Mercedes-AMG has some big news for the 2015 motorsport season. Here is the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, developed to comply with the FIA’s GT3 race rules based on the Mercedes-AMG GT, which is being launched in just a few days’ time.
Compared to the road gong car the track-only race car has gone through an extensive diet and features a stripped interior with carbon-fibre seat pan and an integral roll-over cage made from high-tensile steel.
The engine cover, doors, front wing, front and rear aprons, sidewalls, side skirts, diffuser, boot lid and rear aerofoil are all made from carbon-fibre.
Other aerodynamic updated include a ventilated bonnet, carbon fibre flics, a rear diffuser and a big rear wing.
Another big change is compared to the road going model is under the bonnet. While the standard car is using a new twin-turbo V8, the GT3 spec car is powered by an enhanced AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine taken from the SLS AMG GT3.
The naturally aspirated V8 is linked to a six-speed sequential racing gearbox mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle. There is double-wishbone suspension made almost entirely from aluminium just as in the road car.
The new AMG racing car will be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of 2015.