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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino Scuderia View Post
    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.
    Explosive bolts in the hinges mean the doors come off the body and are easily slid out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IBrake4Rainbows View Post
    Explosive bolts in the hinges mean the doors come off the body and are easily slid out.
    I wonder how that works in the event the roof is bent in the hinge area before the door comes off.

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    out of interest, does the koenigsegg CCGT keep it's vertical doors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch-monkey View Post
    out of interest, does the koenigsegg CCGT keep it's vertical doors?
    No.

    Altough AFAIK it never raced either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    No.

    Altough AFAIK it never raced either.
    shame. possibly the same fate for this car, anything in the rules about doors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino Scuderia View Post
    I wonder how that works in the event the roof is bent in the hinge area before the door comes off.
    That, from what I understand, is the strongest part of the car.

    If that bends, I doubt the accident is survivable in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wouter Melissen View Post
    GT3 is not endurance racing.
    They can race at the Ring 24 hours though no?
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    What's the motive for all these companies to race GT3? It seems like they'd get more publicity if they stepped up to GT2 or 1 b/c then they'd go to Le Mans and Sebring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    No.

    Altough AFAIK it never raced either.
    has nothing to do with the doors, but with the fact that they have not and will produce enough cars to homologate it as a GT1. The car is ready, it is being used for demo runs with prospective customers for street models, but it will never race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobrafan427 View Post
    What's the motive for all these companies to race GT3? It seems like they'd get more publicity if they stepped up to GT2 or 1 b/c then they'd go to Le Mans and Sebring.
    Potential failure. In GT2 there are factory teams spending money to win and competition is close and hard fought. The chances of winning are slim and if you enter a works car and don't win it could be seen as negative publicity.

    In GT3 though, there are no works teams, at least from the big factories, and cars are campaigned by privateers. It doesn't matter if the car doesn't win because the factory wasn't directly involved. And on the other hand it's a perfect way to give your car racing pedigree on the cheap.
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    has nothing to do with the doors, but with the fact that they have not and will produce enough cars to homologate it as a GT1. The car is ready, it is being used for demo runs with prospective customers for street models, but it will never race.
    I knew it wasn't related to the doors, just gave it as extra info. What are the homologation requirements for GT1 cars by the way?
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    Just think it will undoubtly be the most fantastic car in GT3 tracks!!! it looks awesome!!! Great work Mercedes...just willing to see him roar in the track.

    Mercedes almost kept that one a big secret!!! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    I knew it wasn't related to the doors, just gave it as extra info. What are the homologation requirements for GT1 cars by the way?
    I was just reading this last night - let me see again.

    From the LMS website:

    The "Grand Touring" category features cars derived from models homologated for road use and which can be purchased. A minimum of 100 street legal samples must be built by the major car manufacturers and a minimum of 25 for the smaller makes. Easy identifiable by the public, the GTs deliver a top drawer level of popularity.
    So pretty lax to be honest - 100 seems to me a small amount.

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    for koenigsegg 100 seems like a lot though.
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    They are a small manufacturer, so they should only produce 25 cars.
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    oh right, but even so - would be a bit of a mission for koenigsegg to sell even that many, especially cars so focused.
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