Barchetta

The Maserati Barchetta is a bit an outsider in the list of Maserati road cars as it was never really intended for road use. This car was developed for a single-make championship which was held on various race tracks across Italy and Europe during 1993. The Barchetta had a single backbone chassis made from aluminium. This was a new technology that had been developed for the Chubasco-prototype. The centrally mounted engine was the 2.0L V6 in 24-valve configuration with power boosted to 315hp, while its wheel geometry was Formula 1-style and the body was made from composite and carbon fibre. With a total weight of only 775kg, performances were outstanding. A road-going version was considered but never commercialised due to homologation difficulties.

Data sheet Barchetta
Model code Tipo THB CMM
Body type Composite and carbon-fibre two-seater barchetta-style sports car
Design Carlo Gaino (Synthesis Design)
Production years 1992 - 1993
Maserati era De Tomaso
Numbers produced 17
Chassis Aluminium and composite honeycomb backbone chassis
Dry / kerb weight 775kg
Engine configuration 90° V6, 24 valves, double overhead camshaft, twin-turbo
Displacement 1,996cc
Maximum power 315hp @ 7,250rpm
Top speed Over 300km/h

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