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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Year 2010
Engine 6.3 litre V8
Transmission 7-speed, dual-clutch RWD
Max speed -
0-60 mph -
Horsepower -
weight -

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is one of the biggest supercar releases of the past year. But the company isn't content with just making ultra luxurious supercars for the rich and well dressed, they also plan on releasing a fully homologated GT3 race version for the gentleman racer.

The GT3 racing version of the SLS AMG is powered by the same mid-front mounted 6.3 litre V8 engine as the road car. There'll probably be a few modifications for the race unit, but Mercedes haven't yet announced final power outputs or specifications. Or even a final weight figure. That's all for the FIA to decide in the near future as part of the homologation process.

Power transmission in the SLS AMG GT3 is done through a six-speed sequential racing transmission with steering wheel shift paddles and an integrated multi-disc locking differential. As in the SLS AMG road car, the transmission is located at the rear axle for better weight distribution: the engine and transmission are connected by a torque tube within which a carbon-fibre shaft rotates at the engine speed.

The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 is instantly recognizable as belonging to the SLS AMG family - as any GT3 racer is. The biggest visual changes are a new front apron, new splitter, redesigned bonnet with additional air intakes and vents, new sideskirts which have air inlets for cooling the rear brakes, rear diffuser and a prominent adjustable rear wing. The C-pillars provide housing for the standardized filler pipes for the fast-refuel system.

As you'd expect the interior of the SLS AMG GT3 is far more functional than the inside of the road car. It features a steel rollover cage which not only ensures the driver's safety, but also adds additional reinforcement to the aluminium spaceframe. The driver gets a racing bucket seat and a six-point harness with HANS system for head an neck support. The central instrument display screen shows all the relevant information such as speed, engine rpm, operating temperatures, lap times and the selected gear.

Additional controls are located on the centre console. This is where the driver can not only start the engine or adjust the traction control, but also select reverse gear or - if the worst comes to the worst - activate the integrated fire extinguisher system. The adjustment control for the brake front/rear balance is located on the center console.


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