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Old 12 Jan 2005, 11:57 (Ref:1198881)   #1
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News from DSC suggests that we might not see the MC12s racing at Le Mans next year because they are yet to resolve the homologation issues and that they have to finalise it before next week to stand a chance of being considered by th ACO.

I wonder why has Maserati left it that late?

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Old 12 Jan 2005, 12:22 (Ref:1198899)   #2
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Probably because they've realised that they produced a car too expensive for teams to purchase and run! Why bother going to the expense of homologating it for Le Mans when they still might get their faces slapped by GM, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Saleen and still without people being able to afford to run them properly?!
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 12:33 (Ref:1198915)   #3
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Very true. The car is ridiculously priced for the proposed privateer teams to buy/lease and be able to compete in a cost-effective manner. So in short, Maserati has successfully created a car that nobody wants. Doesn't make much sense at all.

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Old 12 Jan 2005, 12:36 (Ref:1198916)   #4
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I wonder why has Maserati left it that late?
It's within reason to believe that they just haven't managed to get those changes done, without completely ruining the functionality of the aero on the car.

It is also possible that the cost is an issue, particularly when there are less expensive more proven packages.
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 13:20 (Ref:1198952)   #5
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I think they are working with an eye to ALMS which is an important market for Maserati. They have not had time and resources to modify the MC12 yet. They have said in the past in interviews that they would like to race in Le Mans, probably they will modify the cars for 2006.
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 13:25 (Ref:1198956)   #6
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oh they want the car .. i'm sure of that ... they've seen what i cant do ... affording it is another thing ..
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 14:06 (Ref:1198973)   #7
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Curious - how do they expect to run in the ALMS if they aren't ACO legal? Bad precedent coming down the pipe.
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 14:10 (Ref:1198975)   #8
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Curious - how do they expect to run in the ALMS if they aren't ACO legal? Bad precedent coming down the pipe.
They hope that ALMS will accept the FIA rules for the MC12. See the link (in italian) could not find it in other languages :
http://www.racingworld.it/fiagt/noti...?idtitolo=1243
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They hope that ALMS will accept the FIA rules for the MC12. See the link (in italian) could not find it in other languages
Perhaps they think they'll get to do whatever the hell they like just like the parent Ferrari company does in F1..?
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 18:50 (Ref:1199175)   #10
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I thought that was agreed as likely a long time ago.........
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 19:54 (Ref:1199247)   #11
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Ferrari dosent do whatever the hell they like in F1. Rules can and sometimes are forced through by the FIA - and theres nothing anyone can do about them. The changes are normally made on safety grounds. Normally any modifcations to the rules have to have unanimous support by all the teams, or say 7 of the 10 teams. Its not Ferrari's fault if in F1 they simply have the biggest budget and more recources than everyone else. Maserati in sportscars on the other hand is a differnt story, and hopefully the situation will be resolved soon, either by Maserati producing a slightly smaller car in width, or the ACO/FIA agreeing to some sort of additional penalty, most likely in the form of some kind of ballast. But the Ferrari F1 car is 100% compliant with the technical regulations of the FIA, lets not get mixed up here guys.
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 22:07 (Ref:1199380)   #12
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OK fair enough on that basis Saleen, what I was basically saying (or agreeing to) is what has been said many times before that I'm sure the people concerned thought full well that the rules would be bent for them......
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 22:16 (Ref:1199396)   #13
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I am sorry to say this but have to say I am getting a little bit tired of the Maserati MC12 saga, its seems to have dragged on for far too long.

OK it raced in the FIA GT Championship last year when it wasn't homologated, it looks as if the same thing is going to happen with ALMS too. From what I can work out the car seems to have not been built to either the FIA's or the ACO's rules, if everyone else can do it, why can't Maserati?
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 22:18 (Ref:1199398)   #14
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You know what this means though don't you Rob? My Daewoo must be eligible as well!

One last chance before it goes some time next month.....
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 23:33 (Ref:1199460)   #15
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Ferrari do tend to have a habit of getting thier own way in F1...

not saying they do anything they want but... I'd be suprised if they didn't get thier own way on this issue...
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