Mercedes-AMG will unveil its latest surprise for the 2015 motorsport season at the Geneva Motor Show – the V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GT3. Developed and built to comply with the FIA's GT3 race rules, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be delivered to first customer teams at the end of 2015. This racing vehicle is derived from the Mercedes-AMG GT that will be launched in just a few days.
It provides promising prospects for customer teams, as it was derived from the proven and tested excellent racetrack performance of the standard GT. The standard Mercedes-AMG GT is the ideal basis for the GT3 racing model, thanks to its low center of gravity, perfect distribution of weight and wide track width.
This means precise cornering properties, high lateral acceleration, first-class agility, a high level of traction and low inertia -- attributes necessary for gaining top placements. Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, remarked that the high technological standard and fair race rules are spurring the company on “to push to take pole position” with its new customer racing car – Mercedes-AMG GT3.
The new racing car features matt paintwork in designo selenite grey magno. It also features a widened body, large air intakes, the diffuser and the huge rear aerofoil. Just like the road-going version, the GT3 boasts of a structure consists of a very lightweight yet extremely rigid aluminum space frame, which should provide excellent protection for the driver.
Driver protection is further enhanced by its carbon-fiber seat pan and an integral roll-over cage made from high-tensile steel. Mercedes-AMG was able to further trim the GT3’s weight by making these parts -- engine cover, doors, front wing, front and rear aprons, sidewalls, side skirts, diffuser, boot lid and rear aerofoil -- made from lightweight yet high-strength carbon-fiber.
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is powered by the improved AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine seen on the SLS AMG GT3. This high-revving naturally aspirated engine boasts of low running costs, user-friendly technology, excellent reliability and long maintenance intervals. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential racing gearbox, which is mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle. [source: Daimler]