Mercedes-Benz has released preliminary details for the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series, which will represent Mercedes-Benz’s offering for an entry-level customer racing team with stripped out interior and optimised aerodynamics.
“The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series demonstrates our desire to further increase our commitment to customer motorsport. We are also seeking to offer interested customer teams a competitive, near-standard racing car with excellent level of safety in the popular four-cylinder segment,” says Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Mercedes-Benz says technical specifications will vary depending on the race series and rules, with the engine’s output and gearbox settings tuned to suit the race. The new race-spec suspension comes with wider front and rear tracks, while the suspension level, spring rate and damper characteristics are all adjustable, as are the track and camber at the front and rear axles. The AMG high-performance braking system with ventilated discs all-round is equipped with an anti-lock system.
To reduce weight, several body panels have been swapped with lighter carbon fibre panels, including front and rear apron, side sill panels and flared wings. In addition, treadles racing tyres ensure an impressive width.
Inside, there is a roll-over cage made of high-strength steel, carbon fibre P 1300 GT racing seat from Recaro, prepared for the HANS system (Head and Neck Support), and an integrated fire extinguishing system. Finally, there is a racing steering wheel with shift paddles.