In pictures: Testing the Maserati MC20 on cold, low-grip surfaces


Maserati has released images of its test engineers unleashing the MC20 sports car’s 630HP 3-litre V6 power on low-grip surfaces. The MC20 is undergoing a series of reliability tests (on road and track, in various driving conditions) and intensive cold-weather trials on the snow-covered roads of the Valtellina and at the Ghiacciodromo Livigno (Sondrio), Italy’s most notable snow and ice circuit.

During this cold-weather programme, the super sports car was tested to evaluate engine cold starting, the low-temperature performance of its elastic components, and the car’s handling on cold and low-grip asphalt surfaces. The tests were also performed to verify correct functioning of the climate control system in cold conditions, as well as tests conducted on the battery, suspension and brakes.

The MC20 weighs 1,500kg, including a 100kg monocoque

The MC20 being tested in Valtelline, a valley in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. A beautiful location for vehicle dynamics work

Testing the mid-engined MC20’s handling on cold and low-grip asphalt surfaces

The MC20’s ultra-light carbon fibre monocoque was designed to enhance speed, safety and vehicle dynamics thanks to its high torsional and bending stiffness

The Maserati engineering team taking a break during a tough day’s ‘work’ assessing the MC20 on low-friction road surfaces

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