Mercedes-AMG finally races along with other car manufacturers in the GT4 category. Since there’s an increasing trend for this segment, we think they’ve made it just in time along with Ford, Porsche, McLaren and also BMW.
Even if it comes a little late, the new GT4 racer will be based on the Mercedes-AMG GT-R that was revealed earlier this year. Mercedes-AMG’s GT4 racecar is currently in the works and is expected to apply the road-going GTR’s engineering and design standards.
The picture already looks impressive. With its large wing, wheels out stance, big vents along the hood and highly distinctive aerodynamics design, the AMG GTR definitely looks menacing the first time we saw it. Even so, AMG revealed that they have designed the GT4 to be safe and easy to use.
According to Mercedes AMG’s statement, their newest “top athlete” will be designed with the highest level of “user friendliness” and safety in mind as with any AMG products they have developed.
The regular GT-R as we know uses a 577hp 4.0litre V8 biturbo engine and weighs a total of 1554kg. Though no words are given out on the exact figures, the GT4 racer will be a lot more different. In fact, most of the details are still hanging, as it wasn’t stated in the press whether it would be using the GT3’s 6.2 litre V8 or the road car’s engine.
From what we know, the track-ready 4.0 litre with twin turbochargers can produce 700Nm of torque output and can speed off from 0-100km/hour in as short as 3.6 seconds. Plus, it boasts a top speed of up to 318 kilometres per hour.
Whatever the case may be, Mercedes did the right thing to boost its global presence in motorsports. The new AMG GT3 is expected to launch in the US next year and will be taking part in the IMSA WeatherTech series. In partnership with Riley Motorsports, AMG will compete for the two-car team after successfully competing in endurance racing in Europe.
Of course, the GT4 “competition” also heats up after McLaren, BMW and Ford came up with their own GT4-spec racers. Its rivals include McLaren’s 570S, BMW’s M4 and the Ford Mustang among many others.
Tobias Moers, Mercedes AMG chairman explained how the development of the GT4 is considered a significant step for them to carry on with the expansion of their motorsport program. The overwhelming feedback that they had been receiving from the Customer teams on the AMG GT3 not to mention their growing interest on GT4 racing have helped them arrive to this decision.