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
Bodywork composite and carbon-fibre two-seater barchetta-style sports car
Bore and stroke 82x63 mm
Brakes all round ventilated discs, floating calipers
Brakes front
Brakes rear
Chassis aluminium and composite honeycomb backbone chassis
Compression ratio 7.8:1
Cooling system water-cooled, centrifugal pump
Displacements (unitary)
Dry weight 1,708 lbs (775 kg)
Engine 90° V6
Engine weight
First race
Front Tyres
Front suspension double wishbones, push-rods, co-axial spings and dampers
Front track
Fuel & lubricant
Fuel feed Weber electronic injection, two water-cooled IHI turbos with permanent overboost, two air-to-air intercoolers
Fuel tank rubber safety fuel tank located inside the central back-bone chassis member
Gear ratios
Height 33.27 in. (845 mm)
Ignition electronic ignition
Kerb weight
Length 159.45 in. (4,050 mm)
Maximum power 315 bhp at 7,250 rpm
Maximum torque 38 kgm (275.5 lbs/ft) at 4,250 rpm
Model Barchetta corsa
One mile
Production dates 1991
Production start 1991
Quarter mile
Rear Tyres
Rear suspension double wishbones, pull-rods, co-axial spings and dampers
Rear track
Steering power-assisted rack and pinion
Timing gear four valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Top speed over 186 mph (300 km/h)
Total displacement 1,996 cc
Transmission Getrag 6-speed + reverse
Tyres front 245/40 ZR 18; rear 285/35 ZR 18
Weight distribution
Wheelbase 102.36 in. (2,600 mm)
Wheels front 8" J x 18"; rear 10.5" x 18"
Width 77.36 in. (1,965 mm)