Mercedes-AMG GT3 details unveiled

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Ahead of its full unveiling next week, at the 2015 Geneva motorshow, Mercedes-AMG has released further details about the SLS AMG GT3’s replacement.

Simply dubbed the Mercedes-AMG GT3, the new car is based on the all-new GT roadcar, and makes use of that car’s aluminium spaceframe chassis. But where the all-new racer differs, is in it’s choice of powerplant. Whilst the roadcar makes use of a downsized 4.0 V8 bi-turbo unit, the GT3 competition car retains the race-proven SLS AMG’s 6.3-liter V8.

The GT3 also retains the standard car’s rear transaxle mounted six-speed sequential gearbox and double-wishbone aluminum suspension, in a move AMG states ‘demonstrates how closely linked regular production technology and racing technology are at AMG’.

The GT3 will make its global debut finished in matt-finished ‘designo selenite grey magno’, offset against a bright yellow livery. The GT3’s widened body, houses revised design details such as the larger air intakes, a rear diffuser and rear spoiler.

“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.

Developed to comply with the FIA’s GT3 race rules, AMG states that the car offers ‘cutting-edge racing technology and spectacular design’, which will ‘predestine the new challenger for victories.’

Following an intensive test and development phase, the new AMG racing car will be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of 2015.

More in-depth technical details of the GT3 are expected at the car’s unveiling next week.

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