Mercedes-AMG GT3

Affalterbach (GER). Since 1967, the heart of Mercedes-AMG has been beating at the race track. With its motorsport DNA, the performance brand from Affalterbach enthuses fans and customers all over the world. Among them are the AMG Customer Sport Teams who have been successful at international level with the SLS AMG GT3 since 2011. In the past five years, numerous titles and legendary race wins were scored with the gullwing. Simultaneously, AMG has been working on the continuous expansion of its Customer Sports programme. In 2016, the arrival of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the introduction of the AMG Performance Teams marks the start of a new era for the manufacturer from Affalterbach that got off to a perfect start with the historic quadruple victory in the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

From the very beginning, AMG has focussed on the requirements of ambitious race teams and drivers with its GT3 Customer Sports programme. The achievements at the race track prove that the concept is right: since 2011, over 160 overall race wins and 450 podium finishes were scored with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the most varied series and races. In 2013, AMG Customer Sports Teams achieved the ‘Grand Slam’ of GT3 endurance racing classics by winning the races at Dubai, Bathurst, the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps with the gullwing.

For AMG Customer Sports, the arrival of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 marks the start of a new era. The new Customer Sports car has everything it takes to continue the SLS AMG GT3’s success story. Based on the Mercedes-AMG GT, a completely new competition version was developed. In the process, the experience acquired with the SLS AMG GT3 provided valuable input. Thanks to an extensive test phase, in which over 30,000 kilometres of testing mileage were racked up and long runs of 30 hours were completed, teams have a fully matured car with a high level of competitiveness at their disposal from 2016. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 was already able to prove this in an impressive way: in the 44th running of the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring, the new race car from Affalterbach racked up the first four places and sixth position. Including this historic quadruple victory, the Mercedes-AMG already scored twelve overall race wins, twelve pole positions and 25 podium finishes from 52 races to date*. Thus, the car enjoyed an overwhelming arrival in the expanded Mercedes-AMG GT3 programme.

The AMG Performance Teams in 2016
Next to the successful introduction of the Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2016 is also marked by a new concept for the team support. In the process, AMG adds a new motivation to perform even better: by excellent results and achievements, teams can underline their ambitions to qualify as AMG Performance Teams. With these teams, Mercedes-AMG is working together particularly closely and next to the proven technical support, these teams also get assistance from engineers and motorsport specialists from Affalterbach.

During the 2016 season, the following teams will be competing in races as AMG Performance Teams: AMG-Team BLACK FALCON, AMG-Team HTP Motorsport (both in VLN, the Blancpain GT Series and in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa), HARIBO Racing Team-AMG (VLN, Nürburgring 24 Hours), AMG-Team ZAKSPEED (ADAC GT Masters) and AMG-Team AKKA ASP (Spa 24 Hours). Moreover, AMG Performance Teams are also planned to compete in events like the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

The AMG Driver-Pool for 2016
The AMG Driver-Pool includes renowned drivers with a vast motorsport experience from numerous races, from international GT3 series via DTM up to Formula 1. They provide their driving skills and their experience to support the various AMG Teams.

AMG drivers with an exclusive AMG contract for 2016 are: Nico Bastian (GER), Dominik Baumann (AUT), Maximilian Buhk (GER), Yelmer Buurman (NED), Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Maro Engel (GER), Christian Hohenadel (GER), Thomas Jäger (GER), Bernd Schneider (GER), and Jan Seyffarth (GER). From the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team, Maximilian Götz (GER), Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Gary Paffett (GBR), and Christian Vietoris (GER), plus Mercedes-AMG DTM replacement and test driver Felix Rosenqvist (SWE) will be racing. Especially for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the AMG Performance Teams were supported by drivers like Uwe Alzen (GER), Stefan Mücke (GER), and Dirk Müller (GER). At Spa, for instance, Renger van der Zande (NED) will be racing as well.

Service, support and championship
One of the key elements of the AMG Customer Sport programme is the professional support for the teams with technology, service and know-how. The AMG Customer Sports Portal serves as the most important interface for all teams running a Mercedes-AMG GT3 or a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. The internet portal provides support and the possibility to order spare parts 24 hours per day. Moreover, relevant information and updates are made available through the portal. During race meetings, the AMG Service Team is present with its own service truck at European race tracks. As an exclusive service, spare parts packages that are individually arranged can be delivered to any given race track.

The AMG Customer Sports Portal also includes a central database in which all race results of every AMG GT3 car have been listed. Since 2015, the system also has provided access to the AMG Customer Sports Championship. Participation in this global competition is open for all teams and drivers running or racing a Mercedes-AMG GT3 or an SLS AMG GT3 in competition, be it as a Pro Driver, as a Driver or as a Team. AMG brand ambassadors and drivers from the AMG Driver Pool are not eligible to take part.

Brand experience and interaction with fans
Next to the sporting aspects, the brand experience is also one of the major goals for Mercedes-AMG. As a result, fans of the performance brand from Affalterbach can experience the extended AMG involvement in an even more impressive way in 2016. The visitors of the Nürburgring 24-hour race could already see for themselves in the paddock, where an AMG Fan Base in the paddock with a size of 1,500 square metres thrilled the fans and sparked brand fascination. Next to production and competition cars on display, ranging from GT3 via DTM to Formula 1, the freely accessible experience world also served as the venue for numerous fan activities like a pit stop competition with a Mercedes-AMG GT3, autograph sessions, interviews, and a huge Race Party.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 pairs high-class motor racing technology with a spectacular design. The car, developed to FIA GT3 regulations, is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT that already provides a high level of race track performance in its production version and stands out for a low centre of gravity, a perfect weight distribution and a large track width.

Like with the road-going version, the vehicle structure of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 consists of a very light-weight, yet extremely rigid aluminium space frame. Numerous components like the bonnet, the doors or the rear wing were made of carbon. The consequent implementation of the ‘AMG Lightweight Performance’ strategy results into significantly increased efficiency and the best possible dynamics.

As it already was the case with the SLS AMG GT3, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 also incorporates the currently widest ranging safety concept in its class, partly even exceeding the latest FIA standards. Three safety zones were constructed around the driver: the rigid aluminium space frame provides excellent protection. Additionally, the stable carbon safety cell with integrated headrest and a roll-cage made of high-strength steel also protect the driver. In case of an accident, the driver can also be extricated through the integrated hatch in the roof.  

The AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine, proven in the SLS AMG GT3 and additionally optimized, generates the power. The high-revving atmospheric engine stands out for its user-friendly technology, huge reliability, long service intervals and low running costs. Like in the production version, the sequential six-speed competition gearbox in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is mounted to the rear axle in transaxle construction and thus allows for optimum weight distribution. Another thing the two have in common are the double wishbones, almost entirely made of aluminium.

The development of the Mercedes-AMG GT3
In the development of the Mercedes-AMG GT3, the insights from the races run with the SLS AMG GT3 are unmistakable. During the intense test phase, AMG brand ambassador Bernd Schneider and the AMG test and development drivers Thomas Jäger and Jan Seyffarth have made a significant contribution to the circuit characteristics of the car.

Handling was one of the key elements in the development: the Mercedes-AMG GT3 crowns the very good handling already known from the SLS AMG GT3 with enhanced agility and efficiency. The development engineers also focused on optimizing the service intervals and the durability. To achieve this, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 completed, among others, a 30-hours endurance test at race speed. This results into considerable reduced running costs for the AMG Customer Sports Teams. The fourth round of the 2015 VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft was the first test for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in racing conditions. Driven by Bernd Schneider, Thomas Jäger, and Jan Seyffarth, the car claimed pole position and posted the second-fastest race lap straight away.

 

Technical data Mercedes-AMG GT3

Engine

6.3 litre V8 high-revving naturally aspirated engine

Output

Approx. 550 hp (404 kW), depending on air restrictor size

Gearbox

Newly developed six-speed competition gearbox allowing for 10,000 km of running

Bodywork

Aluminium space frame construction with optimized repair solutions

Roll-cage of high-strength steel

Full bodywork of carbon

Length

4,746 mm

 

Width

2,049 mm

 

Height

1,238 mm

 

Wheelbase

2,625 mm

 

Homologated weight

1,285 kg

 

Aerodynamics

Efficient aerodynamics for reduced drag with high downforce levels

Chassis

Single-wheel suspension with double wishbones front and rear

Brakes

Competition brake system with adjustable ABS and traction control

Wheels

18 inch AMG forged light-alloy wheels

Brake discs front (diameter)

 

390 mm

 

Brake discs rear (diameter)

 

360 mm

 

Tyres (front & rear)

12 x 18 inch 315/680 (front) 13 x 18 inch 325/705 (front)

 

 

Major achievements SLS AMG GT3: AMG Customer Sports 2011-2015

Year

Series / Race

Team / Drivers

Result

2011

FIA GT3 European Championship

HEICO MOTORSPORT

Teams Champion

2011

Portuguese GT & Iberian Supercars Championship

SPORTS & YOU / Miguel Barbosa, José Pedro Fontes

Drivers Champion

2011

Malaysia Meredeka Endurance Race (12h)

PETRONAS SYNTIUM TEAM / Dominic Ang, Nobuteru Taniguchi, Masataka Yanagida

1st place

2012

Dunlop 24H DUBAI

ABU DHABI BY BLACK FALCON / Khaled Al Qubaisi, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Sean Edwards, Thomas Jäger

1st place

2012

FIA GT1 World Championship

ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT / Marc Basseng, Markus Winkelhock

Drivers & Teams Champion

2012

FIA GT3 European Championship

HEICO-GRAVITY CHAROUZ TEAM / Dominik Baumann, Maximilian Buhk

Drivers & Teams Champion

2012

ADAC GT Masters

KFZTEILE24 MS RACING TEAM / Sebastian Asch, Maximilian Götz

Drivers & Teams Champion

2012

Super Taikyu Series

PETRONAS SYNTIUM TEAM / Dominic Ang, Fariqe Hairuman, Nobuteru Taniguchi

Drivers & Teams Champion

2012

Brazilian GT Championship

BVA RACING / Cléber Faria, Duda Rosa

Drivers & Teams Champion

2012

Australian GT

EREBUS MOTORSPORT

Teams Champion

2012

Brazilian GT Championship

SERINGAL RACING / Cléber Faria, Duda Rosa

Drivers & Teams Champion

2012

Malaysia Meredeka Endurance Race (12h)

PETRONAS SYNTIUM TEAM / Dominic Ang, Nobuteru Taniguchi, Masataka Yanagida

1st place

2013

Dunlop 24H DUBAI

ABU DHABI BY BLACK FALCON / Khaled Al Qubaisi, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Sean Edwards, Bernd Schneider

1st place

2013

Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

EREBUS MOTORSPORT / Bernd Schneider, Thomas Jäger, Alexander Roloff

1st place

2013

24H Barcelona

HOFOR RACING / Roland Eggimann, Christian Frankenhout, Kenneth Heyer, Michael Kroll

1st place

2013

ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring

BLACK FALCON / Jeroen Bleekemolen, Sean Edwards, Bernd Schneider, Nicki Thiim

1st place

2013

Total 24 Hours of Spa

HTP MOTORSPORT / Maximilian Buhk, Maximilian Götz, Bernd Schneider

1. place

2013

Blancpain Endurance Series

HTP MOTORSPORT / Maximilian Buhk

Drivers Champion

2013

Race Trophy Austria

PREMIUM MOTORSPORT POLAND / Piotr Krawczyk

Drivers Champion

2013

Gulf 12Hours Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI BY BLACK FALCON / Jeroen Bleekemolen, Khaled Al Qubaisi, Bernd Schneider

1st place

2013

FIA GT Series (Gentlemens Trophy)

HTP GRAVITY CHAROUZ / Petr Charouz, Jarek Janis, Jan Stovicek

Drivers & Teams Champion

Major achievements SLS AMG GT3: AMG Customer Sports 2011-2015

Year

Series / Race

Team / Drivers

Result

2013

FIA GT Series (PRO-AM)

HTP GRAVITY CHAROUZ / Sergej Afanasiev, Andreas Simonsen

Drivers & Teams Champion

2014

Hankook 12H Zandvoort

CAR COLLECTION MOTORSPORT / Christian Bracke, Peter Schmidt, Mirko Schultis, Renger van der Zande

1st place

2014

Australian GT

EREBUS MOTORSPORT / Richard Muscat

Drivers Champion

2014

Blancpain Sprint Series

HTP MOTORSPORT / Maximilian Götz

Drivers Champion

2014

DMV TCC

ANTEAM / Frédéric Yerly

Drivers Champion

2014

FIA CEZ & ESET V4 CUP & MMCR

CHAROUZ RACING SYSTEM / Jakub Knoll

Drivers Champion

2014

Hankook 12H Hungary

SPS AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE / Lance David Arnold, Tim Müller, Valentin Pierburg

1st place

2014

Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy

CAR COLLECTION MOTORSPORT / Josef Klüber

Drivers Champion

2014

SUPER GT SERIES GT300

GAINER / Katsuyuki Hiranaka, Björn Wirdheim

Teams Champion

2014

Macau Grand Prix

MERCEDES-AMG DRIVING ACADEMY / Maro Engel, Renger van der Zande

1st place 2nd place

2015

ADAC GT Masters

ZAKSPEED / Sebastian Asch, Luca Ludwig

Drivers Champion

2015

Blancpain Sprint Series (PRO-AM)

GT RUSSIAN TEAM/ Alexey Karachev

Drivers & Teams Champion

2015

Hankook 12H Zandvoort

HOFOR RACING / Roland Eggimann, Christian Frankenhout, Kenneth Heyer, Michael Kroll

1st place

2015

Hankook 24H Barcelona

HP RACING / Sean Johnston, Reinhard Kofler, Hari Proczyk, Reinhold Renger, Bernd Schneider

1st place

2015

Hankook 24H Dubai

BLACK FALCON / Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal, Yelmer Buurmann, Hubert Haupt, Oliver Webb

1st place

2015

Hankook 24H Paul Ricard

RAM RACING / Adam Christodoulou, Thomas Jäger, Tom Onslow-Cole, Paul White

1st place

2015

Hankook 24H SERIES (A6)

RAM RACING / Thomas Jäger, Tom Onslow-Cole

Drivers & Teams Champion

2015

Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy (KL. 1)

HIRSCH TRACKSPORT BY KORNELY MOTORSPORT / Mario Hirsch

Drivers Champion

2015

Pan Delta Super Racing Festival

D2 RACING SPORT / Kuo Kuo Hsin

Drivers & Teams Champion

2015

Pirelli World Challenge (GTA)

DRAGONSPEED / Frank Montecalvo

Drivers & Teams Champion

2015

FIA GT World Cup Macau

MERCEDES-AMG DRIVING ACADEMY / Maro Engel

Drivers & Teams Champion

Major achievements Mercedes-AMG GT3: AMG Customer Sports 2015-2016

Year

Series / Race

Team / Drivers

Result

10/ 2015

VLN Langstrecken-meisterschaft

MERCEDES-AMG GMBH / Yelmer Buurman, Thomas Jäger, J. Seyffarth

2nd place (first podium INT)

03/ 2016

Australian GT

SCOTT TAYLOR MOTORSPORT / Craig Baird

1st place (first victory INT)

04/ 2016

Super GT

LEON RACING / Naoya Gamou, Haruki Kurosawa

1st place (first victory in JAP)

04/ 2016

ADAC GT Masters / Oschersleben

AMG-Team HTP Motorsport / Dominik Baumann, Maximilian Buhk, Thomas Jäger, Christian Vietoris

1st place (first victory in GER)

04/ 2016

ADAC Qualifikations-rennen 24h-Rennen

AMG-Team HTP Motorsport / Dominik Baumann, Maximilian Buhk, Thomas Jäger, Christian Vietoris

1st place

05/ 2016

Blancpain Sprint Series / Brands Hatch

HTP Motorsport / Bernd Schneider, Jules Szymkowiak

1st place (first victory in GBR)

05/ 2016

Blancpain Endurance Series / Silverstone

HTP Motorsport / Dominik Baumann, Maximilian Buhk, Jazeman Jaafar

1st place

05/ 2016

ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring

AMG-Team BLACK FALCON / Adam Christodoulou, Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger, Bernd Schneider

1st place

05/ 2016

ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring

AMG-Team HTP Motorsport / Christian Hohenadel, Marco Seefried, Christian Vietoris, Renger van der Zande

2nd place

05/ 2016

ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring

HARIBO Racing Team-AMG / Uwe Alzen, Lance David Arnold, Maximilian Götz, Jan Seyffarth

3rd place

05/ 2016

ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring

AMG-Team BLACK FALCON / Yelmer Buur-man, Hubert Haupt, Dirk Müller, Maro Engel

4th place

05/ 2016

ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring

MANN-FILTER Team ZAKSPEED / Sebastian Asch, Kenneth Heyer, Daniel Keilwitz, Luca Ludwig

6th place

06/ 2016

GT Sports Club / Paul Ricard

AKKA Motorsport / Daniele Perfetti

1st place (first victory in FRA)

Source: Daimler AG