Half a century ago this week, Mercedes-Benz and its AMG-enhanced 300 SEL 6.8 took home a class victory and second place overall at the 24 Hours of Spa. To celebrate the anniversary of this hugely important moment for the brand, Mercedes-AMG just unveiled three GT3 car tributes, one for each generation of GT3 race car since 2010. Known as the 50 Years Legend of Spa editions, only one of each of these machines is destined for the track.
The 50 Years Legend of Spa edition lineup consists of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, a 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT3, as well as a current example of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The SLS AMG GT3 is particularly interesting, as the model on which its based left production back in 2015. According to Mercedes, the car was completed by using the last available bodyshell in its warehouse. The later models didn’t face this same challenge, with the newest car, in particular, being a dead-ringer for the cars you’ll see on the grid this weekend. The three tribute cars aren’t required to meet FIA regulations, and as such, feature a freer-breathing exhaust system behind the shared 6.3-liter V-8 engine. That helps the car produce a healthy 650 hp, significantly more than in standard race-trim.
All three 50 Years Legend of Spa edition cars feature the same distinctive red paint as the 1971 winner, as well as graphics inspired by that car’s sponsor package. The chassis have also been painted in a Graphite Metallic Matt finish, while a special set of wheels sit at all four corners. The interior has been treated to some commemorative touches as well, such as a “50 Years Legend of Spa” logo on the seats, specific badging, red seat belts, and a matte carbon instrument cluster. Like the proper track machines that they are, all three models will be delivered on racing slicks. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.