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Old 12 Jan 2004, 20:51 (Ref:835930)   #1
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FIA GT: Maserati testing - Fiorano

Just found out today that Maserati have been testing their new Maserati GT car that will contest selected rounds of the FIA GT championship this year (Probably Spa 24hrs being one) Andrea Bertolini was at the wheel today and put in a few laps, although no times were recorded. Testing will continue tommorow. http://www.maserati.com/jsp/introSot...ceegdgimdfmg.0

Sounds like the Maserati is coming along nicely! I wonder will Bertolini be one of the Factory Maserati drivers? Hes a great driver and is probably on the Maserati short list, the question is who will partner him and who will piolt the 2nd car? If there is a 2nd car.

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Old 12 Jan 2004, 20:56 (Ref:835935)   #2
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Good surprise ! Very beautiful car. It looks a bit like the Nissan.
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I think from the cockpit onwards it looks a bit like a DP
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I saw the picture over on DSC earlier this evening, and I have to say it looks stunning.
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 21:00 (Ref:835940)   #5
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I love it. Does it use the exact same engine as the Enzo, or is it tuned one way or another? I think it is what the Enzo should've been, those graceful curves. The road car is debuting at Geneva in March, they said. I reall, really, like it. I just hope it doesn't flop at the first race like the Lambo R-GT.

Also, in a JMB article I read they were getting the first customer car and would be racing it as soon as possible. That is good news.

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Old 12 Jan 2004, 21:01 (Ref:835942)   #6
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I think it's nicer than the Enzo.
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Amazing looking car. Reminds me of the GT1 days.
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Thats what we are getting back towards now though Jhansen, the GT1 days when the cars really were GT1 days, not F1 cars with lids on. Now hopefully Ratel and the FIA and ACO can make the GTS class work, unlike with the GT1 class.
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Sorry but i'm going with the Enzo.
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Saleen: I'm a big fan of the old GT1 cars. The Mercedes CLK and the Porsche GT1 were quick with looks to match! But are you saying the current GTS class is similar to the old GT1 class? Because I certainly do not see it that way at all. The old GT1 cars were fast, and the current GTS cars, well are not as fast.
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The GTS cars are already faster than some of the old GT1 class cars Jhansen, and with the new breed of cars coming in within the next 2 years such as the Carrera GT, Maserati GT and Lambourgini Murcielago, I think that for 2005 if Maserati have a well sorted car we could see them doing times of 3:43-3:46 - this year I think the current cars such as the Ferrari 575s and Saleen S7Rs could dip into the low 3:49s.
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 22:36 (Ref:836031)   #12
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I found the following times from Le Mans:

1998-Toyota GTOne-3:36.552
1998-Mercedes CLK-3:35.544
1998-Porsche GT1-3:38.084
1999-Toyota GTOne-3:29.930
1999-Mercedes CLR-3:31.541

2001-Saleen S7R-3:52.849
2002-Ferrari 550-3:54.091
2002-Ferrari 550-3:53.278


Pretty big gap there.
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 22:53 (Ref:836039)   #13
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Hmmmm... line crossed
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Im not debating that there is a pretty big gap in lap times, especially from the top GT1 cars to the top GTS cars, but cars like the Panoz GT1 arent very much faster than the Care Racing Ferrari 550s, as was shown in the LM 1000KM, when the new Maserati makes its debut I woudnt be suprised if its signifcantly faster than the Panoz, and Id expect to see a few more cars faster than the Panoz too, such as the Ferrari 575. If the new section of the track wasnt there now the GTS cars would be faster than some of the GT1 cars, like the Mclaren F1 and near the pace of cars like the Nissan R390 which set a 3:45.298 in LM 1998.
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Also Jhansen a few more other times from GT1 in 1998.

1998 #44 Panoz GT1 3:44.602
1998 #41 Mclaren F1 GTR 3:50.566
1998 #40 Mclaren F1 GTR 3:50.863

Now if the new section at LM wasnt there the GTS cars would be going much faster now than they are, perhaps even 3:48s. The GTS class is on the way up, and the ACO's stance on the regulations is showing this.
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