THE hugely successful Mercedes-AMG GT3 has a successor; ironically called the Mercedes-AMG GT3 – a new version of popular race vehicle having been revealed for the 2020 season, with the first deliveries expected at the end of this year.
The car is a consequence of ongoing development to find a way to expand the brand’s customer racing base, and aside from a range of new looks (that includes a much larger grille), takes Mercedes-AMG’s GT3 offering to a whole new level.
At the same time, the changes across the GT3 platform contribute to further reduction of the running costs, while also allowing customer racing teams to more efficiently set up their race cars, thanks to much more user-friendly interfaces.
The new race car will be shown in public for the first time during the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. In 2020, the tenth anniversary of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing, the car enters its first season of competition.
“Developing a worthy successor for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 that has been so unbelievably successful is by no means an easy task,” Mercedes-AMG customer racing head Stefan Wendl said.
“Many of the innovations that we are realising in the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 have resulted from the good and close co-operation with our teams. We are certain that we are meeting exactly the requirements of our clients with our new offering.”
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG race car is expected to cost around $656,000 in sprint specification. It’s powered by an AMG 6.3-Litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, mated to a sequential AMG 6-speed competition gearbox.
It’s fitted with an array of motor sport electrics including multi-adjustable ABS and AMG TRACTION CONTROL, and rides on 18-inch forged AMG alloy wheels. It will be fitted with a 120-litre fuel tank and weigh less than 1,285kg.
Suspension comes in the form of front and rear double wishbone, with adjustable competition dampers via compression and rebound, and adjustable anti-roll bars. Brake balance is controlled via balance beam.
Because the 2020 Mercedes-AMG will not be delivered until late this year, and the way in which the GT3 homologation program cycles, the new race car will not be eligible for the 2020 Bathurst 12-Hour event, but it will be able to race in 2021.