The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG went on sale last week but today Mercedes unveiled a new variant called the GT3. It’s a racing version of the SLS designed strictly for motorsport. The GT3 variant will be completed in time for the ‘11 racing season. The car is developed and produced by AMG in close cooperation with HWA AG. HWA is responsible for the DTM racing team on behalf of Mercedes-Benz Motorsports. The HWA team is one of the most successful in international motorsports with nine driver championships in the DTM and ITC, as well as two championship titles in the FIA GT Championships.
The new SLS AMG GT3 is wider and lower than the regular SLS. The main focus when modifying the body was on aerodynamic performance with a new front splitter. The hood has a central cooling air vent. The front and rear spoilers are also wider. To cool the brakes, the side skirts feature new cooling ducts while a smooth underbody with a rear diffuser and the adjustable rear aerofoil reduces drag. All these features ensure a low drag coefficient and maximum downforce.
Although not finalized, the FIA will determine the maximum output of the AMG 6.3 liter V8 front-mid engine. The wheels are located by a double-wishbone suspension of forged aluminum at the front and rear. Adjustment facilities for the springs and shock absorbers, the suspension height, the stabilizers, the track width and camber allow an individual setup for the racetrack.
Rack-and-pinion steering with a more direct ratio and speed-sensitive servo assistance make for agile handling. Behind the central-locking AMG light-alloy wheels, composite steel racing braking system with racing ABS ensures outstanding stopping power.