The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Is Cheaper to Crash

Thanks to a new front end design, hitting the wall won't be as costly as it was before.

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On the eve of the 2019 24 Hours of Nurburgring, Mercedes-AMG has unveiled its updated GT3 race car, with new looks and a whole lot of clever updates underneath the skin.

The changes to the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT3 aren't centered around outright performance, but rather ease of use and cost management. The 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8 under the hood now has a longer interval between rebuilds, while the front and rear wings are easier to adjust during pit stops. The front of the car has also been reworked to, get this, cut down on repair costs after crashes. From AMG's press release:

An optimized front section of the car protects the radiator more effectively and a newly developed integral beam raises the protection level of the units in the front of the car (engine, front axle, steering etc.). With these improvements, Mercedes-AMG helps to ensure that minor accidents and collisions in particular lead to less costs for the teams in the future, or optimally no costs at all.

Perhaps the coolest new piece of tech is what Mercedes calls the "Drop Start" feature. It's a function in the car's ECU that automatically fires up the engine as soon as the car is dropped from its air jacks. That means the driver doesn't have to think about starting the engine before taking off from the pits—the car does it for them, which means one less thing to worry about. Pretty smart.

Mercedes will be running the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in a 30-hour endurance test to ensure its durability. Deliveries for the the car will begin at the tail end of 2019.

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