Mercedes-AMG GTR: Aerodynamics for the Record
Mercedes-AMG continues to grow. The sports car and performance brand of Mercedes-Benz expanded the top end of its product range with the introduction of the new Mercedes-AMG GT R. Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than it has in the new AMG GT R. The challenge for the aerodynamic engineers was the development of a unique car with special requirements: distinctive proportions, clean coupe design, front-mid-twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 430 kW/585 hp, singular package, light weight, transaxle, extreme cooling requirements and above all, the goal of being the fastest of its class on the world’s most demanding racetrack. The result is an intelligent, distinctive and innovative combination of aerodynamic features that fits the complex requirements of this vehicle. The interaction of the active aerodynamic features provides the right aerodynamic performance for each driving situation. This allows the combination of driving dynamics of a Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car with the everyday practicality of the Mercedes-AMG GT, assuring race circuit performance and low fuel consumption. The result is a lap time of 7:11 min (Journal Sport Auto 1/2017) at the Nordschleife. Benchmark.