Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 at the New York Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Mercedes-Benz unveiled at the New York Auto Show the brand new SLS AMG GT3, a racing version of the gullwing model. The new SLS AMG GT3 pays tribute to the 300 SL racing sports car of 1952 which first established the "gullwing" legend who won the legendary "Carrera Panamericana" long-distance race.

The new racing car comes with a completely new body kit consisting of a new front apron with larger air intakes, new side sills and an impressive rear spoiler to generate extra downforce.

As prescribed by the FIA GT3 rules, the car features the same AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine found on the production version but thanks to its lower weight, the GT3 version will be faster comparing to the standard car (the SLS AMG can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds while the top speed exceeds 300 km/h).

Unlike the standard model, the SLS AMG GT3 has the engine mated to a six-speed racing transmission with sequential gear-changes. Also, we find a new braking system which ensures short braking distances, outstanding fade-resistance and great sensitivity.

The size 12 x 18-inch (front) and 13 x 18-inch (rear) AMG light-alloy wheels with central locking are shod with racing tyres in size 287 x 682 mm (front) and 315 x 708 mm (rear). Depending on the conditions, untreaded slicks, intermediates or rain tyres are used. Inside, we will not find the impressive interior found on the SLS AMG, because the GT3 version reveals a functional interior with a racing car atmosphere.

The drivers is seated in a racing bucket seat and his safety is assured by a six-point seat belt and the HANS system (Head and Neck Support), which fixes his helmet in a defined position during an accident to minimise the risk of injury.

A rollcage was also installed as well as a new racing steering wheel with a diameter of 330 millimetres. The deliveries of the new SLS AMG GT3 will start in spring 2011 while interested customers are able to order the new car from autumn 2010. No words about the price yet!

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