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A GT3-spec racing version of the SLS AMG was unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show. It is set to compete in national GT3 championships before being allowed race in the FIA GT3 Championship in 2011.[12] At VLN Nrburgring, the SLS AMG GT3 was admitted into the SP9 class with "Balance of Performance" set to 1350 kg and 556 PS,[13] and won its first race in October.The car also won the 2012 24 Hours of Dubai under Black Falcon Racing.

25 SLS AMG GT3's were built for competition with only one not racing in Europe. Erebus Racing who race in the Australian GT Championship run the car which is driven by Peter Hackett who is also the Chief Instructor at the Australian Mercedes Benz Driving Academy.

Coinciding with the market launch of the SLS AMG on 27 March 2010, Mercedes-AMG is presenting a GT3 variant. This racing version of the gullwing model stands out with its spectacular design and thoroughbred motor sports technology. Developed to comply with the GT3 specifications of the FIA (Fdration Internationale de l'Automobile), the SLS AMG GT3 is designed as a racing sports car for customers competing in sprints and long-distance races. These race series for near-series GT cars are noted for their very varied participants and great excitement. Not least because of their comparatively favourable cost structure, they are enjoying increasing worldwide popularity.

AMG, the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz, is entering a new business sector with the new SLS AMG GT3: the development, production and marketing of sports racing cars intended for customer use. Sales of these customer cars are expected to commence in autumn 2010, and homologation of the GT3 variant will be completed in time for the 2011 racing season.

"Thanks to uncompromising lightweight construction and superior handling dynamics, the SLS AMG provides an outstanding basis for a highly competitive racing car. This exciting GT3 version is our response to strong customer demand for a car designed for these attractive motor sports series. Once again, it demonstrates AMG's huge experience gained in more than 40 years of motor sports, and its great expertise in the development of unique high-performance cars," says Volker Mornhinweg, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The new SLS AMG GT3 is an emphatic continuation of AMG's commitment to motor sports. AMG has been a pioneer in the motor sports world ever since its foundation in 1967. The new racing version of the SLS AMG 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 motor sports, as witness nine driver championships in the DTM and ITC, as well as two championship titles in the FIA GT Championships.

The SLS AMG GT3 is set to write another chapter in this success story, and harks back to the 300 SL racing sports car of 1952 which first established the "gullwing" legend. Its historic victory in the "Carrera PanAmericana" long-distance race also made Mercedes-Benz a household name in North and Central America, and demonstrated the know-how and expertise of the Stuttgart-based automobile company.

The new SLS AMG GT3 is wide, flat and has spectacular racing car looks. The main focus when modifying the body of this gullwing model was on aerodynamic performance - as is seen not only in the new front apron with a splitter, the bonnet with its central cooling air vent and the wider front and rear wings, but also in the the side wheel arch air vents, the sideskirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes, the smooth underbody with a rear diffuser and the adjustable rear aerofoil. All these features ensure a low drag coefficient and maximum downforce - while guaranteeing effective cooling of thermally highly stressed components. The C-pillars accommodate the standardised filler pipes for the fast-refuel system.

The FIA will determine the maximum output of the AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication on the "Balance of Performance" principle. This is intended to ensure that all the racing cars taking part have an equal chance. The classification process, during which the kerb weight is also determined, will be completed in 2010. Power transmission in the GT3 variant is by a sequential six-speed racing transmission with steering wheel shift paddles and an integrated multi-disc locking differential. As in the standard SLS AMG, the transmission is located at the rear axle: the engine and transmission are connected by a torque tube within which a carbon-fibre shaft rotates at the engine speed, as in the roadgoing version.

The wheels are located by a double-wishbone suspension of forged aluminium at the front and rear. Adjustment facilities for the springs and shock absorbers, the suspension height, the stabilisers, 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 extremely agile handling. Behind the central-locking AMG light-alloy wheels, a composite steel racing braking system with racing ABS ensures outstanding deceleration.

The interior of the SLS AMG GT3 is dominated by a functional racing car atmosphere: the steel rollover cage not only ensures the driver's safety, but also adds additional reinforcement to the aluminium spaceframe. Another eye-catching feature is the racing buucket seat with a six-point seat belt and HANS system (Head and Neck Support). The central display is perfectly positioned in the driver's field of vision, and shows all the relevant information such as speed, engine rpm, operating temperatures, lap times and the selected gear. The open-top racing steering wheel with gearshift paddles makes perfect vehicle control possible.

Additional controls are located on the centre console. This is where the driver can not only start the AMG V8 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 balance is located on the torque tube tunnel.


The brand new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 made its race debut at the VLN Langstrecken Meisterschaft Nrburgring (the Nrburgring endurance championship) in the hands of experienced race car drivers Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jger.

After undergoing several tests since being rolled out back in June the four hour long 42nd ADAC Barbarossa Preis was the first actual race the SLS AMG GT3 took part in. Team AMG Mercedes HWA GmbH (the Mercedes-Benz AMG factory team) ran the car at the Nordschleife and the team was eager to start the race as part of their ongoing development and testing programme.

At the Nordschleife the SLS AMG GT3 faced all kind of difficult conditions at the Nordschleife on Saturday. In the qualifying session on a wet track the SLS AMG GT3, powered by the same 6.3L AMG V8 as the production model, lapped the 24,369 km long circuit in 9:42.493, just eight seconds away from pole position.

In the race itself the aim of the Team AMG Mercedes HWA GmbH drivers, mechanics and engineers was to keep the car running to test all parts on the rough and demanding Norschleife and to check the service-friendliness of the car.

That service-friendliness was tested very early in the race as SLS AMG GT3 and one of the Corvette GT3s collided and then spun in the Mercedes-Arena and the SLS AMG GT3 was then collected by an Audi R8 LMS. Fortunately Bernd Schneider was able to return to the pit where the team immediately started working on the car in order to send it back out and get as many laps in around the Nordschleife. After just under thirty minutes everything was fixed and Bernd Schneider took the number 738 car back out on the track, three laps down on the rest of the field.

Schneider and Jger drove the remainder of the race without problems and were already back in 89th place overall when the red flag came after just over 75% due to guardrail damage and ongoing rescue activities. Despite its false start the world premiere of the SLS AMG GT3 was a successful one as the team gained a lot of data, experience and the car posted competitive lap times on its first ever race.

Before the event Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Norbert Haug said: The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 will start a new era in Mercedes-Benz customer motorsports. This car is an exciting and spectacular sporting tool for committed private teams and talented private drivers. Together with our well-proven sports and touring car partner HWA, AMG will establish a customer motorsports department, and ensure the usual high level of Mercedes service for its motorsports customers.

The development and testing programme will continue at the 34. DMV 250-Meilen-Rennen on October 16 and the 35. DMV Mnsterlandpokal on October. Both races are part of the VLN Langstrecken Meisterschaft Nrburgring. After the two final rounds of the 2010 VLN championship the cars are set to race in the sixth edition of the 24 Hours of Dubai, in January 2011.

Even though there were rumours that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 could make its FIA GT3 European Championship debut at Zolder it is highly unlikely that AMG and Mercedes-Benz will debut the car in Belgium. The car does not have an FIA GT3 homologation yet and it is therefore more likely that the car will only be racing on track against its FIA GT3 rivals at the Balance of Performance tests early next year.

Nrburgring At the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 raced by the private team Black Falcon, Thomas Jger (33) and Christopher Haase (23) were victorious in the ninth race of the VLN long-distance championship on Saturday at the Nrburgring. Bernd Schneider (46) and Christian Mamerow (25), having started from pole position in a gull-wing model fielded by Mamerow-Racing, were forced to drop out on the fifth lap after a collision while lying second. The 4-hour race was the second test outing for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.
Having started from seventh place on the grid, Thomas Jger succeeded in working his way up to fourth place on the first lap in the SLS AMG GT3 with start number 738 . In the course of the race, the gull-wing racer was able to move up through the field thanks to a steady series of excellent lap times, taking over the lead for the first time on the tenth out of 20 laps. On the 13th circuit, Christopher Haase set the fastest lap time of the race in 9:24.565 minutes.
The sister car with start number 739 began the race in pole position, Christian Mamerow having posted the fastest time in qualifying. As starting driver, he dropped back into second place at the beginning of the second lap . On lap five, the SLS AMG GT3 collided with the leading Audi R8 LMS piloted by Frank Stippler/Marc Basseng. The wheel suspension on the gull wing was damaged by the resulting contact with the crash barrier . Following an inspection in the pits, the team decided to withdraw the vehicle from the race for safety reasons .
The SLS AMG GT3, which was developed in accordance with the GT3 regulations of the world governing body, FIA (Fdration Internationale de lAutomobile), again competed in prototype class E1-XP. On the vehicle's second outing in a VLN race, the focus was once again on methodical further development work as well as on collecting valuable additional test kilometres. The two SLS AMG GT3s were raced by the private teams Black Falcon and Mamerow-Racing, which are experienced on the North Loop, with support from the AMG team. Both customer teams will be racing the gull wing in the next VLN season in 2011 (Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nrburgring, with 10 motor sport clubs).

V8 front mid-engine
4 valves per cylinder

Race power approx: 500 Hp
Max torque approx: 600 Nm Displacement: 6208 ccm
Power/Weight ratio: 2.68 kg / Hp
Fuel Tank Capacity: 120L

Rear wheel drive.
Six-speed sequential racing transmission in transaxle configuration with multi-disc limited-slip differential and traction control.

Adjustable suspension with double wishbones front and rear and modified axle kinematics.

EXTRAS (extract)
Powerful fire extinguisher system.
Safety roll-over cage in high-strength steel.
Driver safety cell with integrated carbon-fibre head restraint.
Designed for HANS system (head and neck support).

AMG racing brake system with steel brake discs and aluminum bowls front and rear, optimised air flow and adjustable brake balance.

Front: 300/68 - 18"
Back: 310/71 - 18"

Material of Chassis: Aluminium
Length: 4710mm
Width: 1990mm
Height: 1195 mm
Weight: 1340 kg

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