HOW close the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series actually is to a race car has now been impressively demonstrated by GT3 racer Maro Engel on race track that is the world standard for vehicle performance, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
With an officially measured and certified time of 6min 43.616 seconds for the 20.6km long track (measured without the straight at track section T13) and 6:48.047 time for the full20.832km long total track, it is now the fastest production car ever.
Maro Engel made full use of all the possibilities offered by the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, such as the most powerful AMG V8 series engine ever with 537kW, the sophisticated aerodynamics and extensive suspension adjustment options.
For example, the front splitter made of visible carbon fibre was extended to the ‘Race’ position, and the lower and upper wing blades of the rear spoiler were each adjusted in the middle position.
The adjustable AMG coil-over suspension with adaptive adjustment damping was lowered by 5mm at the front and 3mm at the rear to further enhance the venturi effect of the front diffuser.
The camber was adjusted to the maximum possible values of negative 3.8 degrees at the front axle and negative 3.0 degrees at the rear.
In the case of the adjustable anti-roll bars, racing professional Engel opted for the hardest of the three possible settings, and the 35-year-old adjusted the nine-stage AMG traction control between positions six and seven, depending on the section of the track.
It’s worth noting that AMG GT Black Series customers can also take advantage of all these settings and variations, and this also applies to the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tyres with ‘soft compound’.
They’re completely standard equipment and were developed in collaboration with Michelin especially for the top sports car in the AMG GT series.
The highest possible level of safety was ensured not only by the standard AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system, but also by the Track Package with rollover protection system and four-point safety belts offered as standard equipment.
“That was a really impressive ride,” Maro Engel said after completing the record lap.
“With speeds of up to almost 270 km/h in the Kesselchen section of the track or well over 300 km/h on the long Döttinger Höhe straight, the AMG GT Black Series is significantly faster than my GT3 race car,” he enthused.
“To finally drive around the Nordschleife in 6:48.047 minutes with a production road car in these track conditions is really awesome. Like my GT3 race car, the AMG GT Black Series offers a lot of adjustment possibilities, all of which enabled me to create a setup that was tailor-made for me.”
Ïn terms of aerodynamic efficiency, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series takes a great deal from the race car. A direct derivation from motorsport, for example, is the carbon-fibre hood with two large exhaust outlets.
These specifically guide the warm air that flows from the slanted radiator setup out of the engine compartment. This increases overall downforce, as does the sophisticated rear wing concept and the largely enclosed underbody.
“It’s really impressive how much downforce the Black Series generates and how confident and reliable it can be driven, even at the absolute limit,” Engel said.
“My hat is off to the developers from Affalterbach for what they have put on wheels here. And I’m very pleased that I was able to demonstrate these fascinating engineering skills with this great lap time.”
Just as they were for AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert, who set a new lap record with the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ on the same day, the conditions were not quite ideal for Maro Engel either.
When the GT3 professional drove through the light gate of the timing system on November 4, 2020 at 5:02pm, not only were 20.832km of Green Hell behind him in the dim light, he’d set the fastest time at an outside temperature of seven degrees Celsius.
Track temperature was a low ten degrees Celsius. In addition, some passages of the extremely demanding track were not yet totally dry. Despite these conditions, the record was still broken.
The fast lap times were precisely measured by neutral experts from wige SOLUTIONS. An independent notary also certified the condition of the vehicle as well as the measurements.