Mercedes-AMG’s newest sports car is the most track-ready vehicle the company makes. That means it’s the perfect platform to use as the basis for a racer.
Daimler, Mercedes’ parent company, announced Monday it will expand the AMG Customer Sport program to include a new GT4 race car.
Currently in development, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 will be based on the 2017 GT R road car.
“The development of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is another important step in the continuing expansion of our Mercedes-AMG motorsport program,” Tobias Moers, chairman of the management board of Mercedes-AMG, said in a statement. “The excellent feedback of our Customer Sports teams concerning the AMG GT3 and the increasing interest for GT4 race cars strengthened us in our decision. We are delighted to address an even larger target group of amateur and professional drivers and teams in the future with it.”
In addition to upgrading the GT R so it adheres to FIA GT4 regulations, Mercedes is also focused on ensuring the race car will be relatively “user-friendly.” This is important as the car will be sold to various customer teams, so it can’t be tailored to one person’s specific driving style.
Considering Mercedes-AMG nicknamed the GT R the “Beast of the Green Hell,” we can’t wait to see how much of an animal it is once it’s transformed into a race car.
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