Barchetta corsa

Barchetta corsa

Maserati surprised the motor racing fraternity when it launched a topless mid-engined sports racer on 14 December 1991 - over 35 years after its Tipo 65. The Barchetta was earmarked for the single-make Grantrofeo Barchetta championship. Six races took place on Italian tracks in 1992 and 10 during 1993, two of which on foreign circuits. A very few cars were later equipped with headlights and road car gear, but even the Barchetta stradale offered no kind of weather protection at all.

The Barchetta featured a central backbone chassis with integral fuel tank inspired by the Chubasco supercar concept announced in December 1990. Additional sub-frames carried the front suspension and the drivetrain and rear suspension. The suspension itself was race-inspired, with pushrods and pullrods operating inboard-mounted dampers and springs. The twin-turbo V6 had 4-valve heads and was derived from the 2.24v, Racing and Ghibli production cars, giving 315 bhp at 6,250 rpm from its 2.0 litres.

Just 10 Maserati Barchettas were assembled at De Tomaso Automobili on the outskirts of Modena. The Barchetta chassis survives in modified form in the limited-production De Tomaso Guarà.

Technical data

0-60 mph
Bodyworkcomposite and carbon-fibre two-seater barchetta-style sports car
Bore and stroke82x63 mm
Brakesall round ventilated discs, floating calipers
Brakes front
Brakes rear
Chassisaluminium and composite honeycomb backbone chassis
Compression ratio7.8:1
Cooling systemwater-cooled, centrifugal pump
Displacements (unitary)
Dry weight1,708 lbs (775 kg)
Engine90° V6
Engine weight
First race
Front Tyres
Front suspensiondouble wishbones, push-rods, co-axial spings and dampers
Front track
Fuel & lubricant
Fuel feedWeber electronic injection, two water-cooled IHI turbos with permanent overboost, two air-to-air intercoolers
Fuel tankrubber safety fuel tank located inside the central back-bone chassis member
Gear ratios
Height33.27 in. (845 mm)
Ignitionelectronic ignition
Kerb weight
Length159.45 in. (4,050 mm)
Maximum power315 bhp at 7,250 rpm
Maximum torque38 kgm (275.5 lbs/ft) at 4,250 rpm
ModelBarchetta corsa
One mile
Production dates1991
Production start1991
Quarter mile
Rear Tyres
Rear suspensiondouble wishbones, pull-rods, co-axial spings and dampers
Rear track
Steeringpower-assisted rack and pinion
Timing gearfour valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Top speedover 186 mph (300 km/h)
Total displacement1,996 cc
TransmissionGetrag 6-speed + reverse
Tyresfront 245/40 ZR 18; rear 285/35 ZR 18
Weight distribution
Wheelbase102.36 in. (2,600 mm)
Wheelsfront 8" J x 18"; rear 10.5" x 18"
Width77.36 in. (1,965 mm)