Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing unveil the SD GT3 boat

Article by Christian A., on February 15, 2016

For the sixth consecutive year, Mercedes-AMG joins Cigarette Racing in presenting the Cigarette Racing Team’s 41’ SD GT3 boat which got its inspiration from the Mercedes-AMG GT3 racecar. This would be Cigarette Racing Team’s most powerful “open performance” boat and will be on display alongside the Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Mercedes-AMG has always been known for stunning designs, highly-advanced racing technology and high-performance cars. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the pinnacle of this racing car heritage and was built to comply with FIA’s GT3 race rules.

The GT3 racecar is based on the older Mercedes-AMG GT S which has the perfect qualities required in a GT3 race: low center of gravity, ideal weight distribution and ample track width. These layout characteristics in the GT S gave the new GT3 racecar its awe-inspiring racing performance today which is characterized by a controlled and accurate and cornering, impressive lateral acceleration, agility, good traction and the ability to rapidly change direction due to its minimal inertia, that it went on to set a new benchmark for its segment.

These GT3 capabilities gave its driver an advantage no matter what the racing situation may be, making it possible for the car to enter the top ranks. An enhanced AMG 6.3 liter V8 engine from the SLS AMG GT3 gave the Mercedes-AMG GT3 the necessary power to conquer the road and overwhelm its rivals.

This particular engine proved to be the perfect choice for the GT3 due to its low running costs, fewer maintenance, reliability and user-friendly technology. Transmission for the GT3 is a six-speed sequential racing gearbox in a transaxle configuration on the real axle which also resulted to an optimal weight distribution.

This high performance car uses a double-wishbone suspension made of aluminum for its strength and low weight. Commenting on the collaboration with Mercedes-AMG in the launching of its premium boat, Skip Braver, President and CEO of Cigarette Racing Team said that his company is thrilled to have partnered with the Mercedes-Benz performance brand again for this year.

This is especially significant because the new powerboat is the fastest open performance center console powerboat yet to be produced by his company. Braver added that the 41’ SD GT3 shows the brand’s commitment to innovation and craftsmanship, which are likewise the hallmarks of the Mercedes-AMG performance group.

The modern boat seamlessly combines the next generation Garmin and Cigarette navigation and audio systems using a user interface technology made more convenient and accessible with Bluetooth, computerized controls and three high-definition 17” displays.

The two legendary brands’ partnership began in 2007 which at first was a means of organizing joint customer and marketing activities for both their products. Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing share a similar goal and that is to deliver the ultimate in performance.

Like Mercedes’ world renowned cars, Cigarette’s 30’ to 50’ long powerboats are considered the world’s fastest and most exclusive boats. They are handcrafted and tested in the most extreme sailing scenarios that, aside from the difference of one being land and the other on water, both companies have victorious racing pasts and are dedicated to excellence in their respective areas.

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Two legendary brands will unite once again at the Miami International Boat Show on February 11, 2016. Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing join forces for the sixth consecutive year to present the Cigarette Racing Team 41' SD GT3 boat inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT3 racecar. As the most powerful "open performance" boat ever produced by the Cigarette Racing Team, the 41' SD GT3 marries the characteristic styling and thoroughbred motorsport technology of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 that will be on display alongside it.

Cutting-edge racing technology, awe inspiring performance and stunning design are all hallmarks of the Merecdes-AMG brand. Developed to comply with the FIA's GT3 race rules, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 competes in the world's most hotly contested customer race series. The GT3 racecar is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT S, which launched in the U.S. in April 2015 and established a new benchmark in the segment. The Mercedes-AMG GT S provided the ideal prerequisites for the GT3 racing model with its low centre of gravity, perfect distribution of weight and wide track width. This layout guarantees precise cornering properties, high lateral acceleration, first-class agility, a high level of traction and low inertia when having to change direction fast. On the different race circuits, all of these attributes give the driver the advantages necessary to achieve top placements.

Powerful acceleration in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is ensured by the seasoned and now further enhanced AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine taken from the SLS AMG GT3. User-friendly technology, excellent reliability, long maintenance intervals and low running costs made this high-revving, naturally aspirated engine the ideal choice for the new AMG customer sports model. Like the 7-Speed AMG SpeedShift Dual Clutch transmission in the GT S, the six-speed sequential racing gearbox in the GT3 is mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle, thereby facilitating optimum weight distribution. The two high-performance models also have double-wishbone suspension that is made almost entirely from aluminium in common. These solutions once again demonstrate how closely linked regular production technology and racing technology are at AMG.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Mercedes-Benz performance brand again this year to design our fastest open performance center console powerboat yet," said Skip Braver, President and CEO of Cigarette Racing Team. "The 41' SD GT3 embodies our brand's commitment to innovation and craftsmanship and once again shows the strength of our collaboration with Mercedes-AMG."

Powered by 2 Mercury Racing 1100hp Engines

The Cigarette Racing Team 41' SD GT3 is powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1100 HP engines with NXT6 Drives. The 41' long and 11' beam boat is able to achieve an estimated prop limited top speed of more than 100 mph with a focus on big water performance and weight of just over 20,000 lbs.

Design, Fittings and Cockpit with Signature AMG Elements

The design and fittings reflect the dynamic characteristics of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The handcrafted interior and exterior, featuring matte components, a complete teak wood floor and a full extreme marine grade leather interior - a first for Cigarette – was designed by Gorden Wagener and his team.

"Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are known for iconic products," said Gorden Wagener, Head of Design Daimler AG. "Designing the 41' SD GT3 we used some unexpected design elements from our Mercedes-AMG GT3 to create another racing icon, the most powerful "open performance" boat ever produced by the Cigarette Racing Team."

User interface technology is also maximized with Bluetooth, computerized controls, three high-definition 17" displays, and the next generation integration of Garmin and Cigarette navigation and audio.

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing began their collaboration partnership in 2007, primarily for organizing joint customer and marketing activities. Whether on land or water, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are united by their focus on delivering the ultimate in performance. Similar to its Mercedes-AMG super sports counterpart, the 38' to 50' long powerboats from the American specialists are among the world's fastest and most exclusive machines. These boats feature custom-made, handcrafted quality for enthusiasts and are tested under the most extreme conditions. Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing share similar DNA makeups: both companies have triumphant racing roots and are still dedicated to this passion.

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