Mercedes-AMG GT4 race car gets first track action at VLN Nurburgring

  At the VLN Nürburgring, the new Mercedes-AMG GT4 will complete its first racing laps of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. This weekend’s fifth round of the clubsport race series, from 18 – 19 August, will see two AMG GT4 on the grid, run by Mercedes-AMG Testteam Uwe Alzen Automotive and Mercedes-AMG Testteam BLack Falcon for development runs in race conditions.

The latest Mercedes-AMG Motorsport family member in the GT segment is to get its final finetuning through the experience from the teams and additional racing mileage at the demanding Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

During the ROWE 6 Stunden ADAC Ruhr-Pokal Rennen (18/19 August), further testing mileage will be added to the comprehensive test and development program of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 that already includes, among others, a 30-hour endurance test at the Lausitzring: both Uwe Alzen and Black Falcon have been Mercedes-AMG Motorsport partners in GT3 racing for many years. With test races in selected VLN rounds, they are to acquire further insights for the final finetuning prior to delivery of the new Mercedes-AMG GT4 to the first Customer Racing teams at the end of 2017.

During the fifth round of the VLN series, the teams will be competing in the SPX class as the car hasn’t yet finally been rated for the GT4 category. Thus, the focus isn’t on the sporting achievements, but rather on collecting further relevant data in racing conditions.

Uwe Alzen will be controlling the test race from the pit wall while Fabian Hamprecht, Mercedes-AMG Test and Development Driver Thomas Jäger and Mike Stursberg (all GER) will be alternating behind the wheel of the new GT4 race car.

Black Falcon has entered the quartet of Stefan Karg, Fidel Leib, Mercedes-AMG
Test and Development Driver Jan Seyffarth (all GER) and Alexander Toril (ESP) for
the six-hour race.

The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT R that was introduced
in June, 2016 and already has a particularly high level of race track performance.
The highly dynamic characteristics of the road-legal sports car were developed
further in a consequent way. In every area where the production specification could
mean a compromise for racing purposes, it is replaced by racing technology for the
Mercedes-AMG GT4. The many years of experience from the GT3 segment have
clearly been incorporated into the development.

Specifications Mercedes-AMG GT4

Dimensions Length/ width / height 4,618 mm / 1,996 mm / 1,265 mm
Wheel base 2,630 mm
Weight approx. 1390 kg*

Engine AMG 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine
Capacity 3,982 cc
Output up to 375 kW (510 hp)*
Max. torque up to 600 Nm *
Gearbox Sequential six-speed AMG competition gearbox
Bodywork Aluminium space frame
Safety Carbon driver safety cell
Suspension Aluminium double wishbones front and rear
Electronics Motorsport electronics
Steering Electro-mechanical power steering
Brakes Competition brake system/ ventilated brake discs/6 pistons front, 4 pistons rear/ diameter front 390 mm: rear 355 mm
Wheels AMG light-alloy wheels, 11×18“, forged
Tyres front / rear 305/660-18 / 305/680-18
Fuel tank capacity 120 l (motor sport safety tank)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h under 4 s*
Top speed over 250 km/h*
Retail price 198,850 Euros