Monday, October 6, 2008


The Corse Concept is based on the 430hp GranTurismo S model. Weight was shaved (the interior was gutted) and the engine was completely remapped to add an extra 20 horses to the mix, bringing total power to 450hp.

To cool the car, there’s an air inlet and two extra air vents on the hood. To make sure it handles with all that new power, the suspension and brakes were upgraded and the chassis was stiffened.

Weight has been cut and the engine mapping and intake and exhaust systems have all been changed to increase performance. The 4.7-liter V8 engine now makes 450 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. In front, there's a new splitter and two large air intakes added to the grille, plus a new hood with a dynamic air inlet and two additional air vents. More air vents are added to the side, linked to new "miniskirts" under the doors. The fenders and trunk spoiler have both been changed.

Upgraded brakes, a lightened and stiffened chassis and changed suspension settings all add to the racing capability of the concept. It also gets an FIA-approved integral roll cage, and a new set of 18-inch front and rear wheels with racing slicks.

The GranTurismo MC Concept was tested over the summer by driver Andrea Bertolini of the Vodafone FIA GT team and will be made available for sale to individuals who want to race in GT3 or GT4 classes.

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