Mercedes will be entering this year’s 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) with a special edition SLS AMG GT3. This special edition will be donning a look inspired by the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG with which Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz achieved a class victory and overall second place 40 years ago.
The special Black Falcon SLS AMG GT3 will be distinguished by a red paint finish, the start number 35, and special sponsor stickers that will give it the exact same look as the legendary 300 SEL 6.8 AMG. The car will be driven by Kenneth Heyer (31, Wegberg), Thomas Jäger (34, Munich), and Stéphane Lémeret (37, Ophain-Bois-Seigneur-Isaac, Belgium).
Kenneth Heyer said: "It’s a great honour, exactly 40 years after my father’s success, for me to be bringing the Black Falcon SLS AMG GT3 to the starting line of the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps. Together with my team colleagues, I will be trying to achieve at least second place. The car will no doubt attract plenty of attention in the line-up with its look reminiscent of the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, but naturally the focus will be on a good racing performance. The SLS AMG GT3 has the potential for a place on the winner’s rostrum, but as we all know, a 24-hour race obeys laws of its own."