It’s the Mercedes AMG GT3 – Be Afraid!

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The Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer has been revealed prior to its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next.  The car has an angry look to it so beware!  The GT3 will race in the FIA GT3 Championship.

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Many changes have been made to the car.  Power for the new race car comes from the same 6.3 liter V8 engine as 2010’s SLS AMG GT3, which produces around 600bhp.  The engine is connected to a six-speed sequential transmission.  The sports car will be displayed in matt grey at the Geneva Motor Show.  The new model has a widened body, large air intakes at the front, a new diffuser and a prominent rear spoiler.  This will allow the car to corner precisely, accelerate quickly through turns, maintain high levels of traction and minimize inertia when changing direction.

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Racing modifications include a stripped out interior and an integrated steel rollcage.  Measure have been taken to minimize weight which include replacing the standard engine cover, doors, front wings and aprons, side skirts, diffuser and boot lid with new elements made from carbonfibre.  Double wishbone suspension has also been fitted.  The aim is to reduce weight b 80-100 kg.

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“We are entering a hard-fought, hotly contested competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3.  The high technological standards 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,” said Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers.  The target for the car, said Moers, is a package that excels in every area.  “I don’t want to make a dragster that’s only good for doing 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.8 sec.  We need more power, less weight, better aerodynamics and different suspension, but the targets should be the power-to-weight ratio, driveability, lap time and tremendous feel.”   The car is expected to be shipped to customers at the end of 2015.