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SLS AMG GT3 Headed to Spa Styled after 300 SEL 6.8 [Car Porn]

Forty years after Mercedes took home an historic 2nd place finish at the 24 Hours of Spa, the German automaker will look to recreate history with a new SLS AMG GT3 race car styled after the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG that competed there in 1971. That car surprised everyone taking second place overall and first in its class in the endurance classic, inaugurating a successful start for the first-ever AMG to compete in motorsports.

And to draw an even stronger historical tie, one of the drivers, Kenneth Heyer, is the son of Hans Heyer, who along with Clemens Schickentanz piloted the big Benz to the winners circle.

“It’s a great honour, exactly 40 years after my father’s success, for me to be bringing the Black Falcon SLS AMG GT3 to the starting line of the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps.” said Heyer. “Together with my team colleagues, I will be trying to achieve at least second place. The car will no doubt attract plenty of attention in the line-up with its look reminiscent of the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, but naturally the focus will be on a good racing performance. The SLS AMG GT3 has the potential for a place on the winner’s rostrum, but as we all know, a 24-hour race obeys laws of its own.”

In addition to this car, Mercedes-Benz will field six more SLS AMG GT3s at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, which runs July 30th and 31st.

To help celebrate the occasion, Mercedes got the two cars together for an on-track photo shoot that any car nut can’t help but drool over.
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