This SLS, constructed the employ of the final unused shell, is one of three racing automobiles marking the 50th anniversary of the Crimson Pig’s legendary Spa victory
50 years ago, Mercedes became aloof within the center of a self-imposed motorsport ban that had been in scheme for the explanation that 1955 Le Mans Catastrophe. The designate’s automobiles may per chance most probably aloof hunch by proxy, alternatively, one thing that took place by AMG, aloof a separate entity at that time.
To address the 1971 24 Hours of Spa, the young designate started with a reasonably now potentially now not self-discipline, the 300 SEL 6.3. AMG bumped up the ability to 6.8 litres, extracting 420bhp which became transferred to the tarmac by some beautifully elephantine tyres. Severely extended wheel arches covered the widened song, resulting in a car some understanding about to be moderately unsightly. And so, it received the nickname Rote Sau or Crimson Pig.
The car became effective where it mattered, alternatively. A class victory and a second-scheme total attain at Spa Francorchamps proved its efficiency, and on the 50th anniversary of that success, Mercedes needs to accept as true with a good time with now now not one but three unique racing automobiles.
One among these ‘50 Years Myth of Spa’ units isn’t truly unique at all, alternatively. It’s an SLS AMG, production of which stopped for boulevard automobiles in 2014 and GT3 racers a year later. To construct it, Mercedes dusted off the final unused SLS Gullwing shell, constructed it up in GT3 spec, and gave it the iconic purple and yellow livery.
Next up is a 2016MY AMG GT3, which is ready to learn rather then its more contemporary sibling due to an excellent smaller grille. It aloof makes employ of the 6.2-litre, naturally-aspirated V8 as the SLS – AMG never took its 4.0-litre twin-turbo GT3 racing.
The final car is a 2020MY AMG GT3, which is end to an similar to the auto Mercedes within the meantime races, with a pair of variations. It has a brand unique efficiency utilize, and as with the more than a few two automobiles here, there’s no air restrictor, which formulation its V8 develops a whopping 650bhp.
None of these is merely for pronounce: Mercedes is promoting the lot. You’re having a stare upon (other than VAT) €500,000 for the 2016 GT3, €575,000 for the 2020 GT3, and €650,000 for the SLS.
With moderately of luck, these can accept as true with better fates than the customary Crimson Pig. That car became equipped to French company Matra for the applications of aircraft tyre attempting out, a job which in time would abolish it.