Mercedes is planning to expand its customer motorsport programme with a race car based on its CLA 45 AMG. The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Racing Series concept will make its first public appearance at next week’s Frankfurt motor show.
The production version of the car will be eligible for a number of four-cylinder race series. As such engine output and transmission systems can vary. The car could be offered with two- or four-wheel drive.
AMG says the concept demonstrates its desire to increase its customer motorsport presence. AMG boss, Ola Källenius said: "The tremendous success of the SLS AMG GT3, which is now being raced by customer teams across five different continents, makes us highly confident."
The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Racing Series concept has a wider track than the standard road car, and feature fully adjustable suspension. A “high-performance” braking system with ABS is fitted.
The front and rear aprons, flared wings and sill extensions are constructed from carbonfibre reinforced plastic. The carbonfibre rear wings have functional brake cooling vents and the front splitter and rear diffuser are adjustable for optimum downforce.