Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati has unveiled a new race car, the MCXtrema. Unlike previous models, the MCXtrema was designed entirely on the computer, without classic modeling with clay.
According to design chief Klaus Busse, the digital approach enabled an extremely fast development process. As a result, the design could be completed in as little as 8 weeks. Collaboration between designers and engineers was also simplified by real-time simulation.
3D printing was also used in the design. While the basic shape was modeled on the computer, Maserati optimized details using 3D-printed components. This allowed precise fine-tuning of the look, for which clay models are otherwise common.
With its digital approach, Maserati aims to reconcile art and technology. While unusual for the traditional brand, the approach underscores its focus on innovation.
The 730-horsepower MCXtrema is to be built in a small series of 62 examples and is aimed at collectors with a passion for motor sports. According to Maserati, a prototype will go on the race track for the first time in early 2024.