First Victory Ever for Mercedes in Nürburgring 24 Hours Race
Mercedes scored its first victory ever at the famous Nürburgring 24 Hours. The No. 9 SLS AMG GT3 entered by Team Black Falcon obtained an overall win at the race. Behind the wheel were drivers Bernd Schneider, Jerome Bleekemolen, Sean Edwards and Nicki Thiim.
This marked the second 24-hour enduro win this year, after occupying the top step of the podium at the Dubai 24 Hours race. The SLS AMG GT3 managed to pass other favorite cars from Aston Martin and BMW. Along with being a very difficult race, this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours required teams to face extreme weather, thanks to rain storms and fog that shut the race down for 9 hours.
Along with being Mercedes’ first overall Nürburgring 24 Hours victory, it was also Schneider’s first win and the first-ever victory for a British driver.
Click past the jump for a video from the race and more details on the SLS AMG GT3.
The SLS AMG GT3 is based on the road-going SLS AMG and was first announced for the 2011 racing season. The model received a more aggressive appearance, including: a new front apron with a splitter; a bonnet with central cooling air vent; wider front and rear wings; side skirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes; a rear diffuser; and an adjustable rear spoiler.
Under the hood, the car keeps the same 6.3-liter V-8 engine as the standard version, but the output has been increased to more than 600 horsepower.