The SLS AMG GT3 took third place in its first attempt in the 24-hour Dubai race the past weekend. A total of 84 cars competed in the 24-hour Dubai race held at the 5.39-km Grand Prix circuit of the Dubai Autodrome. More than 350 drivers from 20 nations took part in the long-distance race. The private Black Falcon team completed 594 laps, finishing with only four laps behind the winner. The gullwing, the No. 7 car, was driven by Thomas Jager, Jan Seyffarth, Kenneth Heyer, and Sean Paul Breslin.
Uli Fritz, head of AMG Customer Sports, said that its win in the Dubai 24-hour race proves that its customer sports program is on the right track for 2011 with the SLS AMG GT3.
Fritz also said that it won’t only be team owners and racing drivers who will be able to drive the gull-winged model. He revealed that AMG customers and fans will also get the chance to know the car at first hand through the AMG Driving Academy. He proceeded to thank the two customer teams, Black Falcon and Heico Motorsport, who raced its three vehicles in Dubai.
Deliveries for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 will start at the last day of February 2011, after FIA homologation. When the three SLS AMG GT3 units showed up in the Dubai whole day race, the development as well as testing program came to an end, the way it was planned.
After the homologation and the performance balance was specified by the FIA worldwide governing body for automobile organizations, the delivery of the SLS AMG GT3 will begin. It will sell for € 334,000 Euro (net)/€ 397,460 (inclusive of 19% VAT). The customer vehicles started to be produced at the end of December 2010. From the start, SLS AMG GT3 has been incorporated into the AMG Driving Academy AMG Driving Academy customers will be able to use the SLS AMG GT3 while racing at special events in 2011.
This concept will allow the SLS AMG GT3 vehicles to be used exclusively for those in the MASTERS skill level, which entails the highest level of driving skills. By means of such events, the AMG Driving Academy is giving enthusiasts an opportunity to directly participate in a motor racing event under high safety standards.
The racing counterpart of the gull-winged car conforms to FIA GT3 near-series standards. The racing edition of this gull-winged car has been designed to be a customer sports car that participates in short and long-distance events in compliance with FIA GT3 near-series guidelines.
It was made lightweight all throughout and its chassis was optimized while the brake system and aerodynamics enhance its driving dynamics. The AMG has a 6.3 liter V8 front-mid engine that has dry sump lubrication.
Its maximum power output is specified by the FIA based on the balance of performance. This intends to guarantee a level playing field for vehicles that will participate in the race. The vehicle will be classified and its kerb weight will be specified during the spring of 2011.
The solution by which the eight-cylinder engine has been built-in at its lowest as a front-mid engine at the back of the front axle and joined with a transmission on the rear axle, results to a low center or gravity and a favorable weight ratio.
Configuring the transaxle helps improve traction and handling. The six-gear racing transmission is attached to the V8 engine that has torque resistance and high bending with the help of a torque tube. It has a lightweight aluminum chassis that has double wishbones and a steel racing brake system that has racing ABS, making it perfect to perform for a race circuit.