon ceramic brakes.

The icing on the cake has to be the sound. The 450hp 4.2 litre V8 is outstanding, in Race setting all the exhausts open up and what comes out the other side is heavenly.
I managed to clip a camera on me for a portion of a lap but unfortunately it’s fairly rubbish and even the sound is problematic, but hopefully you can get an idea.

Thanks to Alexp84 Flickr for the extra photos.

October 7, 2010

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In anticipation for Gran Turismo 5 I’ve been playing loads of Gran Turismo, the original, so I can then be blown away when it comes out.

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Scrolling through the little booklet I remembered of the little driving strategy section that was in there. It’s basically where I began learning about driving and the more technical side of cars at the age of 9.

I thought I would post the whole thing up as it’s quite funny how such an old and unaccurate (by todays standards) game speaks about car control, still interesting though. Alot of it reminds me of Tsuchiya’s Drift Bible.

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Unfortunately due to my laziness during the year I have an exam to resit. Studying during the summer sucks, so I’m pretty much stuck at home until I have to leave for Cardiff for the exam. I’m looking forward to Barcelona at the end of August but before I leave I’m going to the Autodromo of Franciacorta to meet up and take photos. Enjoy your summer while I sit at a desk…

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Beppe Gabbiani, Ford Sierra Cosworth. More Italian Super Touring Group A 1989 photos.

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Team Bigazzi M3 Evo, Italian Super Touring Group A 1989.

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Found this gem of a book in the garage while cleaning out of the Italian Super Turismo championship of 1989.