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Mercedes-AMG to reveal new GT4 at Spa-Francorchamps - Photo: Supplied

Mercedes-AMG to reveal new GT4 at Spa-Francorchamps – Photo: Supplied

This weekend’s Spa 24 Hour will see Mercedes reveal its latest customer car, the Mercedes-AMG GT4.

The first priority markets for the third GT car to be designed and built by Mercedes-AMG have been revealed with the IMSA Continental Tires Series and Pirelli World Challenge in the US, Blancpain GT Series Asia, VLN and the Nurburgring 24-Hour in Germany, both the Northern and Southern components of the European GT4 Cup and our very own Australian GT Trophy Series.

“The GT4 segment is getting more and more popular. The production-based concept is an important factor, especially when you want to get started in motorsport as a team or as a driver. For some teams, the GT4 category also serves as a sensible addition to their existing involvement in GT3, for instance to support young drivers,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

“For us as a manufacturer, GT4 competition is a logical next step to extend our Customer Racing Programme. After the achievements in GT3 racing, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is opening another valuable platform for us to prove our competence as a globally successful sports car and performance brand. There is no doubt that we will once again be setting new benchmarks in the segment with the latest member in our Customer Racing Programme.”

Mercedes-AMG GT4 during testing - Photo: Supplied

Mercedes-AMG GT4 during testing – Photo: Supplied

Test and development of the car has been led by drivers Bernd Schneider, Thomas Jager and Jay Seyffarth has undergone over 30,000km of testing and has successfully completed a 30-hour endurance test at the Lausitzring.

The engine is the V8 biturbo motor featured in the road car, but has been tuned to produce 375kw of power and 600Nm of torque. A sequential six-speed gearbox links to a transaxle rear axle, which is pneumatically operated.

Weight and safety are the main features that have been improved over the road car with the chassis and bodywork comprising of aluminium and carbon. Driver protection was the priority and as many components as possible from the GT3 car have been utilised in the GT4. A strong steel rollcage screw onto the aluminium spaceframe, a carbon safety cell that protects the driver’s shoulders, hips and legs, while an extraction hatch and a competition-spec fire extinguisher round out the features.

The car also features AMG Traction Control, racing engine control, torque control and multi-adjustable ABS are standard items across the board for the amateur based class.

The new car will be available later this year ahead of its competition debut next year.

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