Mercedes AMG GT3 has been officially unveiled toward its world première at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show a few days ahead. The Mercedes AMG GT3 has been developed to comply with the FIA’s GT3 race rules and will be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of 2015.
The GT3 racecar is based on the road going Mercedes AMG GT, which already provide ideal prerequisites for the GT3 racing model. “The standard Mercedes-AMG GT already provides the ideal prerequisites for the GT3 racing model, with its low centre of gravity, perfect distribution of weight 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.”
In order to lose weight and gain in performance, Mercedes made severe changes in its car… The Mercedes AMG GT3 has an aggressive and extreme design –as any other GT3 car– boasting a huge front spoiler, cannards, new rear diffuser and an enormous rear spoiler to increase downforce and, consequently, improving handling on track.
The Mercedes AMG GT3, such as the road going version, has a structure built in very lightweight yet extremely rigid aluminium spaceframe. “The driver is further protected by the resilient carbon-fibre seat pan and an integral roll-over cage made from high-tensile steel.”
Thinking about 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-fibre.
Unlike the Mercedes AMG GT, which is powered by a AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, the Mercedes AMG GT3 is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine derived from the SLS AMG GT3. As the standard road model, the track-focused uses a six-speed sequential racing gearbox mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle, thereby facilitating optimum weight distribution. They also have double-wishbone suspension – made almost entirely from aluminium – in common.
“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.