The AMG Customer Sports involvement keeps growing continuously: the latest element is the development of a race car to GT4 regulations. At the occasion of the end-of-season celebration 2016 last weekend, Mercedes-AMG gave customer teams and drivers a first preview of the new Mercedes-AMG GT4 race car.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R that was presented this year is the basis for the development of the new race car. The top athlete in the Mercedes-AMG portfolio has excellent characteristics for motorsport purposes. Like with the AMG GT3 race car, particular user-friendliness and an excellent level of safety will be highly important goals during the development process of the new member of the AMG motorsport family.
The Mercedes AMG GT-R features a front-mid-engine concept with transaxle and twin-turbo V-8 engine, rated at 430 kW/585 hp, as well as an extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and an intelligent lightweight construction. These features attribute to an especially dynamic driving experience.
The AMG GT R’s 585hp 4.0-liter V8 engine can sprint from standstill till 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, while achieving a top speed of 318 km/h (198 mph).
The AMG GT-R’s front fascia with active elements, coupled with large rear aerofoil and rear fascia with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip. in addition, the lightweight forged wheels shod with cup tyres as standard are likewise designed for maximum driving dynamics. The same applies to other new features such as the active rear-wheel steering, the nine-way adjustable traction control system and the adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of #mercedesamg GmbH, stated, “The development of the AMG GT4 is another important step in the continuing expansion of our Mercedes-AMG motorsport program.”
“The excellent feedback of our Customer Sports teams concerning the AMG GT3 and the increasing interest for GT4 race cars strengthened us in our decision. We are delighted to address an even larger target group of amateur and professional drivers and teams in the future with it,” he added.