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carreragt10 03-23-2010 06:12 PM

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 (C197) 2010-
 
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Hot on the heels of leaked images showcasing AMG’s Mercedes SLS GT3, Mercedes today has officially unveiled the model along with its list of attributes. According to the Mercedes, the SLS AMG GT3 has been designed to comply with the GT3 specifications of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), and it’s aimed at customers competing in sprints and long-distance races. It will be powered by AMG’s 6.3-liter V8 (not the new 5.5-liter V8 as previously thought), with total output to be determined by the FIA. Exterior enhancements include a new front apron with a splitter, a new bonnet with a central cooling vent, wider front and rear wings, side skirts with integrated cooling vents for the rear brakes, a smooth underbody and a rear diffuser with adjustable rear aerofoil (among other things).

Inside, a steel rollover cage has been added to increase driver safety while reinforcing the aluminum spaceframe. Racing bucket seats with a six-point seat belt and HANS system, a new central display and an open-top steering wheel with gearshift paddles are a few of the other interior additions, while a double-wishbone suspension system, a rack-and-pinion steering with a more direct ratio and speed-sensitive servo assistance and a a composite steel racing braking system with racing ABS all aid in the SLS GT3’s handling characteristics.

Commenting on the Mercedes SLS GT3, Volker Mornhinweg, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH had this to say: “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.”

To see more of the Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3 and view its complete list of features, you can view the official press release and full photo gallery immediately below. And a special thanks to Autoblog for providing some of the photos.

[B][url=http://www.emercedesbenz.com/autos/mercedes-benz/sls-amg/mercedes-benz-sls-amg-gt3-makes-its-world-debut/]Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Makes Its World Debut | eMercedesBenz[/url][/B]

carreragt10 03-23-2010 06:14 PM

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Dino Scuderia 03-23-2010 06:59 PM

Didn't see this one coming.

RacingManiac 03-23-2010 08:26 PM

Looks nice, but IMO needs more fender flare vs the width of the rear wing...

IBrake4Rainbows 03-23-2010 10:55 PM

Want.

cargirl1990 03-23-2010 11:24 PM

Looks awesome but it has too much going on. The wing is huge but I guess your gonna need all that downforce for a car like that.

Ferrer 03-24-2010 03:54 AM

Endurance racing seem to have lots of interesting contenders lately. When will they put it on the telly on a regular basis?

henk4 03-24-2010 04:02 AM

[quote=Ferrer;931189]Endurance racing seem to have lots of interesting contenders lately. When will they put it on the telly on a regular basis?[/quote]

Motors TV had full coverage of Sebring last weekend

Ferrer 03-24-2010 04:09 AM

Don't get that unfortunately. I did, but a couple of years ago it disappeared and I've never seen it again... :(

However, sometimes we get GT3 races in some sports-related TV channels in the satellite TV, but I've only ever seen one race. Sometimes it's difficult to catch them if you don't when are they going to be on.

henk4 03-24-2010 04:14 AM

[quote=Ferrer;931193]Don't get that unfortunately. I did, but a couple of years ago it disappeared and I've never seen it again... :(

However, sometimes we get GT3 races in some sports-related TV channels in the satellite TV, but I've only ever seen one race. Sometimes it's difficult to catch them if you don't when are they going to be on.[/quote]

first step: Check with your provider, or look for alternative providers. A station does not "disappear"

NSXType-R 03-24-2010 04:24 AM

How much lighter would it have been if it had had conventional "doors"?

The original Gullwing had them because it was required. These doors have been put it because it was desired. Form should not follow function. As much as I understand this model was made to commemorate the original Gullwing, I don't like it.

It certainly looks cool though.

henk4 03-24-2010 04:25 AM

[quote=NSXType-R;931196]How much lighter would it have been if it had had conventional "doors"?

The original Gullwing had them because it was required. These doors have been put it because it was desired. Form should not follow function. As much as I understand this model was made to commemorate the original Gullwing, I don't like it.

It certainly looks cool though.[/quote]

GW doors work much better with driver changes...

Dino Scuderia 03-24-2010 04:30 AM

[quote=henk4;931197]GW doors work much better with driver changes...[/quote]

Unless you roll the car onto it's roof.

I wondered about how one would escape the road car in such a situation when I was admiring the car at Amelia.

Wouter Melissen 03-24-2010 04:34 AM

[quote=Ferrer;931189]Endurance racing seem to have lots of interesting contenders lately. When will they put it on the telly on a regular basis?[/quote]

GT3 is not endurance racing.


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