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.