Mercedes-Benz has released images of their latest race car treatment to their SLS AMG line of cars. The GT3 modifications are being released to commemorate Mercedes 1952 victory at the Carrera Panamericana with a modified 300 SL. The GT3 will be sold in very limited quantities and only to specific customers, therefore no price has been released. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3 will debut at the New York Auto Show, perhaps with a price tag attached for the elite to ogle.
It’s obvious from the photographs that the SLS AMG GT3 is a race bred monster. The creation team itself have countless years experience within the racing community. Mercedes AMG division have been working with HWA, which over look the German Touring Car racing operations, to bring the GT3 to life. The GT3 has been designed to meet or exceed all FIA regulations, so it will be track ready off the manufacturing line.
The most obvious change to the SLS AMG will be the aerodynamics package, which give the GT3 it’s race car looks and obligatory over sized spoiler. Every part has a purpose on a race car and it’s no different with the GT3, which is capable of taking advantage of the down force created by such a body kit. Woven throughout the hood, fenders, and body panels are vents and ducts to keep the driver and engines cool under heavy load. Improvements not available in the road going SLS and what will make the GT3 a collectors dream.
Inside the engine bay Mercedes-Benz has utilized the SLS’s 6.2 liter V8. The road car’s engine has been heavily modified, although engine torque and horsepower specifics have not been released. According to FIA GT3 rules there will be limits that will dictate what type of performance numbers the SLS AMG GT3 can ouput, to remain qualified for FIA racing standards. The rules are called “Balance of Performance”, which will help insure an even playing field on the track.
Like the exterior of the GT3, the interior has been completely reworked and stripped down. Expect little creature comforts and more performance driven amenities, a number of which are dictated by the FIA rules for safety. A racing steering wheel, roll cage, fire extinguisher, and a plethora of buttons and switches outfit the cockpit. The GT3 also comes with only a drivers seat, so no taking laps around the track with your friends, unless they are setting on the tool box.
Expect more details and images to come out of the New York International Auto Show, scheduled for April 2nd through the 11th.