The Mercedes AMG GT3 has officially broken cover ahead of its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Developed to comply with the FIA’s GT3 race rules, the new GT3 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT. Powered by an enhanced version of AMG’s 6.3-litre V8 engine taken from the SLS AMG GT3, the engine is said to provide excellent reliability, long maintenance intervals and low running costs, making it an ideal choice for the new AMG sports model.
“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.
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.
Even at a standstill, the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the embodiment of undiluted power. Its matt 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 signalise 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 resilient carbon-fibre seat pan and an integral roll-over cage made from high-tensile steel. In order to reduce the vehicle weight further, 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.
The first customer teams will receive their AMG GT3 at the end of 2015 following an intensive test phase.