Mercedes is set to return to GT racing in 2011 with the German Manufacturer set to unveil the Mercedes SLS GT3 at the New York Auto Show (April 2-11).
The SLS GT3 is designed to race in the many national GT3 Championships around the world and could join the FIA GT3 grid next year to race against the many brands already represented. It keeps the gull wing doors of the road going version but will have the race car additions of a rear wing, diffuser and other aerodynamic modifications.
“The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 is certainly one of the most beautiful cars in its class,” said Stephane Ratel, CEO of SRO Motorsports Group. “We would welcome the teams who would want to race the Mercedes SLS in the FIA GT3 European Championship next season, subject, of course, to the usual FIA homologation procedures. To have four top German manufacturers – Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche – competing in the same race on equal terms against the most prestigious Italian and British Brands – Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and the American icons - Corvette, Mustang and Viper confirms GT3 as the most successful GT category of all times and as an essential stepping stone to the GT1 World Championship”