MERCEDES AMG GT – A NEW RAIL WEAPON THAT DOES EVERYTHING BUT RACES

By Paul Gover

THE HOTROD Mercedes-AMG GT is poised to become the ultimate track day weapon thanks to an all-new model called the Track Series.

Mixing and matching pieces from Benz’s GT3 and GT4 racers with the flagship Black Series road car has resulted in a V8-powered monster with 550 kilowatts and a top speed of 318 km/h.

Only 55 cars will be made, with a price tag of over $500,000, but a few Track Series cars are expected to land in Australia for devoted fans of the three-pointed star.

Details of the car are confirmed by the head of AMG Customer Racing, Stefan Wendl, during a short visit to Australia for the Bathurst 12-Hour race.

He confirms the focus on the track for the Track Series, which will be given higher priority for owners who want to run cars without racing.

“When we found out that the Black Series was sold out, we thought about taking the GT4 car and making it an edition. Something special. But cheaper,” Wendl tells Auto Action.

“We then discussed internally what we can do about it. And we discussed merging those two ideas.”

Wendl’s team told Mercedes-Benz management that they wanted to put the Black Series engine – a twin-turbo 4-litre V8 rated at 537 kilowatts – in the new car.

“We were very nervous when we went to the Council. We asked 200,000 euros to make something happen.”

That worked, with a dyno and tuning session that yielded 507 kilowatts and a follow-up project in Germany.

“We took the car to Hockenheim and we had 690 horsepower. This GT4 car was blowing up the tires in a few laps. And it was only three seconds off the GT3 lap time,” says Wendl.

“We knew we could find customers. Immediately after that, we got to work to make something of it.”

Everything runs from the Black Series rear wing to racing wheels and tires as well as the AMG GT racing cockpit with dedicated steering wheel, instruments and seat.

“Last weekend we completed the tests for the Track Series.

It has a Black Series engine, a Black Series body – without the active elements – and we’ve taken from the GT4 the chassis, everything inside with the safety cage and monocoque.

And from the GT3 we took the wheel dimensions to get the maximum footprint. †

Wendl cannot confirm a price or delivery date, but with Triple Eight now acting as agent for AMG Customer Racing in Australia, he expects at least a few cars to land down under.

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