If you’re not the kind of fan who drools over a photo of an F1 car, then you might be someone who’s more interested in race cars which look a lot more like their roadside counterparts. We’re talking about GT cars — or the Sergeant Security Australian GT Championship to be exact — held at Philip Island. Wet, cold weather was the setting which Peter Hackett and James Brock had to endure while in the helms of their Erebus Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3s. They were grinding teeth with the Dodge Viper GT3 and Ferrari 458 GT3s in Pro-Am format. “It was remarkable for our team, as it was only the second… Continue Reading »
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Mercedes-Benz has released a video of the part 1 of the SLS AMG GT3 production. Now, here is the continuation of the 6,208cc’s making. You will see the specialists install the front grille, hood and front fenders in this video, you will also get to see some behind the scenes in the clip.
Now that the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 has notched a few important victories under its belt, here’s a look at how this solid performer is being produced. Released at no less than the official AMG channel at YouTube, the video shows how this circuit beast is put together. Starting with the bare shell, you can see that the documentation process is fairly complete. All the better to prove the provenance of these cars when they become collector’s classics a few decades on. You’ll see the beautifully made components come together to make a racer that is more than the sum of its parts. In fact, the components and workmanship that… Continue Reading »
In a reminder of the marque’s past dominance in motorsport, Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3s took the first three places in the recently-concluded 24 Hours of Dubai. The race was held at the 5.39 km long circuit that also is used for F1 Grands Prix. The first place in this race was also the maiden victory for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in a 24-hour race. Second and third places were taken by HEICO Motorsport SLS GT3s, which had Mercedes DTM driver Bernd Schneider playing a supporting role as part of Mercedes’ customer support program. Out of a starting field of 72 cars, four SLS GT3s finished in the top ten. The… Continue Reading »
It’s really no surprise when a race car in its development phase doesn’t outperform its competitors during the first ever race of the season. However, the SLS AMG GT3 broke that rule when its team achieved a podium finish in the first leg of the GT3 series over the weekend. The Gullwing race car, ran by the Black Falcon team, scored third in the points system and finished first in the opening round of the VLN Nurburgring Endurance Championship. Meanwhile, another SLS took 4th overall place, while a couple more SLS race cars took 7th and 19th. The VLN ‘Ring series is made up of ten grueling endurance rounds going… Continue Reading »
Part of today’s motorsports requirements is crash safety and to this end, Mercedes has worked to meet the safety requirements of the upcoming Nurburgring Endurance Championships by having it SLS AMG GT3 undergo extensive crash testing to confirm that the racer is in compliance with these standards. According Daimler, “All the tests conducted by the Mercedes Benz safety specialists are more stringent by far than those prescribed for racing cars by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile).” The picture released by the company even shows an SLS being used as the battering ram to test the race car’s side impact resistance. The safety tests include front, side and rear impact… Continue Reading »