Mercedes unleashes racing SLS AMG GT3
Exclusively, Mercedes-AMG has unleashed a GT3 version of its highly regarded dream vehicle – the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The all-new racing gullwing blends an extraordinary stellar design with the latest innovations from the motor sports world. Fully engineered to comply with the exacting GT3 specifications of FIA, the newly developed AMG racing sports ride is scheduled for market launch in the autumn of 2010.
Volker Mornhinweg, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH says…"Thanks to uncompromising lightweight construction and superior handling dynamics, the SLS AMG provides an outstanding basis for a highly competitive racing car. This exciting GT3 version is our response to strong customer demand for a car designed for these attractive motor sports series. Once again, it demonstrates AMG's huge experience gained in more than 40 years of motor sports, and its great expertise in the development of unique high-performance cars."
For reaching the monstrously-high aerodynamic figures of a real GT3 racing ride, the SLS AMG's body has been highly re-modified. It boasts new front apron with splitter, bonnet with huge central cooling air vent, wider front and rear wings, wider wheel arch air vents, sideskirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes, rear diffuser as well as adjustable rear aerofoil. All these new fittings ensure a low drag coefficient and maximum downforce – while guaranteeing effective cooling of thermally highly stressed components.
The maximum output values of the mighty AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid power unit will be calculated by FIA with dry sump lubrication on the "Balance of Performance" principle. This is intended to ensure that all the racing cars taking part have an equal chance. The classification process, during which the kerb weight is also determined, will be completed in 2010. Power transmission in the GT3 variant is by a sequential six-speed racing transmission with steering wheel shift paddles and an integrated multi-disc locking differential. As in the standard SLS AMG, the transmission is located at the rear axle: the engine and transmission are connected by a torque tube within which a carbon-fibre shaft rotates at the engine speed, as in the roadgoing version.