The tests held at Imola Circuit on 26-27 March officially opened the 2011 Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC season. 33 drivers got to know the new Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo. The car boasts several technical changes: the engine and transmission software have been updated, the power upped by 38 bhp to give a total of 488 bhp and gear changes can now be made in 60 ms. The brakes and aerodynamics have been modified to boost performance on the track. Changes have been made for the 2011 eight-round calendar with the introduction of two shorter 30 minutes races (the first two) and two final events of 50 minutes each. Five rounds will maintain the standard format of two 40-minute races. The shorter rounds will see 80% of the points assigned whereas the longer ones, which include the obligatory pit stop, 120%. The opening round will be held at Imola on 1 May on a GT Open weekend.
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