On the eve of the 2017 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off its latest competition car that will see action in global racing events starting from 2018.
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is based on the AMG GT R road car and has been made to meet the requirements of international GT4 race series, combining fully matured racing technology with high level of safety.
Joining the Mercedes-AMG GT3, which has been lining racing grids since 2016, the AMG GT4 now expands AMG’s Customer Racing Programme with another vehicle category, with the first Mercedes-AMG GT4 Racing Team delivery at the end of 2017.
“The GT4 segment is getting more and more popular. The production-based concept is an important factor, especially when you want to get started in motorsport as a team or as a driver. For some teams, the GT4 category also serves as a sensible addition to their existing involvement in GT3, for instance to support young drivers,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“For us as a manufacturer, GT4 competition is a logical next step to extend our Customer Racing Programme. After the achievements in GT3 racing, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is opening another valuable platform for us to prove our competence as a globally successful sports car and performance brand. There is no doubt that we will once again be setting new benchmarks in the segment with the latest member in our Customer Racing Programme.”
The boom of the GT4 class was initiated in Europe and is reflected in a rapidly increasing number of opportunities for competition, be it with exclusive GT4 formats or as separate vehicle categories within various series or events.
With the Mercedes-AMG GT4, the company is looking for success in key global racing events including the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge and the Pirelli World Challenge in the US, the Blancpain GT Series Asia in Asia and the Australian GT Trophy in Australia.
In its native Germany, the VLN endurance racing championship and the Nürburgring 24-hours are the designated highlights for the new race car from Affalterbach. The GT4 European Series Northern Cup and the GT4 European Series Southern Cup are dedicated international GT4 series. The 24H Endurance Series also provides a large international platform for GT4 competition.
The AMG GT4 is powered by a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine producing 375kW and 600Nm. It drives the rear wheels through a six-speed AMG competition gearbox with mechanical (adjustable) differential and magnesium casing.
Mercedes-AMG GT4 Technical Specifications
|Engine||AMG 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine|
|Output||up to 375 kW (510 hp)|
|Max. torque||up to 600 Nm|
|Drive||to the rear wheels;|
transaxle construction: front engine, gearbox on the rear axle, linked by a torque tube
|Gearbox||Sequential six-speed AMG competition gearbox with mechanical (adjustable) differential and magnesium casing;|
shift paddles on the steering wheel
|Bodywork||Aluminium space frame;|
rollcage of high-strength steel;
bodywork with carbon elements
|Safety||Carbon driver safety cell according to latest FIA regulations;|
incl. customisable seat padding and integrated headrest;
extrication hatch in the roof;
powerful competition fire extinguishing system
|Suspension||Aluminium double wishbones front and rear,|
shock absorbers with adjustable rebound and compression
|Electronics||Motorsport electronics with new torque control;|
optimised driver aid systems; AMG TRACTION CONTROL, competition ABS, Race-Start-Control; service-friendly durable motorsport wiring
|Steering||Electro-mechanical power steering|
|Brakes||Competition brake system with adjustable ABS;|
ventilated composite brake discs;
6 pistons front, 4 pistons rear;
diameter front 390 mm
diameter rear 355 mm
|Wheels||AMG light-alloy wheels, 11×18“, forged|
|Tyres front / rear||305/660-18 / 305/680-18|
|Weight||approx. 1390 kg|
|Length/ width / height||4,618 mm / 1,996 mm / 1,265 mm|
|Wheel base||2,630 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||120 l (motor sport safety tank)|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||under 4 s|
|Top speed||over 250 km/h|
|Retail price||198,850 Euros (excluding VAT)|