New Audemars Piguet watch celebrates Maserati MC12 victories
As the title sponsor of the “Trofeo Audemars Piguet Maserati Europa”, the watchmaker from Le Brassus, Switzerland, is also the official sponsor of the MC12 cars entering the GT series.
The Maserati MC12, the ultra-limited edition road car that has proved so effective in FIA GT races, was limited to a production run of just 50 examples. Its livery, blue and white, was reminiscent of the famous CAMORADI Tipo 60/61 'Birdcage' sports racing cars of the early '60s. It was produced between 2004 and 2005 at the price of EURO 720.000.
The GT racing version was developed from the road-going model - and this was the car that marked Maserati’s return to international racing. After a brilliant start up in 2004, Maserati won the FIA GT Manufacturers’ Cup in 2005.
The new Audemars Piguet Tourbillon and Chronograph and the GranSport MC Victory, officially launched at the Geneva Salon this year to celebrate the Maserati success in the FIA GT Championship, both show the strong effort of the Modenese manufacturer in motor sports.
Over 30 years of competition, Maserati has won 500 races when driven by some of the all time greats as Fangio and Moss.
Text: Classic Driver
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