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Mercedes-AMG Set for GT2 Eligibility With Track Series

Mercedes-AMG set to enter GT2 ranks with Track Series performance model…

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Mercedes-AMG is set to become eligible for SRO Motorsports Group’s GT2 category following the launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT Track Series model.

Limited to 55 units to mark the 55th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG, the Track Series is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series and uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.

It is exclusively for track use, with its 734 horsepower output making it the company’s most powerful customer sports car to date.

The Track Series, which has a list price of €369,000 ($405,600 USD), will be permitted to race in this year’s Fanatec GT2 European Series in an invitational class while official GT2 homologation is pending.

Mercedes-AMG has not stated that its new vehicle is a GT2 product, although it has described it as being appropriate for “track days and club sport events”.

Technical features include a rear-mounted six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox and adjustable four-way Bilstein dampers.

The car’s design features the drooping grille that is also used on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, plus a range of aerodynamic elements around the carbon fiber body.

According to Mercedes-AMG, the car gives “highly precise handling with unmistakable feedback” to make it suitable for both professional and amateur drivers.

Mercedes-AMG partner HWA will provide a technical support and service package to customers, including a dedicated engineer for track day and racing events.

“Everything on the GT Track Series is subordinated to the performance philosophy that has been the dominating leitmotif in the conception of our cars since the founding of Mercedes-AMG 55 years ago,” said Christoph Sagemueller, head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport.

“Our customers require the suitable vehicle for every kind of activity. Therefore, expanding our portfolio with an exclusive club sport car was logical.

“But we have even gone one step further, offering our customers not just an outstanding product with excellent performance and quality, but also a strictly limited special edition model.”

Mercedes-AMG’s head of customer racing, Stefan Wendl, added: “For the development of the Mercedes-AMG GT Track Series, we set ourselves the aspiring goal of being able to provide ambitious motorsport customers with a matured and highly exclusive track tool.

“Our engineers and motorsport experts have accomplished this in an impressive way.

“I am looking forward to our customers setting new personal records with the GT Track Series at racetracks around the world.”

The launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT Track Series follows on from last week’s announcement that Mercedes-AMG is producing an optimized version of its GT4 car for track day use.

Once homologated, it will become the sixth GT2-eligible car alongside the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, Audi R8 LMS GT2, KTM X-Bow GT2, Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2 and the Brabham BT63 GT2 Concept.

Photo: Mercedes-AMG

Photo: Mercedes-AMG

Image: Mercedes-AMG

Image: Mercedes-AMG

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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