We have full coverage of the new, 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 racecar, on display in New York.
Mercedes-Benz introduced a new race car during the New York Auto Show earlier today. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 will be used in competition beginning in 2011.
Engineers used copious amounts of carbon fiber to modify the car's exterior. It now features a new front valance with larger air intakes leading to a huge carbon splitter. Flicks were installed at the front of each wheel well, now wider, to increase downforce. Venting in the hood allows engine heat to escape, while vents behind the wheels increase air flow. The smooth underbody reduces drag and leads to a new rear diffuser, with a huge rear wing sitting up top. Helping to reduce weight, polycarbonate replaces glass used on the sides and rear, but may also be used for the windshield.
A press release from Daimler implies that the engine has been modified slightly, stating that "the AMG 6.3 liter V8 engine is virtually identical" to that which is used on the stock car. However, with the lowered weight, the car sprints to 60mph in 3.7 seconds, slightly faster than the 3.9-second time posted by the base car. The car is listed as having a 186 mph, but the automaker claims adjustments to the gear ratio allow greater speeds. To make driving more race-friendly, the engine is mounted to a sequential six-speed race transmission.
Other features on the car include an AMG race brake system comprised of ventilated discs, six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. This is used instead of the AMG carbon ceramic brakes optionally available on the SLS, which do not fit in the FIA GT3 mandated 18-inch wheels. Center-locking alloy wheels measure 12x18 inches up front, and 13x18 inches in back.
Delivery of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 will start at the beginning of 2011, with the order process starting up later this year. You can find out more about the car in the press release below.