Mercedes-AMG GT3 To Make Racing Debut Next Year

Mercedes has signed partnership with Riley Motorsports and will have two teams racing the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race cars.

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GT3 Racing is popular in America, and to make things more interesting, Mercedes has announced its entry to the popular racing series. German carmaker Mercedes has signed a partnership with Riley Motorsports.

Mercedes-Benz will have two teams, one under the Mercedes-AMG name and the other under WeatherTech Racing team. The cars will not be limited to two.

There is a third team pitching for the GT racecar, SunEnergy1 Racing, with the help of the Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Program.

Teams that will own the new Mercedes GT3 that will debut in January will be supported by "specifically established technology and logistics center in Mooresville, North Carolina, which ensures a fast and reliable supply of parts and service for all teams in racing in North America."

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car is based on the ‘regular' road going AMG GT, but loses the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that makes 456bhp.

Instead, Mercedes has opted to use the 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that makes 548bhp, the same engine that powered the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

Prototypes of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car have already been spotted testing and when it debuts in 2017, it will take on other GT3 race cars such as Audi, Porsche GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Ferrari 488 GT3, and the Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

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Story first published: Monday, November 14, 2016, 19:55 [IST]
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