Mercedes-AMG launched the 2015 motorsport season earlier this year with the scream of a high-strung V8…yep, the wicked matte grey GT3 you see here. Mercedes-Benz, already recognized for some of the most refined and luxurious cars on the planet, is now extending their reach globally in motorsport. Making it’s debut at the Geneva Auto Show, this maniacal AMG GT-based race car, coined the GT3 — presumably due to the fact that it is FIA GT3-compliant — will be seen in the most competitive race series around the world.
The all-new Mercedes-AMG GT3 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe, launched earlier this year as a 2016 model. Although the GT3 must first undergo further testing, race teams should be able to get their hands on one by the time you are reading this. Like Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, and other manufacturer’s that have created GT3 cars based on their street cars, the stock Mercedes-AMG GT is an exceptional platform with it’s 47/53 weight distribution, lower center-of-gravity, and wide stance. As a result, the car has superior handling characteristics, lateral acceleration, and traction.
Just to make sure it’s not all go and no show, it seems the boys in Stuttgart figured, since most colors had already been done, to set this car off, it needed something different — like matte grey paint (designo selenite grey magno, to be exact). We happen to agree. The paintwork enhances the wide fenders and sleek profile by the the way the light is reflected. The wide body, large openings, aggressive rear diffuser, and daunting rear wing expel any doubt that this car was built for anything other than taking names.
Therefore, to that end, the six-speed sequential gearbox for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is mounted in a trans-axle configuration (rear axle), for optimal weight distribution. And the double-wishbone suspension is manufactured almost entirely from aluminum.
The GT3 was designed from the ground up with handling, performance, and safety in mind. Starting with the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine borrowed from the outgoing SLS AMG GT3, to the aluminum space frame and structurally-sound carbon fiber seat pan, to the integrated steel roll cage. If the photos and details above don’t already have you scheming on ways to create your own “customer team,” then we should point out, to further reduce weight, Mercedes was generous with the carbon: engine cover, side doors, front wing and splitter, front and rear aprons, sides, side skirts, rear diffuser, trunk lid, and rear wing.