|Starting in March, the Mercedes AMG GT3 is scheduled to make its anticipated debut in customer racing series. The Mercedes AMG GT3 race car is also slated for debut at the Geneva Motor Show.|
Developed to comply with the GT3 race rules, the race car features cutting-edge racing technology and a much desired design motif. The new GT3 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT, which is being launched in just a few days’ time. Following an intensive test phase, the new AMG racing car is on tap to be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of the year.
In looks, the Mercede AMG GT3’s paintwork in designo selenite grey magno covers the muscular contours like a second skin. The widened vehicle body, the large air intakes, the diffuser and the huge rear aerofoil all signal a desire to attack. Every modification to the bodywork has been made for the purpose of maximising power output and aerodynamic performance.
As in the road going version, the vehicle structure of the GT3 consists of a very lightweight yet extremely rigid aluminium spaceframe, offering outstanding protection for the driver. The driver is further protected by the 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.
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is expected to blaze new trails, thanks to its low center of gravity, perfect weight distribution and wide track width. For this layout guarantees precise cornering properties, high lateral acceleration, first-class agility, a high level of traction and low inertia when having to change direction fast.
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, excellent 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 variant. The six-speed sequential racing gearbox for the GT3 is mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle, thereby facilitating optimum weight distribution. The double-wishbone suspension setup, made entirely of Aluminium, also plays a major role in the near-perfect handling of the Mercedes AMG GT3.