Are you a fan of Mercedes-Benz and FIA GT3 European Championship racing? If so, you’re in luck: Mercedes-Benz will display the SLS AMG GT3 race car at the 2011 New York Auto Show, but they’ve launched a microsite to promote the car in the interim. The site gives detailed specifics on dimensions and design, but skips the tasty bits like performance and horsepower, since final numbers for the 2011 GT3 season haven’t yet been determined.
The car’s already seen racetrack action in the prototype E1-XP class, and the first outing didn’t go exactly as Mercedes-Benz had planned. Despite qualifying third in last weekend’s FIA GT3 race at the Nürburgring, the car was involved in an opening lap crash and ultimately finished three laps down, in 91st place. The Nürburgring event was cut short due to the number of crashes throughout the race, likely due to running over 200 cars on the storied track at the same time.
If you want to campaign your own SLS AMG GT3 in FIA competition, all it takes is an FIA license and a big bank account. The race prepped SLS AMG GT3 models sell for just over $510,000 each (including taxes), but you’ve got to factor in the cost of spare parts, tires, gas, crew and travel. If the 2011 calender also includes 12 events, I’d say a budget of $5,000,000 or so should cover a modest effort for a two car team.