After images of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 testing at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife recently emerged, a video showing the potent race car on the track has been released. It provides us with our very first opportunity to hear the new German racer at full throttle and as with the SLS AMG GT3 which it will replace, it sounds truly ferocious.
Whereas the road-going Mercedes-AMG GT utilises a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 features the same 6.2-litre V8 as the SLS AMG GT3. Specifications about this engine haven’t been released but the German marque says the engine was chosen as it is reliable, user-friendly and has low running costs.
Mated to the 6.2-litre V8 engine of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a six-speed sequential transmission mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear wheels. This has been done to optimise weight distribution and unsurprisingly, the power from the naturally-aspirated V8 engine is sent straight to the rear wheels.
Underpinning the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a strong and lightweight aluminium spaceframe which also incorporates a carbon fibre seat pan as well as a roll cage constructed from high-strength steel. Compared to the road car, the racing variant now features a bonnet, doors, front wing, sidewalls, side skirts, diffuser, bootlid, rear aerofoil and front and rear aprons made entirely from carbon fibre. Elsewhere, the German manufacturer has confirmed that the AMG GT3 uses double-wishbone suspension at all four corners made almost entirely from aluminium.