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Mercedes-Benz’s Newest Race Car is Coming to America


The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is going racing in the U.S.

Tuner Weistec Engineering is known within the Mercedes-Benz community for its high-performance aftermarket parts and the company has now announced that it will field a pair of AMG GT3 race cars in the upcoming 2016 Pirelli World Challenge series. Powered by a high-revving 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race cars will benefit from Weistec Engineering’s experience from tuning Mercedes and AMG engines over the years for its customers.

Instead of using the road-going AMG GT’s 4.0-liter V8, the German automaker opted to re-use the 6.2-liter V8 mill from the previous SLS GT3 race car. Performance is around 500 horsepower although rules and regulations will detune that based on the race series.

More information on the team’s campaign will be released in the coming months, including its driver lineup.

'At Weistec we develop performance in every part and our innovations not only prove themselves in a laboratory, but on the race track as well,' said Weistec’s technical director, Michael Weiss. 'Weistec has already set numerous world records utilizing the same 6.3 liter engine that propels the new GT3 car and we are excited to bring our expertise to the Pirelli World Challenge. Our passion for innovation is as strong as our customers’ desire for the finest in vehicle performance.'
Read more about the Mercedes-Benz’s Newest Race Car is Coming to America at AutoGuide.com.
 

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Now would be the best time for BMW to join the WEC because the Volkswagen Group could withdraw from World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship racing due to the diesel scandal.
Less competition for everyone else.
 

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Now would be the best time for BMW to join the WEC because the Volkswagen Group could withdraw from World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship racing due to the diesel scandal.
Less competition for everyone else.
VW is considering dropping sponsorship in football leagues, and I would imagine something like racing would be a similar type of endeavour. An unneeded cost that can be eliminated considering massive fines and such that are in VW's future.
 

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Being how big they are I thought they would have money to throw at this, although it would be a big setback. Involvement in the above works as a good form of marketing to them... best for them to focus on paying themselves first than to cut cost.
 

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They won't sink because of this but it'll put quite a large dent in their cash reserves. I think they set aside 6 billion but it could end up costing them more than that.
 
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