Mercedes-AMG has fully revealed its GT3 racer that will debut at the Geneva
Motor Show next month.
Developed to comply with the FIA's GT3 race rules, the racing car will compete next season in the world's most hotly contested customer race series. The new GT3 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT and will be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of 2015.
"We are entering a hard-fought and hotly contested competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The high technological standard and fair race rules are spurring us on to push to take pole position with our new customer racing car. You can only give credible proof of your ambition to lead if you're beating the very best in the game," commented Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 features a matt paintwork in designo selenite grey magno, widened vehicle body, large air intakes, rear diffuser and huge rear aerofoil. Every modification to the bodywork has been made for the purpose of "maximizing power output and aerodynamic performance", according to the German car maker.
As in the roadgoing version, the vehicle structure of the GT3 consists of a very lightweight aluminum spaceframe. The driver is further protected by the resilient carbon-fiber seat pan and an integral roll-over cage made from high-tensile steel. In order to reduce the vehicle weight further still, the engine cover, doors, front wing, front and rear aprons, sidewalls, side skirts, diffuser, boot lid and rear aerofoil are all made from particularly lightweight yet high-strength carbon-fiber.
V8 6.3-Liter Engine from SLS AMG
Powerful acceleration is ensured by the seasoned and now further enhanced AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine taken from the SLS AMG GT3. User-friendly technology, reliability, long maintenance intervals and the high-revving naturally aspirated engine with low running costs made it the engine of choice for the new AMG customer sports model. The six-speed sequential racing gearbox for the GT3 is - as is the case in the standard GT - mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle, thereby facilitating optimum weight distribution. They also have double-wishbone suspension - made almost entirely from aluminum - in common.