The Mercedes-AMG GT3, which promises to be Mercedes’ answer to the calls of the FIA GT3 racing class, has been anticipated for quite some time. However, only just now did the first photos of the racecar hit the web.
French car website Le Point leaked the first images of the car. Le Point also suggested that the car would feature a 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V12, instead of the 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 known to the road car. While this may well be true, it seems counter-intuitive to add a larger engine and more weight, when the car needs to lose 800 lbs. in order to meet GT3 regulations. Also worth mentioning is that the power output of the 4.0 fits perfectly within the 500 and 600 hp power limit interval set by the FIA for GT3 racing. However, we’ll have to wait until the car’s full reveal to see for certain.
With the AMG GT3 due to hit the track for the first time in 2016, this means that the outgoing Mercedes-AMG SLS GT3 will get a few more laps around the grid next year, before driving off into the sunset. Actually, even though the next generation of AMG racacars is arriving, this probably won’t mean an immediate end for the SLS. Being very popular and employed by no less than 40 teams around the world, the SLS will likely soldier on for a few more seasons, with Mercedes-AMG already pledging to retain support and parts manufacture for the immediately foreseeable future.
In addition to bringing the AMG GT to the FIA GT3 class, which will include the Blancpain Endurance Series, Mercedes-AMG is also launching a one-make series to center around the car. Starting for next season, the series will be called the AMG Customer Sports Championship and will feature the SLS GT3 for the inaugural season, but will switch to the the AMG GT3 for all subsequent seasons. The series begins on December 1st of this year and will run until November 30, 2015.
With the entry of the Mercedes AMG GT into motorsports, some might have been fearing that the road going side of the Mercedes operation would be left out. However, this would be a mistake. In addition to a Black Series version of the car, an appropriately named GT3 version of the AMG GT will be brought to market. Featuring substantial weight reduction with the use of carbon fiber components, a better aerodynamic profile, and a power upgrade to the aforementioned 550 horsepower, the road-going GT3 variant of the car will be among the quickest available under the AMG label.