Mercedes-AMG will use this weekend’s 24-hour race at the Nurburgring to introduce its latest GT3 customer racer that adds a number of quality-of-life improvements for reduced running costs and more on-track time.
Under the long bonnet of the GT-based GT3 race car still sits a 6208cc (dubbed a 6.3-litres by Mercedes) naturally aspirated V8 engine, however the brand is touting less rebuilds of the powerplant due to longer running times.
Furthermore, a reworked front offers more protection for the radiator and a new integral beam better guards key parts such as the front axle and steering components in minor collisions, while the air filter is also easier to access than before.
The revised Mercedes-AMG GT3 wears an adjustable front splitter, rear wing and rear track rod, as well as new canards and rear apron for increased aerodynamic performance.
However, keen-eyed car-spotters may also recognise the updated head- and tail-lights that match the recently facelifted Mercedes-AMG GT road car upon which the GT3 is based.
A new automatic data logging and analysis system will also be included in the car, which according to Mercedes “allows for precise assessment whether and when parts actually have to be replaced” resulting in “no unnecessary expenses because of a too early replacement”.
Another new feature will be the ‘Drop Start’ function, which will automatically start the engine when the car is lowered from its in-built air jacks, eliminating the need for the driver to do so manually.
Brake and traction control systems have also been modified to suit the current generation of competition tyres.
For reference, the new GT3 wears 18-inch forged wheels with 325/680 and 325/705 rubber front and rear, while the brakes measure 390mm/355mm front and rear respectively.
Inside, the drinking system and steering wheel grips have been tweaked for more ergonomic use.
Safety systems in the GT3 carry over and include a high-strength steel rollcage, aluminium spaceframe, lightweight carbon seat with integrated headrest and safety hatch on the roof.
Deliveries for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 begin in late 2019 in time for the 2020 racing season, and start at €399,000 ($A651,057).
However, after selling more than 130 units worldwide of the first Mercedes-AMG GT-based GT3 from 2015, the German brand will also offer an update package that brings the old car’s specifications in line with the new racer for an undisclosed price.
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