TodayDecember 9, 2021

Maserati engine F1 technology for a road car

Maserati MC20 and Nutteno engine in Modena, Italy

  • Maserati Nettuno: 100% Maserati: 100% Made in Modena
  • A futuristic engine produced by Maserati’s team of technicians and engineers, protected by international patents.
  • Technical specifications confirmed for the new engine.
  • Technological features derived from Formula 1, resulting in improved engine efficiency, increased performance, and reduced consumption.
  • The MC20 super sports car, the first Maserati to adopt the new engine, will be presented during the “MMXX: The time to be audacious” event, which will take place on 9 and 10 September in Modena.

Maserati’s new era begins with a new engine. The new engine is the beating heart of the MC20 super sportscar that will make its world premiere in September. The engine was designed at Maserati’s Modena facilities: the Maserati Innovation Lab on Via Emilia Ovest. The workshops on Via Delle Nazioni (Maserati Corse’s historic base) and developed at the Engine Hub, situated at the famous Viale Ciro Menotti, where it will be built.

Currently, the new production line and new paint shop are being modified to host the much-anticipated MC20.

The new engine is the result of a technical revolution, one protected by international patents. The project was born from the passion and commitment of a team of highly-qualified technicians and engineers. After twenty years, Maserati has once again enthusiastically taken on the challenge of returning to its Modena HQ with the development and production of a new, highly-technological, high-performance engine.

The operation is a strategic one for Maserati, a brand that, today, is preparing to launch the new MC20, a project that is 100% Made in Modena starting with its engine, the heart of the new car.

An ambitious design, which represents a historic moment for the company, a new era that will officially begin on September 9 and 10 in Modena during the event, “MMXX: The time to be audacious.” At the launch, new models will be revealed, which will go into production in the coming years, and innovative propulsion systems, as well as ambitious programs developed by the Casa del Tridente, will be announced.

The new power unit is a V90° architecture, with a 3-liter, 6-cylinder twin-turbo, and features a dry-sump (a classic solution on super sportscars). It delivers 630CV (USA 621 hp) at 7500rpm and 730 Nm (the USA 538 pound-feet) of torque from 3000rpm with a specific power output of 210CV/liter.

The compression ratio is 11:1; the stroke is 82 mm, and the bore 88 mm.
The soul of the engine is the innovative pre-chamber combustion system featuring twin-spark plugs. The technology is derived from Formula 1 and is now available, for the first time, on an engine destined for the road.

The engine has three main features:
The pre-chamber: a combustion chamber is set between the central electrode and the traditional combustion chamber and is connected by a series of specially-designed holes.

Lateral sparkplug: a traditional sparkplug acts as a support to ensure constant combustion when the engine is operating at a level that doesn’t need the pre-chamber to kick in.

Twin injection system – direct and indirect: linked to the fuel supply pressure at 350bar (USA 5076 psi), the system reduces noise low down on the rev range, lowering emissions and improving consumption.
It is strategically important and supported by the Innovation Lab, which, thanks to virtual analysis, has allowed development and planning times to be notably reduced.
The new “Made in Modena” engine, a traditional 90° V6, has been taken to unheard of power and torque levels and will be used for the first time on the MC20 super sportscar. The MC20 will take Maserati back to the world of racing.

Engine Specs


Engine Architecture
V6 90°

Total displacement
3.0 l

Bore / Stroke
88 x 82 mm

Compression Ratio
11: 1

Firing Order

Max Power
630CV @ 7500 rpm (USA 621 hp)

Max Torque
730 Nm @ 3000 – 5500 rpm (in the USA 538 pound-feet)

Engine Max Revs
8000 rpm

Twin Side Turbo with electronic actuated Waste Gate

Ignition System
Twin Spark with passive prechamber

Lubrication pump
Fully variable oil pump

Lubrication system
Dry sump with scavenge pumps & external oil tank

Fuel System
PDI (Direct Injection 350bar + Port Injection 6bar) (USA 5076 psi + Port Injection 87 psi)

Valvetrain & Timing
Double Over Head Camshaft with variable valve timing

Engine Width
1000 mm

Engine Height
650 mm

Engine Length
600 mm

Engine Mass (as per DIN GZ)
<220 kg (USA 485 lbs)

Emission Level
EU6D/China 6B/Ulev 70

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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