(from Daimler Press
Release) Limited-edition customer sport racing car to mark the
45th birthday: Exclusive collector's item – The new SLS AMG GT3
With the new SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY", Mercedes-AMG is
presenting an exclusively appointed special series which is aimed at
car collectors with a particular penchant for motor racing. The
customer sport racing car is being built by hand in a limited
edition of no more than five vehicles in Affalterbach. Record DTM
champion and AMG brand ambassador Bernd Schneider is involved
hands-on in the production process, installing the AMG 6.3-litre V8
engine in the SLS AMG GT3
"45th ANNIVERSARY" together with an AMG engine fitter.
collector’s item is also a synonym for the successful AMG Customer
Sports Programme: With currently 32 victories in the 2012 Motor
Sports Season and the winning of three driver and team titles in the
FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA GT1
World Championship, the race edition of the gullwing car of
Mercedes-AMG is an impressive success story as well.
A number of exterior and
interior modifications have been carried out for the special SLS AMG
GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" model. The body of the SLS AMG GT3 "45th
ANNIVERSARY" gleams auspiciously in the new designo magno graphite
matt paint finish, for example. To date, this matt paintwork has
been exclusive to the SL 65 AMG "45th ANNIVERSARY", which was
unveiled to mark the 45th birthday of Mercedes-AMG at the New York
International Auto Show in April 2012. The AMG light-alloy wheels in
designo magno graphite complement the body's matt paintwork to
Another eye-catching feature is the striking "45 Years of Driving
Performance" logo framed in silver on the GT3 racing car's gullwing
doors. The special edition's logo embodies consummate design right
down to the finer points of detail: closer inspection reveals the
exposed carbon-fibre structure of the gullwing doors under the matt
paintwork. The doors, along with the bonnet, mudguards, boot lid,
rear wings, front and rear apron, front splitter and rear diffusor,
are produced in the particularly lightweight motorsport material
CFRP (CFRP = carbon fibre reinforced plastic).
The interior of the SLS
AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" evokes a functional racing car
atmosphere, refined by high-quality, exclusive details: the steel
roll-over cage is finished in matt "designo magno graphite" to match
the exterior. The racing car's dashboard and centre console sport a
matt carbon-fibre finish. Effective contrasts are produced by
six-point seat belts and a steering wheel spider in silver.
The collector's item
also boasts a seat shell in a high-strength carbon-fibre safety cell
on the co-driver's side. A special badge with a "1 of 5" logo on the
seats and the centre console alludes to the limited production run
for this racing car. The standard appointments for the SLS AMG GT3
"45th ANNIVERSARY" are rounded off by a high-quality AMG indoor car
cover with "45 Years of Driving Performance" logo.
Bernd Schneider as a VIP engine
In keeping with the
exclusive exterior and interior equipment and appointments, the
engineering under the bonnet is of a similarly exclusive standard.
48 year-old racing driver Bernd Schneider is assisting the
responsible AMG engine fitter in installing the naturally aspirated
AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine. The special AMG engine badge bearing the
signatures of Bernd Schneider and the responsible engine fitter
attest to this high-calibre duo's handiwork. Customers who acquire
one of the rare SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" models also receive
an exclusive vehicle certificate signed by Bernd Schneider.
The five-times DTM
champion, overall ITC winner from 1995 and FIA GT world champion
from 1997 works for Mercedes-AMG as a brand ambassador and an
instructor at the AMG Driving Academy.
As an established expert in the field of SLS AMG GT3 customer sport
Bernd Schneider has carried out the majority of the test drives for
the racing version of the gullwing model. He also participates in
selected races as part of the AMG driver support set-up. Bernd
Schneider competed for various AMG customer teams in 2012, including
the 24-hour Dubai race, at the Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps.
In the ninth race of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring,
Bernd Schneider took a start position together with Jeroen
Bleekemolen (NED) for the AMG Customer Team Black Falcon and won the
4-hour race. After numerous podium positions in the past two years,
this was his first victory with the SLS AMG GT3.
Vehicle handover directly at AMG
Handover of the SLS AMG
GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" takes place directly at Mercedes-AMG in
Affalterbach, where customers are also granted exclusive insights
into the AMG world and have an opportunity to sample AMG's hallmark
excellent service and support quality. An in-depth introduction to
operation of the new vehicle and its engineering and technology is
provided in the new 360 square-metre handover hall. In the case of
this special GT3 racing car, this instruction is provided personally
by AMG brand ambassador Bernd Schneider.
The programme also
includes a tour of the factory, taking in the AMG Performance
Studio, where exclusive series of individual AMG cars and one-off
vehicles are developed and hand-made. This is followed by a visit to
the AMG engine "Manufaktur" (hand-finishing section), where Bernd
Schneider and the AMG engine fitter assembled this special AMG
6.3-litre V8 engine by hand. On request, the SLS AMG GT3 "45th
ANNIVERSARY" customer can enjoy a race track coaching session as
part of an initiation event with the vehicle.
Price for Germany (incl.
19% VAT): SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" € 446,250
Success on four continents,
exemplary safety standard
The Mercedes-Benz SLS
AMG GT3 is the racing version of the SLS AMG which has been designed
for customer sport. 49 such vehicles for short- and long-distance
races have been delivered worldwide to date. In its first season in
2011, the gullwing model quickly established itself as the most
successful newcomer of the motorsport year. International customer
teams competing on four continents notched up a total of 26 wins.
The vehicle's successful run was crowned when HEICO Motorsport won
the team rankings at the FIA GT3 European Championship with its two
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s – the first title for the gullwing model
in its first full racing season.
In the 2012 motorsport
season the SLS AMG GT3 is competing in more than 15 racing series on
four continents, including the FIA GT1 World Championship, the FIA
GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT Masters, the VLN Endurance
Championship at the Nürburgring and the Blancpain Endurance Series.
The triple victory in the 24-hour Dubai race in January 2012, three
driver and team titles in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the
ADAC GT Masters, the FIA GT1 World Championship and numerous places
on the podium at various short-distance, 4- and 6-hour races
demonstrate the SLS AMG GT3's sporty performance in impressive
style. For the time being, the 2012 season comprises 32 victories
(1st October 2012).
The SLS AMG GT3
additionally offers an exemplary standard of safety which currently
sets standards in GT3 racing. Mercedes-AMG develops and produces the
customer sport racing car in close cooperation with HWA AG. HWA is
responsible for development and deployment of the Mercedes AMG
C-Class Coupés in the DTM on behalf of and in on-going consultation
with Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.