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.”