Mercedes-AMG has pulled the covers off its new GT3 race car… and it remains naturally-aspirated.
Despite being based of the new twin-turbocharged Mercedes-AMG GT road car, the GT3 version will retain the 6.2-litre atmospheric V8 currently used in the successful SLS AMG GT3. The new car will also retain the six-speed sequential gearbox, mounted in a transaxle arrangement. With reliability the key to endurance racing, the decision was taken to refine the existing engine to optimise performance and longevity. It also keeps costs down for the order bank of customer Mercedes-AMG GT3 clients.
The Mercedes-AMG GT3’s body has been widened and adorned with larger air intakes as well as the usual aero components including an impressive diffuser and rear wing.
Evidence of the new machine’s diet is shown in the expansive use of carbon fibre. The engine cover, doors, front wing, side skirts, body sidewalls, diffuser, boot lid and rear wing are all made of the stuff.
If you’re anything like us, the prospect of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 storming over Mount Panorama in 2016 is highly enticing.