First official pictures of radical 600bhp race car

These are the first pictures of the Mercedes SLS GT3 racing car, which will be sold to customers for the 2011 season.

The racer will use the same 6.3-litre V8 as the road car, but tuned to produce around 600bhp, according to what race organisers deem acceptable. It is linked to a six-speed racing gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddles, and an integrated multi-disc locking differential. It will also be significantly lighter than the road car.

See pictures of the Mercedes SLS GT3

Changes from the road car are chiefly aerodynamic. The GT3 racer sports a new front bumper with a splitter, the bonnet with a central cooling air vent and wider front and rear wings. There are also cooling vents in the side wheel arches and the sideskirts.

The underbody is now smooth, and a rear diffuser is fitted, as is an adjustable rear aerofoil. The C-pillars accommodate the standardised filler pipes for the fast-refuel system.

The car has double-wishbone suspension of forged aluminium at the front and rear. The springs and shock absorbers, the suspension height, the stabilisers, the track width and camber are all adjustable. Rack-and-pinion steering with a more direct ratio and speed-sensitive servo assistance improve handling. The brakes have also been uprated for racing.

"This exciting GT3 version is our response to strong customer demand for a car designed for these attractive motor sports series," said Volker Mornhinweg, chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The stripped out interior has been modified for racing.

Pricing hasn't been announced. For comparison the BMW Z4 GT3 costs 300,000 euros (£270,000).

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23 March 2010

I don't think the rear wing is big enough....

23 March 2010

Standard practice, a GT3 racer always looks sensational and sometimes actually looks better than the road version, looks a bit like the old Dodge Viper though.

Peter Cavellini.

23 March 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]

Standard practice, a GT3 racer always looks sensational and sometimes actually looks better than the road version, looks a bit like the old Dodge Viper though.

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Are M-B not telling us something? Especially as the Viper was discontinued recently... and as the two companies were related.

23 March 2010

I love the looks of the regular SLS, but this version looks plain awful.

23 March 2010

It could look fantasctic.

It's a pity that the regulations allow such wings.

That is bad for the aesthetics and the show in race.

Quick the FIA, you still do not understand the need to reduce downforce.
You need how many years?

4 May 2010

Great fan of mercedes. personally bought a mercedes sl500 a few days back and loving the experience of it every bit.

7 June 2010

with advanced technology and high tech features and car parts of this mercedes, i think it will surely encourage more buyers. also, having the right marketing strategy will definitely increase sales in the short term.

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