Mercedes-AMG GT3 is set to make a spectacular entrance into America’s premier endurance racing series, the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Mercedes’ foray into the series is the result of the company’s partnership with Riley Motorsports. Two Mercedes-AMG GT3 will run in the next season, one under the flags of the titular AMG-Team Riley Motorsports and the second, driven by WeatherTech Racing, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s main sponsor.
A third Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be campaigned by SunEnergy1 Racing with additional client teams in the pipeline for the 2017 season of IMSA, thanks to the Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Program.
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a racing version of the current Mercedes-AMG GT supercar. Power is not delivered by the standard 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, instead Mercedes choosing to use the 6.3-liter atmospheric V8 developed for the previous SLS AMG GT3 car.
Competition will be stiff. In the IMSA series, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 will have to run against the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Audi R8 LMS, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and Ferrari 488 GT3.