The Mercedes-AMG GT4 will debut in competition the engine 4.0 liters V8 biturbo

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   Agustus 03, 2017
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 will debut in competition the engine 4.0 liters V8 biturbo
The latest Mercedes-AMG racing car is called the Mercedes-AMG GT4 and was just presented on the occasion of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps last weekend. It is a racing beast based on the Mercedes-AMG GT R street, but with everything needed to participate in the GT4 category.

Last year the German brand already introduced the Mercedes-AMG GT3, and this new model that seeks to expand the focus to other categories of competition, will be delivered to the private teams that acquire it later this year. And although it is based on a street car, the GT3's little brother is also a very serious device to compete.

Still under development, with Affalterbach engineers and drivers such as Bernd Schneider or Jan Seyffarth involved in the process, this Mercedes-AMG GT4 will have to travel at least 30,000 kilometers in circuit and pass 30 hour endurance tests at the Lausitzring circuit Before it is finally ready to be delivered to customers. In addition, three prototypes will participate as part of the development in racing this season 2017.
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 will debut in competition the engine 4.0 liters V8 biturbo
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 will debut in competition the engine 4.0 liters V8 biturbo
4.0 liter V8 biturbo in competition

Under the long hood of the GT4 hides the 4.0-liter V8 biturbo of the street model, not the atmospheric 6.2-liter using the SLS GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Depending on the configuration, it can reach 510 CV and a maximum torque 600 Nm. In addition, the block is combined with a sequential competition (transaxle), pneumatically operated and six-speed transmission.

As you will recall, the street GT R already incorporates a traction control system with eleven modes to choose by the driver, and this electronic management has also led to the race GT4, although suitably adapted. In addition, the dual triangle suspension on both axles incorporates adjustable dampers, the ABS is also adjustable and the light alloy wheels are 18 inches.

The aerodynamics is also an important point, and is that the GT4 receives a body kit developed in the wind tunnel, with a rear spoiler fully adjustable depending on the needs for each circuit or a front splitter that reduces the upward force that is Generates on the front axle.
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 will debut in competition the engine 4.0 liters V8 biturbo
Of course, the weight of the whole is a key aspect in a race car, so the brand of Affalterbach has made the chassis and body combining aluminum and carbon. The bonnet or front splitter is made of composite material with carbon fiber, while the front or transmission axles are constructed with carbon.

In terms of safety, the car has a high-strength steel anti-roll cage, FIA-approved carbon fiber safety cell, a roof safety flap or fire extinguishing system. The passenger compartment also incorporates adjustable steering column and foot pedal, backlit buttons on the steering wheel, and can even equip optional air conditioning.

Platform for new equipment or pilots

Mercedes-AMG is confident that growth in Europe in the GT4 category will continue to increase in the coming years, with more and more competitions that accommodate this type of cars. They can now compete in the Asian Blancpain GT Series, the American Pirelli World Challenge, the VLN series at the Nürburgring, the 24H Endurance Series or the legendary 24 Hours Nürburgring test, among many others.
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 will debut in competition the engine 4.0 liters V8 biturbo
"The GT4 segment is becoming more and more popular. The idea of ​​cars based on production models is an important factor, especially when you want to start in competition as a team or as a driver," said Tobias Moers, head of Mercedes-AMG. "Following our achievements in GT3, the GT4 competition is the logical next step to expand our race-client offering," he concludes.

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