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Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR is a sports car and car that was built by Mercedes-AMG. and motorsports arm of Mercedes-Benz. Intended for in the new FIA GT Championship series in 1997, the CLK GTR was primarily as a race car, the road cars necessary in to meet homologation standards secondary in the car’s design. the limited production road-going were considered racing for the road.


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As the Deutsche Tourenwagen /International Touring Car Championship had in late 1996, with remaining competitors Opel and Romeo leaving due to the high of their 4WD designs, Mercedes-Benz had no top to compete in. With the success of the BPR GT Series leading to the FIA taking and turning it into an international known as the FIA GT Championship. Mercedes-Benz saw an to go against manufacturers like and Ferrari .

Following the design that had laid out with their 911 special, Mercedes-AMG was tasked by with creating an extreme car that still maintained elements of a normal street car. AMG’s designers a car which shared some elements with the Mercedes-Benz yet had all the standard features of a racing car A Mercedes-Benz M120 V12 engine be at the heart of the car, mounted the cockpit. The bodywork would be entirely of carbon fiber. and feature many aerodynamic elements and cooling openings in to survive on the race track.

To the CLK GTR before the first chassis built, Mercedes-AMG actually an unusual measure. Through Mercedes-AMG was able to purchase a McLaren F1 GTR. the defending BPR GT champion, from Larbre This purchase first Mercedes-AMG to see the kind of lap times their competitors could to serve as a measurement of the CLK GTRs However, more importantly, set about modifying this F1 GTR by bodywork that was meant to go on the CLK This allowed Mercedes-AMG to be to perfect the aerodynamics of the car before it had been built.

Upon completion of the first two a mere 128 days after the drawings had been made, the CLK were entered into the FIA GT Championship season. debuting at the at one of Mercedes-Benz’s home tracks, the Unfortunately the new cars were not to shine, as brake problems one car after five laps, and the finished over 20 laps the winning McLaren. However by the round at Silverstone, the CLK GTR began to its pace, finishing less a second behind the winning By the fourth round, returning to for the Nürburgring. a third CLK GTR was added to the In this race, Mercedes-Benz outperformed the fleet of McLarens, first and second places. The would finish out the season five more wins, at Suzuka. Donington. Sebring. and Seca. allowing them to the team championship as well as the championship for Bernd Schneider .

A CLK GTR en route to victory at the 1997 FIA GT 4 Hours

Mercedes-Benz would use the CLK GTR for the two rounds of the 1998 season upgrading to the CLK LM. However privateer Persson Motorsport would two CLK GTRs throughout the entire taking a best finish of at Oschersleben before finishing the third in the teams championship.

the CLK-GTR’s V12 engine produced 600 hp (450 kW) before developments the 1997 season increased to 630 hp (470 kW). Persson CLK GTRs remained at this output as Mercedes-AMG had moved to of the V8 in the CLK LM. [ citation needed ]

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conquering the FIA GT Championship, Mercedes-Benz set its on competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in which it had not been at since However, Le Mans presented a challenge from that in FIA GT, in that the race distances nearly one tenth the distance at Le Mans. Therefore Mercedes-AMG set altering the CLK GTR in order to meet the new required at Le Mans.

First and foremost, Mercedes-AMG that the M120 V12 would not be up to the of running for 24 hours. It was decided that Mercedes would return to an engine they had in Group C in the late 1980s, the V8. Abandoning the turbochargers that the had used in Group C and enlarging the Mercedes-AMG felt that the would have better at speeds while still the same amount of power as the due to air restrictor regulations.

Satisfied the engine, Mercedes-AMG also set altering the bodywork to better with the high speeds of Le The nose was lowered, with the front brake cooling on the sides of the nose being and replaced by a single, large in the front of the car. The roof of the car was lowered and a new engine air intake Various other mechanical were also performed. new car would become known as CLK LM, for Le Mans.

Debuting at Le Mans, the CLK LMs were quick. The two car team took the ahead of custom built cockpit Le Mans prototypes. Mercedes-AMG’s belief that the V8s would be better suited to Le was proven wrong as both suffered engine failures the first few hours of the race, Mercedes-Benz dejected.

Returning to FIA GT, replaced their older CLK with the new CLK LMs and saw greater success. The two easily won every remaining including six 1-2 finishes. This Mercedes-Benz the teams championship while Klaus Ludwig and Zonta would share the championship.

For the 1999 season, no attempted to enter the GT1 class in FIA GT for Mercedes-Benz, forcing the FIA to cancel the similar to the DTM/ITC two years Mercedes-Benz thus turned to an all-new car to overcome their at Le Mans. No longer forced to a racing car that could be a road car, Mercedes-AMG set creating the Mercedes-Benz CLR .

The CLK LM’s V8 engine produced 600 hp (450 kW), allowing it to speeds up to 330 km/h (205 in testing for the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mercedes-AMG claimed a virtual top of 335 km/h (208 mph). [ needed ] In total, four variant CLK-LMs were and one road-going version was built to with the 1998 FIA regulations.

Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
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