The new Mercedes-AMG GT2 is the most remarkable customer race car the German firm has yet created.
Joining the successful GT3 and GT4 race cars, the GT2 plans to grow Mercedes’ customer racing programme to beginner drivers and demonstrates Affalterbach’s ambition to take a leading role in the GT2 segment. It is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT road car, which will be replaced in 2023 by a hard-top sibling of the new Mercedes-AMG SL.
Powered by the recognizable 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 utilized in the GT4 and other AMG production cars, the GT2’s engine is tuned to convey 697bhp and 590lb ft. (like the 690bhp Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport) to the back tires through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
Somewhere else, it includes a mechanical locking differential with configurable shock absorbers, adjustable anti-roll bars, ventilated six-piston brake calipers at the front (four-pots on the rear) and multi-adjustable anti-lock braking.
The result is a car that weighs under 1400kg with air conditioning, meaning it’s slightly heavier than but still competitive with the 1350kg Audi R8 LMS GT2. The point, said Mercedes, was to ensure that “gentlemen drivers who don’t race every weekend can control this enormous power in a commanding and safe way all the time”.
Aerodynamics features likewise have a huge part to play in guaranteeing solid dealing with to permit beginners to construct certainty on the track. In that capacity, the swan-neck back wing has a wide point of customizability and there are sizeable new vents coordinated into the front wings to increment wind stream. The GT2’s cockpit has been developed with driver ergonomics in mind to ensure that it’s as user-friendly and intuitive as possible for a less experienced audience.
No pricing details have been announced, but the GT2 is expected to be priced from around £400,000, in line with its competitors.