Launched at the 2014 Paris Motor Show for the 2015 model year, the GT is the second sports car developed entirely by

AMG, after the SLS AMG. Although some saw it as a spiritual successor of the SLS AMG and the SLR McLaren before that, the Mercedes-AMG GT marked the beginning of a new era for the German carmaker. While the SLR and the SLS each battled for supremacy in the super-GT category, the Mercedes-AMG GT is aimed at lighter and smaller sports cars, with the Porsche 911 firmly in its sights. The latest full-blown AMG model also introduced a different exterior design language, a new interior styling philosophy and a brand-new engine that’ll eventually make it across the entire AMG lineup. Output sits at 503 and 456 horsepower, respectively, for the GT S and GT models, with more oomph to be available once the Black Series model arrives in 2017. Meanwhile, the expansion is set to continue in 2016 with a track-exclusive GT3 model, which should also spawn a road-going version to battle the Porsche 911 GT3.

As the name suggests, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 replaces the company’s current GT3 racer, which is based on the SLS AMG and was the first from the so-called "Customer Sports" program. Although the road-legal sports car has been discontinued for the 2015 model year, the track-prepped version will continue to race throughout 2015 with official factory support. From 2016 onward, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 will step in as the brand’s main weapon in FIA-spec championships such as the Blancpain Series and the Pirelli World Challenge.

Updated 03/03/2015: The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 made its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and will be offered to customer teams in early 2016.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

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Update History

Updated 02/27/2015: Mercedes-AMG dropped the official details on its new racing car: the GT3. Continue reading to learn that the new version brings new over the old SLS AMG GT3.

Updated 02/12/2015: With about one month before its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes dropped the first two teaser images on its future AMG GT3 - the second customer sport car to be developed by Mercedes-AMG. Click past the jump to see the new teaser images.

Updated 02/20/2015: Mercedes dropped a new teaser image for the upcoming AMG GT3, this time revealing the front of the new race car. Check it out after the jump.

Updated 01/22/2015: We created a very cool rendering for the future Mercedes-AMG GT that might help you make an idea on how the car could look like when it will be unveiled 2016. Details after the jump.

Teaser Images

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In developing our rendering we took inspiration from the SLS AMG GT3 and other FIA-GT3 racing cars. We made the body sit lower to the ground and then added a huge rear wing, bigger racing slicks, redesigned side vents and intakes, a completely redesigned hood with larger intakes and vents, a tow hook and a pair of air flow deflectors before each front wheel.


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Significantly wider than its road-going counterpart, the GT3 features comprehensive aerodynamics that include wider fenders, redesigned front bumper and hood, new side skirts, a menacing rear diffuser, and the mandatory massive rear wing

Visually, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is everything I expected it to be: a souped-up AMG GT packed with all the goodies necessary to turn a sexy road car into a full-fledged track-burner. Significantly wider than its road-going counterpart, the GT3 features comprehensive aerodynamics that include wider fenders, redesigned front bumper and hood, new side skirts, a menacing rear diffuser, and the mandatory massive rear wing.

Up front, only the headlamps, the Mercedes-Benz badge and the overall shape of the hood have been retained from the road car. The front grille has been enlarged, reshaped, and fitted with vertical slats, while the wide inlet below now sports a different mesh and a carbon-fiber surround. The splitter stretches from one side of the bumper to the other, complemented by two pairs of upswept canards. The massive vent sculpted into the hood and the gills adorning the muscular wheel arches round off the GT3’s intimidating appearance. Definitely an image no driver would be comfortable with in his rearview mirror.

The rear fascia is equally menacing, mainly thanks to its huge carbon-fiber wing and wide diffuser. The taillights appear to be stock, but not the apron or the exhaust outlets, which have been repositioned under the doors. Speaking of which, the GT3’s doors are narrower than the road car’s, primarily to make way for the larger side skirts that incorporate both the exhaust pipes and the cooling vents for the rear brakes. The profile also showcases new side mirrors and lightweight rims wrapped in race-spec tires.

Naturally, most of the GT3’s body panels are made from carbon fiber, making the GT3 significantly lighter than the GT. The lightweight yet high-strength panels are finished in a matte Selenite Grey Magno paint from the Designo palette, with yellow stripes running across the hood, roof, trunk lid and doors. The same bright yellow was used on the front canards, side mirrors, rear wing, and the tires for added contrast. Of course, this livery is only for the official presentation, with each team to dress their GT3s accordingly.


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The interior’s overall layout is the same as its road-going counterpart, including the swooping dashboard. The switchgear and information displays, on the other hand, have been drastically updated for better driver engagement. Gone is the standard gauge cluster, replaced with the color race display Mercedes calls the Digital Display Unit. It provides vital stats like speed, engine rpm, operating temperatures, lap times, current gear selection, and an up-shift indicator. The steering wheel is also a race-spec, getting the function-key wheel with paddle shifters and controls all within the driver’s hands. Functions include the buttons for the two-way radio, headlamp flasher, and drink function.

Mercedes-AMG has put a lot of attention into safety. The roll cage is constructed of high-strength steel that’s bolted to the car’s aluminum spaceframe. Attached to that is the GT3’s single, hard-shell, carbon fiber bucket seat. Locked in its position, the seat is mounted in the safest location within the roll cage while the steering wheel and pedals move fore and aft to accommodate different drivers. The seat incorporates the Head and Neck Support, or HANS, restraint system and a six-point harness with reinforced anchor points. A driver escape hatch is built into the roof.


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At the heart of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the 6.3-liter V-8 also found in the old SLS AMG GT3. Mercedes says the naturally aspirated mill was chosen for its “user-friendly technology, excellent reliability, long maintenance intervals, and low running costs.” It does come as a surprise the new 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 isn’t used, but it likely boils down to that engine’s unproven record in endurance racing.

The high-revving 6.3 engine utilizes a dry sump oil system to keep parts lubricated during hard cornering and to allow the engine to sit low within the chassis.

Unfortunately, Mercedes is still withholding the engine’s power output. It’s likely Mercedes is still waiting on FIA to complete its inspections before announcing anything official. Each car in the series must conform to a specific power-to-weight ratio, so the GT3’s final horsepower output will depend on its weight.

If history tells us anything, the engine will crank out slightly less than 500 horsepower. That’s considering the old SLS AMG made 500 horses for its 2,910-pound curb weight. The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 should weight a little less that SLS, so horsepower must fall as well.

The engine is mated to a six-speed transaxle mounted between the rear tires for better weight balance. A torsionally rigid torque tube connects the engine and transmission with the driveshaft spinning inside. Both are made from carbon fiber for reduced weight and added structural strength.

Suspension and Brakes

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The GT3 uses the same suspension components as its street-going brethren. The double-wishbone A-arms and other parts are made almost exclusively from aluminum. Adjustable shocks allow race teams to dial in precise tuning for specific racetracks, including the springs and dampers, suspension height, track, and camber.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 uses a direct-ratio rack-and-pinion steering system that is servo-assisted. This gives the driver precise control and excellent feel.

Bringing everything to a stop are racing brakes. Designed to be resistant to fade, the brakes incorporated composite construction and feature pads that are easily replaced during an endurance race. Adjustable ABS keeps tires from locking up and the system from being overactive. What’s more, the GT3 features a pneumatic jacking system with plungers at each corner. This allows all four tires to come off the ground at once, making pit stops extremely efficient.


McLaren 650S GT3

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It’s hard to believe the Mercedes-AMG GT could compete against the more powerful and lighter McLaren 650S, but this is where FIA’s regulations for the GT3 class come in. With relative limits set for horsepower and weight, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 can be as quick as McLaren’s new sports car. Developed as a replacement for the iconic 12C GT3, the GT3 racer is based on the street-legal 650S and set to hit the tracks in 2015, a year earlier than the AMG GT3.

Just like the 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 uses the company’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine found in its road-legal sibling. The mill has been detuned to crank out 493 horsepower, which travel to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission. The exterior of the 650S GT3 features an aggressive and aerodynamic body kit, while the interior is updated to meet the FIA’s latest safety requirements.

Audi R8 LMS Ultra

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The R8 LMS Ultra is the most popular choice among GT3 competitors and the car to beat in both Europe and the U.S. Based on the road-going R8, the LMS Ultra is the lightest and most powerful version of the German supercar. It is also the quickest of the pack, thanks to its lightweight body shell and extreme aerodynamics. A race-spec version of Audi’s 5.2-liter, V-10 engine motivates the LMS Ultra, with 562 horsepower routed to the rear wheels through a six-speed, sequential gearbox.

A host of race-bred systems and electronics also enable the LMS Ultra to tackle twisty tracks at high speeds and win competitions such as the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series. No fewer than 12 teams have used the R8 LMS Ultra throughout the 2014 Blancpain Endurance and Sprint seasons.

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

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Just like the McLaren 650S GT3, the Huracan is also a newcomer to the series, likely to join both the Blancpain Series as well as the Pirelli World Challenge. Very little is known about the Huracan GT3 as of November 2014, but expect this race-bred Lambo to resemble the Huracan Super Trofeo. An aggressive front bumper with a large splitter, new side skirts, a large rear diffuser, and a massive rear wing will set it apart from its regular sibling.

Inside, the Huracan will ditch its familiar stock interior for a host of racing equipment with emphasis on FIA’s GT3 safety regulations. The same 5.2-liter, V-10 engine will roar under its hood, but with less horsepower at its disposal, as per FIA requirements. This shouldn’t make it less quick though, as the GT3 will be lighter and more aerodynamic than the standard Huracan.

Mercedes SLS AMG Racing History

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The GT3-spec race car of the SLS AMG was launched in 2010 and made its debut in the VLN Nurburgring Endurance Championship. It won its first race in October 2011 and in 2012 it triumphed at the 24 Hours of Dubai. The sports car was also entered in the Australian GT Championship by Erebus Racing, winning the prestigious Bathurst 12-Hour race. The SLS AMG GT3 reached yet another milestone in 2013, when it won the 24 Hours of Spa, bringing Mercedes its first victory in the race since 1964.

In 2014, the SLS AMG competed in the Blancpain Endurance Series, the Blancpain Sprint Series, and the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge. The coupe is set to continue throughout 2015 and beyond, with Mercedes-AMG to supply spare parts and service support to any team that uses the SLS.

GT3 racing aside, the SLS AMG was also used as a Formula One official Safety Car for five consecutive seasons between 2010 and 2014. Also, the all-electric SLS AMG E-CELL was raced in the Paul Pietsch Classic and the Silvretta EV race in 2011.


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Ever since Mercedes-AMG committed to its Customer Sports program in late 2010, the SLS AMG GT3 has managed to achieve almost 200 victories, some of them being hardcore endurance races, with 2014 alone bringing six titles in different championships. The car will keep getting factory support as it prepares to hand over the reign to the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer, which obviously has some pretty big shoes to fill. Taking into account that the GT and GT S use most of the underpinnings of the SLS AMG anyway, there shouldn’t be any reliability problems. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 should be ready for its first victory in 2016, and in some championships it may be even accompanied by old SLS AMG GT3 models, so it will be interesting to see which one will be the better race car. For now, it’s quite obvious that the Mercedes-AMG GT3 wins the battle in the looks department.

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Press Release

New AMG racing car for customer sport: Mercedes-AMG GT3 as the challenger
To coincide with the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-AMG is presenting its very latest racing car: the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. Meeting the FIA’s GT3 race rules, it will compete in the world’s most hotly contested customer race series. This successor to the successful SLS AMG GT3 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT, which is shortly due to be launched to the accompaniment of outstanding reviews in the motoring media. Cutting-edge racing technology and the spectacular design predestine the new challenger for victories. With its clear commitment to international motor sport, the sports car and performance brand within Mercedes-Benz is once more demonstrating its development expertise for complete vehicles. Following an intensive test phase, the new AMG racing car is to be delivered to the first customer teams by the end of 2015.

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Motor sport and Mercedes-AMG are inseparable entities: competition on the racetrack is deeply ingrained in the DNA of AMG, and constantly drives the team in Affalterbach on to achieve top-class performance. In no other customer race series of the world is there so much variety as in those held according to the FIA’s GT3 rules. They attract the entire international sports car elite to the starting line. The mixture of demanding sprint races and legendary endurance classics around the globe constantly confronts the teams with new challenges.
"We are entering a hotly contested and strongly occupied competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The high technological level and fair race rules motivate us to be right up in the front rank with our new customer racing car," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "Our standard version of the AMG GT is already aimed specifically at the fiercely contested sports car segment. We are now systematically continuing this strategy on the racetrack as well. Only those who win against the best can substantiate a claim to leadership."
The spectacular design and cutting-edge technology of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 will make their mark in customer sport, and the high racetrack performance of the standard GT already provides the best possible basis for this. The development team also had the benefit of the experience gained from the successes of the SLS AMG GT3. This first customer sport racing car from AMG, which celebrated its debut in 2010, has had an impeccable career with 187 victories, and was able to win the "Grand Slam" in 2013: the four endurance classics in Dubai, Bathurst, at the Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps.

Sheer emotion and sheer power
The design lines of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 say everything about the character and ambitions of this racer: make way for a car that is primed for the attack, and wants only one thing, namely to win. Its matt paintwork in designo selenite grey magno covers the muscular contours like a second skin. As an alluring contrast, yellow exterior highlights create sophisticated effects in counterlighting. From whatever the viewing angle: this racing car from Affalterbach already makes a mighty impression at standstill, and embodies sheer power.
The widened body, the large air inlets, the diffuser and the enormous rear aerofoil – numerous features from motorsport give the Mercedes-AMG GT3 a decidedly dynamic appearance. At the same time it avoids any sign of unnecessary showmanship: all modifications to the body are in the interests of maximum downforce and aerodynamic efficiency, for best results on the racetrack. The specially incorporated features also improve the effective cooling of components subject to high thermal loads.

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Front end with new "Panamericana" radiator grille and "shark nose"
The new "Panamericana" radiator grille is particularly noticeable when viewed from the front. Its design with vertical chrome struts is reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing sports car. In 1952 this won the famous "Carrera Panamericana" endurance race across Mexico. With this modern reinterpretation of a classic design, Mercedes-AMG is paying respectful homage to its illustrious racing antecedent. Its victories are both a powerful incentive and an obligation to strive for peak position once again.
The three-dimensionally formed Panamericana radiator grille is more convex at the top than at the bottom – designers refer to these proportions as a "shark nose". It is particularly recognisable from the side, and gives the Mercedes-AMG GT3 a combative demeanour. The shape of the Panamericana radiator grille opens out downwards, suggesting the stylised "A" that is typical of the front end in AMG cars. The lower air inlet above the large front diffuser is likewise A-shaped. The carbon-fibre front diffuser transitions into a smooth underbody to produce hefty downforce together with the rear diffuser and rear aerofoil. Special cooling ducts in the front apron ensure efficient cooling of the front brakes, which are particularly subject to high thermal loads when racing.

AMG Lightweight Performance: carbon-fibre and aluminium spaceframe
To keep the vehicle weight as low as possible, the body is mainly of carbon-fibre: the bonnet, doors, front wings, front and rear aprons, side walls, side skirts, diffuser, boot lid and rear aerofoil are made from this particularly lightweight yet extremely strong material. As in the roadgoing version, the vehicle structure of the GT3 consists of a likewise extremely lightweight yet rigid aluminium spaceframe. With numerous detailed improvements, systematic implementation of the "AMG Lightweight Performance" strategy has resulted in an even lower kerb weight than that of the SLS AMG GT3.
Flics mounted on the sides of the front apron generate downforce at the front axle, as do the so-called "louvres", the wheel arch air vents at the top of the front wings. On each side, the wider body compared with the standard version of the AMG GT3 creates space for the wide track of the double wishbone axles and 45.7 cm (18-inch) light-alloy wheels with centre locks. An air inlet on the left and right shoulders ahead of each rear wheel conducts the necessary cooling air to the transmission at the rear axle. The standardised connection for the fast-fuelling system is located in the C-pillar, where it is ergonomically ideal for the pit crew.

Maximum downforce and aerodynamic performance
A large, central aperture in the bonnet has the appearance of a gaping mouth. Its purpose is to expel large volumes of air warmed by the cooling module. Behind the front wheels there are noticeable wheel arch air vents which likewise conduct away warm air. Air inlets ahead of the rear wheels assist cooling of the rear brakes. Directly in front of each one is an exhaust tailpipe – it is from these scarcely muffled "sidepipes" that the typical AMG eight- cylinder sound thunders. Music to the ears, not only of hard rock enthusiasts. Below the side skirts, the smooth underbody ensures an efficient airflow beneath the vehicle.
Extremely wide and sporting its large rear aerofoil, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 also cuts an impressive figure from the rear. Maximum downforce at the rear axle and high aerodynamic performance are ensured by the multiply adjustable rear aerofoil and the prominent diffuser. Large apertures in the rear apron expel the warm air from the rear wheels.

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Naturally aspirated, high-revving AMG engine as a well-proven power unit
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine, with additional improvements for the new racing car, ensures the fulminating power already familiar from the SLS AMG GT3. Low operating costs, long service intervals, the user-friendly technology and, not least, the great reliability of this naturally aspirated, high-revving AMG engine were the reasons for staying with this concept for the customer sports segment. Dry sump lubrication obviates the need for an oil sump, allowing the V8 engine to be installed low down in the chassis and well behind the front axle.
As is usual for the standard production engines, the racing engine also has an AMG engine badge bearing the signature of the technician who assembled it: Production of the V8 engine is a manual operation following the traditional "one man, one engine" principle applied in the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach. Naturally these AMG engine specialists are particularly proud to be assembling engines that are used to compete on legendary race circuits.
The sequential six-speed racing transmission of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is mounted at the rear axle (transaxle concept), and connected to the engine by a torsionally rigid torque tube. A drive shaft rotates at the engine speed inside the torque tube. Both components are of lightweight carbon-fibre. A multi-disc locking differential integrated into the transmission acts together with the adjustable traction control to ensure that the engine power is optimally transferred to the racetrack during acceleration. The driver shifts the six gears using two steering wheel shift paddles. Gearshifts are performed by pneumatic actuators which are likewise integrated into the transmission.

Double wishbone suspension of aluminium
Like the roadgoing version, the GT3 has a double wishbone suspension made almost completely of aluminium. This solution once again demonstrates how closely regular production and racing technology are linked at AMG. The same applies to the vehicle concept, with a low centre of gravity, perfect weight distribution, long wheelbase and wide track. This layout guarantees precise self-steering characteristics, high lateral acceleration, first-class agility, high traction and low inertia during fast changes in direction. On the different race circuits, all of these attributes give the driver the advantages necessary to achieve top placements.
For their individual, circuit-specific setup, customer teams are able to precisely set the springs and dampers, stabilisers, suspension height, track and camber. The servo-assisted, direct ratio rack-and-pinion steering likewise contributes to agile handling. The development team paid particular attention to the vehicle’s predictable handling and good controllability at the critical limits. In these respects the SLS AMG GT3 has already scored top marks from racing drivers all over the world.
Neither did the AMG engineers accept any compromises when it came to the brakes: Good deceleration is ensured by a fade-resistant and very effective steel racing braking system with composite technology and adjustable racing ABS. Rapidly replaceable brake linings reduce idle time during endurance races. The pneumatic jacking system with four plungers integrated into the underbody allows fast pit stops and tyre-changes.

Major focus on functionality and safety
Functionality and safety are dominant features in the cockpit of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. In addition to high passive safety standards, ergonomics was very high up in the list of development specifications. A clearly laid-out interior, ergonomic access to the controls and good ventilation to ease driver stress are very important aspects during sprints and endurance races.

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The cockpit layout is basically the same as that of the roadgoing sports car: the low, sloping dashboard resembles a powerful wing, and emphasises the width of the car. Numerous controls are arranged in the prominent centre console, whose shape is reminiscent of an NACA air intake, e.g. the main switch, the switch activating the ignition and the starter button for the V8 engine. A manual brake balance adjustment is located next to the rotary switch for traction control and ABS. Reverse gear and the fire extinguishing system can also be activated on the centre console.

Adjustable racing steering wheel and pedal cluster
The quick-release racing steering wheel eases access and egress. Like that of the pedal cluster, its position is adjustable within a wide range for rapid adaptation to different sizes of driver. As only the steering wheel and pedals are adjusted, but not the seat shell, the car’s centre of gravity and therefore the wheel load distribution always remain the same. This safeguards the setup during endurance races, where up to four different drivers often take the wheel. It also ensures that each driver is seated in the safest position within the confines of the rollover cage. Ergonomically arranged shift paddles allow gear changes without the driver’s hands leaving the wheel – a further safety aspect. The driver is able to activate the two-way radio, headlamp flasher or drink function using keys on the steering wheel.
The central display is optimally positioned in the driver’s field of vision. The so-called DDU (Digital Display Unit) provides all relevant information such as road speed, engine speed, operating temperatures, lap times, current gear and upshift indicator. A function key on the steering wheel is also used to switch between the information shown by the colour display.
Seat shell of carbon-fibre, rollover cage of high-strength steel
The safety concept of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 translates the exemplary safety level of the roadgoing GT to the racetrack. The development focus was on the greatest possible driver safety. One of the central elements of this philosophy is the carbon-fibre seat shell for the driver, which has a specially developed structure providing much greater protection than a conventional racing seat. The already well-proven concept of the SLS AMG GT3 was further optimised and adapted to the current FIA requirements.
Thanks to its special shape, the safety cell bolted to the rollover cage and aluminium spaceframe provides a high level of protection for the driver’s shoulders, pelvis and legs, and it is also compatible with the HANS system (Head and Neck Support). The HANS system helps to prevent serious head, neck and spinal injuries, and is mandatory in many race series. The seat shell is individually foam-padded for every driver, features a six-point seat belt with reinforced anchorage points and provides an outstanding level of occupant protection.
Additional protection is ensured by the rollover cage of high-strength steel, which is bolted to the aluminium spaceframe and helps to rigidify this even further. It too was optimised for easier access and egress by the driver. An escape hatch is integrated into the roof, so that the driver can be rapidly rescued in an emergency if e.g. no access is possible via the doors. For reasons of balance, the carbon-fibre safety fuel tank is located directly behind the passenger cell and features an inner sac of elastic rubber.

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Production at the Affalterbach plant
Production is in close cooperation between Mercedes-AMG GmbH and HWA AG, at the Affalterbach plant. A long-standing motor racing partner of Mercedes-Benz, HWA AG is one of the most successful teams in international motor sport: in total, the team won ten driver’s titles (DTM and ITC) and three team titles for Mercedes-Benz and as such is the most successful team in the history of the DTM.

Deliveries to commence at the end of 2015
2015 will be devoted to the development and intensive testing of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The objective is to deliver a mature and reliable high-performance product to the AMG customer teams. Racing drivers Bernd Schneider, a long-standing Mercedes-Benz works driver and AMG brand ambassador, and Thomas Jäger, AMG customer sports coordinator, will take turns in the cockpit. They have supported customer teams as AMG pool drivers since 2010, and have meanwhile achieved numerous victories. In the summer the new GT3 racing car will be on the starting line in test races for the first time. Deliveries of the first customer vehicles are planned for the end of this year, so that customer teams can take to the starting line in early 2016. This is when the Mercedes-AMG GT3 will also impress with its ease of maintenance and extended service intervals.

187 wins since 2010, victory in eight endurance races in 2013
AMG and HWA will continue to provide their highly professional services in Affalterbach, and also replacement parts support at the racetracks, for customer teams still using the SLS AMG GT3. The gullwing racing car has notched up a total of 187 victories since the start of the AMG customer sports programme in 2010. In 2013 alone it won eight endurance races, among them a "Grand Slam" with four prestigious overall victories in Dubai, Bathurst, at the Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps. The 2015 motor sport season has also begun with a fitting success: a double victory for the SLS AMG GT3 in the 24-hour race in Dubai.

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