15 January 2004

Maserati is hatching a top-secret plan to build 25 roadgoing versions of the Ferrari Enzo-based FIA GT car it has under development.

Both the race and road car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Ferrari and Maserati boss Luca di Montezemolo told Autocar exclusively at the Detroit show.

Di Montezemolo says he is working with the FIA to encourage other manufacturers,‘such as Porsche and Ford’ to enter the series in an attempt to revitalise it. Aston Martin and Lamborghini have already declared an interest in what has the potential to become a high-profile GT series.

The new Maserati is heavily based on the Ferrari Enzo supercar, but will have its own unique bodywork. Only 25 examples of the roadgoing Stradale version will be produced, the minimum number required by the FIA for entry into the GT series.

Power output and price have yet to be finally determined, but the car must be cheaper than the £425,000, 650bhp Enzo and less powerful in order to avoid upsetting the company hierarchy.

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Meanwhile, the expected decision on whether to build the Kubang SUV has been delayed. ‘We have been busy working on the racing car and a roadgoing version of the racing car, as well as the Quattroporte, so we have put the project in the corner for the moment,’ LDM said.

The plan now is to make a decision this March. If it gets the go-ahead, the Kubang will be developed using Audi’s aluminium spaceframe technology.

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