Mercedes-AMG has introduced its new Mercedes-AMG GT3. A consequence of further development of the Affalterbach-brand’s customer racing car, the GT3 has undergone numerous optimizations as well as new looks. Developed to further contribute to lower running costs for customer teams, the car made its public debut at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.
The concept of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing has always stood for well-engineered race cars. The SLS AMG GT3, with which the program started back in 2010, combined design with high-quality racing technology, while the Mercedes-AMG GT3 that launched in 2015 set a benchmark in terms of performance, safety, reliability, handling and ergonomics.
Based on its predecessor, the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 aims to improve on the known qualities the 2015 model. Reduced running costs are achieved by expanding the running time of the engine. As a result, rebuilds of the AMG 6.3-liter atmospheric V8 engine are required less frequently.
Integration of newly developed components has also had a positive effect on the costs. An improved front section of the car protects the radiator more effectively and a newly developed integral beam raises the protection level of the engine, front axle and steering.
The new GT3 also comes with a range of improvements to make work for engineers and mechanics easier. This includes a front splitter that can be adjusted quicker and a quick setting for the rear wing. Further time-saving potential comes from a new air filter that is easier to access and the general reduction of screw connections.
Mercedes-AMG has also introduced a system that allows automatic recording and analysis of the running time of vehicle components, making the tracking process easier, quicker and safer. This allows for precise assessment when parts need to be replaced.
For maximum driver support, the brake system and the traction control were developed further as well. The adjustable competition ABS has now been tailored to suit the specifications of the current generation of competition tires even better. The optimized traction control lets the Mercedes-AMG continuously act at the grip limit with more sensitivity, saving the tires while ensuring maximum power.
In the cockpit numerous new details have been tweaked with driver performance in mind, from the drinking system and the rubberized steering wheel grip to the optional seat and helmet ventilation.
Moreover, the ergonomic advantages of the GT3 that are known remain in place. This includes controls that are intuitive and easy to reach and a central console that is tilted toward the driver, together with fluorescent labelling for optimal night operation.
Revised components largely mark its updated appearance. A new front apron, new flics, a new front diffusor and a new rear apron provide functional advantages. The wind tunnel tested modifications enhance both downforce and drag and thus improve the aerodynamic performance.
Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG customer racing, said, “Developing a worthy successor for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 that has been so successful is by no means an easy task. With the further development, we want to underline our claim to be the leader. Many of the innovations that we are realising in the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 have resulted from the good and close co-operation with our teams. We are certain that we are meeting exactly the requirements of our clients with our new offering.”
Following an intense test and trial phase, delivery of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 to the teams will start at the end of 2019.