This Is How Mercedes-AMG Conquered The Nurburgring

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With the awesome GT Black Series.

Black Series cars represent the pinnacle of Mercedes-AMG engineering and have been around since 2006 when the SLK 55 AMG Black Series was first introduced. The most recent car to come out of this stable is the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. This is the sixth car to wear the illustrious Black Series badge and was built with the sole intention of destroying the Nurburgring lap time record set by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ at 6 minutes, 44.97 seconds. The GT Black Series managed to beat this time earlier in November with a time of 6 minutes, 43.616 seconds, and a new behind-the-scenes video shows what it took to break the record.

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The car that set the new lap time record is a fully street-legal machine that can be driven to the track and back home again without the need for any modifications or tire changes. Mercedes-AMG offers the GT Black Series' Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires in two compounds depending on weather conditions, and for the record attempt, the softer compound was selected. Professional GT3 driver Maro Engel says that the team worked with the car's adjustable aerodynamic systems, including the front splitter and massive rear wing to obtain the perfect level of downforce, and also played with the ride height, camber, toe, and damping levels to match the harsh road conditions of the Nurburgring.

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Engel worked closely with the AMG team to perfectly set up the car before the record attempt, despite it being blisteringly fast without the need for any major adjustments. The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 720 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the end result is a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 202 mph. The best part about the GT Black Series' record attempt is how effortless the car made it seem. Well done Mercedes-AMG.

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