New Mercedes GT3 seen testing at the Nürburgring

New Mercedes GT3 seen testing at the Nürburgring

Luxury German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has a new racer ready to make its debut, with the car spotted being put through some rigorous trials at the notoriously difficult Nürburgring. The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car has been painted in the same grey and yellow as the model that was a huge hit at the motor show in Geneva at the beginning of the year. The new AMG GT3 not only looks the part but also its engine growl sounds wonderful as it laps the track during a trial session.

The production version of this car, the Mercedes-AMG GT, has a V8 4.00-litre twin-turbocharged engine under the bonnet, which delivers 503hp. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer has the V8 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine of the SLS AMG Black Series, which has been discontinued by the company. This engine delivers 622hp and a six-speed sequential transaxle is mounted at the back.

In addition to the naturally-aspirated engine, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 has a wide-body kit with aerodynamic upgrades. The GT3 racer also has bigger air intakes and a large back wing. To make it lighter much of the bodywork has been manufactured from carbon fibre, including the side skirts, front wing, doors, bonnet, rear aerofoil, diffuser and boot.

It appears that it will take something very special to get ahead of the Mercedes-AMG GT3.