Mercedes are showing off their spectacular Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Geneva in March after which it will battle out in one of the most fiercely contested customer racing series’. This new racer is based on the new Mercedes-AMG GT, not exactly a bad place to start when developing a track car. Following extensive testing of the GT3, it will be shipped to the first customer teams towards the end of this year.
“We are entering a hard-fought and hotly contested competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3.” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management for Mercedes-AMG. “The low centre of gravity, perfect weight distribution and good track width makes the AMG GT3 a great racing machine. This combination ensures high levels of traction, agility and lateral acceleration.”
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is an extremely aggressive looking machine, with it’s widened body, large air intakes and rear aerofoil, its only purpose is to attack a circuit. All these modifications are solely aimed at higher levels of performance and greater aerodynamics. The main body of the GT3 is a lightweight and very strong aluminium offering good protection for the occupant. The rest of the car is heavily made up from lightweight and very rigid carbon-fibre offering further protection and greater performance.
A further enhanced version of the AMG 6.2-litre V8 engine from the SLS AMG GT lives inside this new race-orientated machine. Long maintenance intervals, excellent reliability as well as low running costs makes this the engine of choice for the new customer sports model. This engine is teamed with a six-speed sequential racing gearbox mounted on the rear axle for optimum weight distribution. The GT and GT3 also share the same aluminium double wishbone suspension – accentuating how closely related the production and racing technology is at AMG.