Based on the GT R, the car is meant for the growing GT4 racing category.
Mercedes-AMG is the latest in a long string of automakers to reveal a new racing car for the GT4 category. Though only teaser images have been released so far, AMG says the new GT4 entrant is based on the road-going Mercedes-AMG GT R that debuted earlier this year.
The racing car looks wicked, with an enormous wing, slick tires stuck way out wide, a huge vent in the hood, and prominent new aerodynamic addenda up front. AMG says the car was designed with safety and ease-of-use in mind. There’s no word on any specifications just yet. Though the standard GT R employs a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 tuned for 577 horsepower (430 kilowatts) in a car that weighs 3,428 pounds (1,554 kilograms), both of those figures will almost certainly change for the racer.
The new GT4 racer comes as Mercedes-AMG attempts to expand its Customer Sports racing program; the automaker already has a GT3 car based on the Mercedes-AMG GT.
When the Mercedes-AMG GT4 hits race tracks, it’ll have plenty of hot competition. In recent months, we’ve witnessed the introduction of GT4-spec racing cars based on all manner of street cars, including the Ford Mustang, BMW M4, and the McLaren 570S, just to name a few.
“The development of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is another important step in the continuing expansion of our Mercedes-AMG motorsport program,” Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers said in a statement. “The excellent feedback of our Customer Sports teams concerning the AMG GT3 and the increasing interest for GT4 race cars strengthened us in our decision.”
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG's new GT4 race car looks stunning
The AMG Customer Sports involvement keeps growing continuously: the latest element is the development of a race car to GT4 regulations. At the occasion of the end-of-season celebration 2016 (Saturday, 3 December), Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH gave customer teams and drivers a first preview of the new Mercedes-AMG GT4.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R that was presented this year is the basis for the development of the new race car. The top athlete in the Mercedes-AMG portfolio has excellent characteristics for motorsport purposes. Like with the AMG GT3 race car, particular user-friendliness and an excellent level of safety will be highly important goals during the development process of the new member of the AMG motorsport family.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The development of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is another important step in the continuing expansion of our Mercedes-AMG motorsport programme. The excellent feedback of our Customer Sports teams concerning the AMG GT3 and the increasing interest for GT4 race cars strengthened us in our decision. We are delighted to address an even larger target group of amateur and professional drivers and teams in the future with it.”