The latest addition to the programme for Customer Racing Teams has been revealed in the form of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Set to make its public debut at the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring, the new GT3 offers lower running costs, improved dynamics and increased performance, handling and safety wrapped in a new design.
Based on the AMG GT R, the new GT3 swaps out the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine for a 6.3-litre naturally-aspirated V8 unit mated with the sequential AMG six-speed competition gearbox.
Importantly, a key development goal for the new GT3 was reducing the running costs which have been achieved by expanding the running time of the engine as well as integrating newly developed components. These components include a new front section which protects the radiator and a new integral beam which increases protection of the engine, front axle and steering among other things.
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 also includes a new front splitter, quick setting rear wing, air filter and rear track rod set up.
New automatic recording and analysis of the running time of vehicle components is possible in the new GT3 cutting down the workload for teams that would have carried out this recording manually. Teams can now have data recorded digitally and available in real-time. This allows for precise assessment of the car’s performance and more accurately determining when parts actually need to be replaced, there are no more unnecessary expenses because of a too early replacement.
For increased performance new features such as the optional Drop Start function are available. The brake system and traction control have also been further developed as has the adjustable competition ABS.
Safety equipment includes a roll cage made from high-strength steel, an aluminium spaceframe, a carbon seat with integrated headrest and a safety hatch in the roof. There are also optional additional lamps available which offer increased light output for better visibility.
Internally there is an optimised drinking system and rubberised steering wheel grip for enhanced control. Seat and helmet ventilation are on the options list.
All these improvements and new additions are complemented by the inclusion of design features including a new front apron, new flics, a new front diffusor and a new rear apron.
Deliveries of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 are expected to commence at the back end of 2019 ready to race in the 2020 season. Pricing for our European cousins starts at €399,000 ($A655,000) before taxes.
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