Though Mercedes-Benz will launch the AMG GT R on the 21st of August, the car is already making waves for the right reasons. It has managed the break the earlier record for the fastest lap by a production car by over 3 seconds!
The record was created by AMG Driver Christian Hohenadel and was supervised by FMSCI (federation of motor sports clubs in India) – Christian managed a best of 2:09.853 mins at the BIC which, for the uninitiated, is also India’s only F1 race track.
The car is being nicknamed ‘Beast of the Green Hell’ by the company. It should be noted that Mercedes cars have also created records in the past at the BIC:
2012: Timing of 2:16.57 in the SLS AMG by Norman Simon
2013: Timing of 2:14.51 in the SLS AMG by Norman again
So what makes the new AMG GT R so quick? Here are some stand-out reasons
- Its got a front-mid-engine concept with a twin turbo V8 engine putting out 585 horses
- The suspension is extensively modified, there are new aerodynamics – the name “green hell” comes from the fact that it spent most of its development time at the “Green Hell” of the Nurburgring racetrack.
- Wider front and rear wings
- Active rear wheel steering (at over 100kmph)
- Nine-way adjustable traction control
- Adjustable coil over suspension with additional electronic control
- Electronically controlled: the rear-axle limited-slip differential
- It does 0-100 in 3.6 second and has a top whack of 318 km/h
- It rides on 275/35 ZR 19 tyres up front and 325/30 ZR 20 at the rear. The street-legal racing tyres allow faster laps and up to 50 percent more mileage on the racetrack.
And the list goes on and on! We shall hold on to that till the 21st August when Mercedes will unveil the prices. Stay tuned!