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Mercedes-AMG Expecting “More Than Ten” GT4 Cars for North America Debut

Mercedes-AMG is expecting to deliver an initial batch of “more than ten” of its new GT4 cars to North American customers ahead of the 2018 season, according to company chairman Tobias Moers…

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Mercedes-AMG is expecting to deliver an initial batch of “more than ten” of its new GT4 cars to North American customers ahead of the 2018 season, according to company chairman Tobias Moers, who has revealed a higher demand than build capacity for the first part of next year.

The German manufacturer will break into the emerging GT platform with its all-new Mercedes-AMG GT4, which made its competition debut in August and has since completed multiple endurance races in Europe.

With the U.S. among the first in its target markets, Moers said efforts are being made to allocate the first batch of cars to customers competing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge, which sees its seasons kick off in January and March, respectively.

“You can expect more than ten cars,” Moers told Sportscar365. “We are limited always when you start production. We actually discussed, we’ll deliver the first cars before the Roar [in December].

“It’s really a run on the car. We have to figure out who will get the first ones. We’ll deliver how the season starts.

“As Daytona is early, we have to have cars here. Then Europe, then Asia as well.”

Winward/HTP Motorsport has already announced plans for a two-car GS class effort in Continental Tire Challenge, with a number of other teams, including RS1, Murillo Racing and Mercedes-AMG’s factory-supported GT3 operation, Riley Motorsports, understood to be finalizing entries for next year as well.

While official car sales have yet to begin, Moers said they currently have more letters of intent than initial build capacity.

“It’s more than we can produce at the very beginning,” he said. “So we have to step back in Asia for 2018, and have to be focused on the U.S., then Europe.”

Moers indicated to the potential for the car to surpass the total build numbers of its Mercedes-AMG GT3, which debuted in 2016 and is set to see the 100th car produced later this year.

Jaeger: Mercedes-AMG GT4 Has “A Lot of Potential”

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Program Coordinator Thomas Jaeger believes its new GT4 car has the most potential in its customer racing lineup.

Powered by a four-liter V8 twin-turbo engine, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is based on the GT R road car, which is a step above the AMG GT that forms the basis of the Mercedes-AMG GT3.

“That’s also an advantage of our car,” Jaeger told Sportscar365. “Because it has a lot of potential. The GT R road car is a great base, and that’s why it was more-or-less easier to create a good race car.

“At the moment the performance level in GT4 is low but if you’d like to, you can put in more power, and then it’s good. We think we attract track day drivers.

“Our philosophy is to deliver a great product, that for the lifecycle of the car, in the five-year homologation period, that we don’t need expensive performance updates.”

Jaeger said the car has already completed nearly 20,000 miles of running, including multiple 12 and 24-hour races in Creventic’s 24H Series competition. 

“We want to make sure when you deliver so many cars, that you don’t have any issues,” he said. “It has to be easy to use. We have to make sure it’s a well-developed product. The customers also expect it from you.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Sol Shine

    October 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Well, they’re going to send GT4 further into the joke of the month club. It’s already there with the supercars like McLaren being in it, but this will just put the nail in the lid even tighter. If I’m Porsche, Ford, GM, companies that sell cars the average person can buy, I’m taking my chips and going elsewhere. Unless of course SRO gets its head out of its arse and starts actually balancing this class. As it is the thing is a total joke. And by the way, what bragging rights does MB or McLaren get when they beat cars based on road cars selling for $30K with one of their $200K plus supercars? The logic escapes me. But then again, Barnum’s axiom is still true, even more today than ever before. One born every minute.

    • Justin Porter

      October 27, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Couple of really silly factual errors there chief.

      1: AMG GT – base price $111,200. Considerably less than $200k and cheaper in fact than the Maserati Gran Turismo and only slightly more than the Aston Martin Vantage.

      2: Mustang is based on the GT350R, not the GT. That’s a $60k car, not a 30K car.

      3: Mustang and Camaro GT4’s are the MOST expensive ready-to-race in GT4, not the least. Starting with a less developed base car means more trick parts and therefore more cost.

      4: McLaren 570S doesn’t even cost $200k. Try $188k and because of how little they do to make it a race car the GT4 rings in at $209k which is roughly 10k LESS than the GT4 Mustang.

      In other words. You’re wrong.

    • Mo

      October 27, 2017 at 10:14 am

      What is your gripe about? The competitors are happy and the fans are happy. GT4 with TCR is not a joke, it’s one fine racing series that I can’t wait to see. We want to see McLarens and Mercedes AMGs racing against Mustangs and Camaro’s. In case you are unaware, the previous GS regs had car counts down to less than ten. In America, Mercedes and McLaren get a lot of bragging rights for beating Mustangs and Camaro’s , and Mustangs and Camaro’s get bragging rights for beating McLarens and Mercedes. Hey, even Turner is returning to GS with the new BMW GT4.

  2. Gene in Texas

    October 27, 2017 at 9:53 am

    The GT4 class is exploding worldwide. Kudos to both IMSA and PWC for adopting the specs, thus getting these cars in front of US racing fans. Yes the cost to race at this level is creeping up, but other series/classes are taking advantage and creating less expensive alternatives.

    Porsche, Ford and Chevrolet won 8 of the 10 races last year in the CTSC (with Chevy not entering 4 events). I for one love seeing the Mustangs and Camaros whipping up on the supercars. The more the merrier!

  3. jason

    October 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I don’t like how the rear wings are so small. Kind of makes GT4 cars look ugly.

    • Matt

      October 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      GT4 cars shouldn’t even have wings. Now that everything has gone over to boring paddle-shift trans, I wish try to make some aspect of driver skill stand out for good drivers. These cars are so overloaded with TCS and ABS and they don’t even have that much power. I also hope we get an unmuffled version of these cars in the US because they’re so quiet as they are. The GS class of 2011 was much better.

  4. guest

    October 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

    At this rate, Porsche needs to switch their GT4 to a 911 Turbo.

  5. CaptKaloy

    October 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Why isn’t Jaguar developing GT cars?

    • Bob

      October 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Because Jag would apparently rather be an also-ran in FE. The closest thing to GT racing they’ll be doing is the F-pace (a goddamned SUV) single-make series…

  6. Binky

    October 27, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    AMG couldn’t build enough AMG GT3’s during its first year either, and lost some customers as a result.

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