Italian luxury carmaker Maserati has revealed Nettuno, an engine that adopts F1 technology for a road car! What’s more exciting is that this engine has been developed entirely in-house.
Nettuno is the core of the much-awaited MC20 super sports car, which is slated for a world premiere in September.
The unit was designed at the automaker’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 at Viale Ciro Menotti.
The new power unit is a 3-litre, 6-cylinder twin-turbo, which features a dry-sump (a classic solution on super sportscars). It delivers 630horsepower at 7,500rpm and 730 newton-metres of torque from 3,000rpm. With a specific power output of 210 PS/litre, the engine can rev up to 8,000rpm.
This twin-turbo engine is the first new engine developed by Maserati in 20 years. Its three most important features include:
Pre-chamber: A combustion chamber that is set between the central electrode and the traditional combustion chamber and 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): It is linked to the fuel supply pressure at 350bar, lowers emissions and improves fuel consumption.
This new engine and its technology derived from Formula 1 is a technical revolution for the Italian giant.