Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12

Celebrated car designer Frank Stephenson has penned some of the worlds most iconic cars. One such stand out among many is the mighty Maserati MC12. Often misjudged as being just a Ferrari Enzo with a different body and a Trident badge, the MC12 was significant as it signaled Maserati’s return to competition racing.

Developed as the halo car for a resurgent Maserati, the MC12 was launched in 2004 and was built on the successful Ferrari Enzo platform. Just 50 examples were created between 2004-05, making them one of the rarest Italian supercars of all time. The proven foundation of the Enzo allowed Maserati to further enhance the overall package, creating a luxury supercar that could not only match the iconic Enzo, but also brought Maserati much success on competition circuits around the world.

In a new video, Frank shares some fascinating insights about how the design for the MC12 came about. Plus he highlights some of his thought processes when laying down the shape for a sports car that had to be developed for both racing and for the road. All whilst sketching out an MC12 using just a ball point pen on a white sheet of A4 paper. This is automotive design at its purist.

Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12

Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12

Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12

Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12

Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12



Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12

Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12

Frank Stephenson on designing the Maserati MC12

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