SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing: Last Test Event Customer Sport Version

AMGmarket.com News: Daimler Press Release/Affalterbach – Three Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s will be at the starting line for the 24-hour race in Dubai (UAE) on 14 January 2011. This first test event in 2011 also marks the completion of the development program for the racing version of the gullwing model. The three cars are being entered by the customer teams Black Falcon and Heico Motorsport. The 24-hour race in Dubai will serve to accumulate test kilometres and fine-tune the SLS AMG GT3 before deliveries begin at the end of February 2011.The SLS AMG GT3s will compete with high-caliber international sports car competitors in Class A6. The private team Black Falcon is entering two cars: start number 7 will be driven by Thomas Jäger (Munich, aged 34), Jan Seyffarth (Querfurth, 24).

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The SLS AMG GT3s will compete with high-caliber international sports car competitors in Class A6. The private team Black Falcon is entering two cars: start number 7 will be driven by Thomas Jäger (Munich, aged 34), Jan Seyffarth (Querfurth, 24), Kenneth Heyer (Wegberg, 31) and Sean Paul Breslin (London/Great Britain, 31). The cockpit of start number 8 will be shared by Ralf Schall (Dornstadt, 41), Timothy Pappas (Boston/USA, 37), Bret Curtis (Valencia/USA, 44) and David Horn (Steinbach, 37). The customer team Black Falcon has taken part in every 24-hour race in Dubai since the inception of the event in 2006.

The SLS AMG GT3 with start number 9 entered by Heico Motorsport will have Bernd Schneider (Bottighofen/Switzerland, aged 46), Lance David Arnold (Duisburg, 24), Andreas Wirth (Heidelberg, 26), Brice Bosi (Luxembourg, 24) and Christiaan Frankenhout (Amsterdam/Netherlands, 28) behind the wheel.

The official starting time is 2 p.m. (local time) on Friday, 14 January 2011. The 24-hour race on the 5.39-kilometer Grand Prix circuit of the Dubai Autodrome is being held for the sixth time in 2011. Around 90 cars are expected to take part, with drivers and teams from more than 30 countries registering for this long-distance race.

One victory and one third place in the autumn 2010 VLN races

As part of the development and test program that started in June 2010, the customer sport version of the gull-wing was entered in three VLN races (VLN = Association of Nürburgring Endurance Cup Organisers) in autumn 2010. The ninth VLN race was won by Thomas Jäger and Christopher Haase in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 entered by Black Falcon, and in the tenth race Bernd Schneider and Christian Mamerow (Mamerow Racing team) achieved third place overall.

Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jäger have absolved the entire development and test program for the SLS AMG GT3. With five championship titles in the DTM, one in the ITC and one in the FIA GT Championship, Bernd Schneider is one of Germany’s most successful racing drivers. Jäger was a DTM driver for Mercedes-Benz from 2000 to 2003. Last year he won the championship title in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, and in 2010 he took part in the ADAC GT Masters (Germany). Like Bernd Schneider, Thomas Jäger is a member of the instructor team at the AMG Driving Academy. Since 1 October 2010, Jäger has also acted as a coordinator for the AMG customer sport department. As the central point of contact, he supports the customer teams in all organizational and technical matters.

Deliveries commencing from end February 2011 after FIA homologation

Production of cars intended for customers began at the end of December. After homologation and definition of the “Balance of Performance” by the FIA, deliveries of the SLS AMG GT3 will commence at the end of February 2011. The selling price is € 334,000 (excl. VAT)/€ 397,460 (incl. 19 % VAT).

SLS AMG GT3 integrated into AMG Driving Academy from 2011

In the coming year, customers of the AMG Driving Academy will be able to drive the SLS AMG GT3 on the racetrack themselves during selected events. The program for 2011 envisages that only SLS AMG GT3 cars will be used for the “Masters” level, the most demanding level in terms of driving skills. With these unique events, the AMG Driving Academy will be offering a motor racing experience at first hand, and at a previously unattained safety level, from 2011.

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  • Nazir Jinnah

    (January 16, 2011 - 3:20 am)

    The SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing statistics sound very promising with performance and delivery of Horse power and torque for great results. I wish the best to the private team Black Falcon who is entering two cars: start number 7 driven by Thomas Jäger, Jan Seyffarth, Kenneth Heyer and Sean Paul Breslin. Also the cockpit of start number 8 will be shared by Ralf Schall, Timothy Pappas, Bret Curtis and David Horn.

    My Very best to The SLS AMG GT3 with start number 9 entered by Heico Motorsport with Bernd Schneider, Lance David Arnold, Andreas Wirth, Brice Bosi and Christiaan Frankenhout being behind the wheel.

    Bring the results home biys!

  • Mercedes Charlotte

    (January 20, 2011 - 4:47 pm)

    How many of these cars are being produced for the consumer market?

  • Bowen

    (March 1, 2011 - 6:21 pm)

    This is a fabulous-looking car. I love the curves on the outside as well as the color.

  • Dan

    (March 29, 2011 - 6:07 pm)

    Maybe I have become desensitized but approximatly 400k doesn’t seem like all that much for a fully functioning GT3 race car. It would be a fun toy for sure.

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