Mercedes has officially announced plans to offer a racing version of the AMG GT.

Dubbed the Mercedes-AMG GT3, the model will succeed the SLS AMG GT3 when it is launched in 2016. The company is keeping details a closely guarded secret but they confirmed an "intense testing and development period" will begin next year.

Besides announcing the Mercedes-AMG GT3, the company highlighted the success of the SLS AMG GT3. During the 2014 racing season, the model racked up 34 overall victories, six championships titles and two endurance wins. The car also had 52 class victories and 101 podium finishes.

The company also confirmed plans to continue to support the SLS AMG GT3 after the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is launched. Mercedes declined to say how long their support will last but they noted "The supply of spare parts and the service support are guaranteed in the future. All teams further on starting with the race gullwing can thus make their long-term planning and can rely on the usual full support by AMG Customer Sports."

Gallery: Mercedes-AMG GT3 confirmed, launches in 2016

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