The Mercedes-AMG GT R has just come out of hell and went straight into the gallery of champions, already winning awards. The Green Beast made in Affalterbach and revealed in Brooklands in June has been rewarded for its intelligent mix of materials.
With a chassis and body made of aluminium alloys, a boot lid made of steel and a front deck of magnesium, the Mercedes-AMG GT R features high-grade carbon fibre. The supercar responds precisely and directly due to reduced undesired elasticities. For all these, the GT R has won the Innovation Award at the EXPERIENCE COMPOSITES 2016, a new trade fair for fibre composite materials, lightweight design and carbon fibre components.
The parts weighing low are there not only to reduce the vehicle mass, but also to increase the torsional stiffness by 7.5%.
“We have systematically geared the entire structure of the new AMG GT R to performance using our expertise in composite materials”, says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The presence of the majorly important carbon fibre in the field of motorsport helps achieve the low weight goal of the Mercedes performance branch. The front wings and the roof are crafted in carbon fibre.
The V8 biturbo-powered GT R comes with a pack of 585 HP, which makes it the most powerful street-legal car ever built in Affalterbach. The active aerodynamics and the looks of the model specifically handcrafted by racers turn it into the meanest and greenest beast that it is. The car runs from a standstill all the way to 100 km/h in just 3.6, in its way to hitting a top speed of 318 km/h.