What comes after Black Series? If you’re Mercedes-AMG, the answer is Track Series.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Track Series is a track-only take on the soon-to-be-replaced AMG GT Black Series.
Just 55 will be built in a nod to the fact AMG is now 55 years old, blending elements from the road car with parts from the GT4 and GT3 versions. Although supply is expected to be tight, Australians are able to order the Track Series.
Power comes from a version of the turbocharged flat-plane crank V8 engine from the Black, pumping out 580kW and 850Nm thanks to motorsports injectors and a tweaked ECU.
It’s sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission, rather than the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the road car.
Under the skin, the Track Series rides on four-way adjustable Bilstein dampers. Along with low- and high-speed settings for both rebound and compression, you’re able to adjust the ride height. The anti-roll bars are also individually adjustable.
Carbon fibre has been used for most of the body panels and aerodynamics elements, helping keep kerb weight down to 1400kg.
The aggressive aerodynamics package is designed to balance cooling with downforce, and owners can adjust the rear wing through a few different positions based on the track they’re driving. The car rides on 18-inch wheels wrapped in proper motorsports tyres.
Central to the cabin – aside from the high-tensile steel roll cage and FIA-approved bucket seat and fire extinguisher – is the dial for the 12-mode traction control and ABS system.
Drivers are able to dial in exactly how much assistance they’d like, from a properly hands-on mode to everything off.
The steering wheel has been developed in conjunction with a simulator manufacturer, and the dashboard is home to a Bosch driver display with proper race-ready data logging.
Along with the car, Mercedes-AMG will offer training for prospective buyers keen to get the most out of their new GT Track Series. Support for track days will be offered as well, in keeping with the sort of treatment a GT4 or GT3 team would see.
Technical support will come courtesy of HWA AG, and Mercedes-AMG will allow owners to order spares or accessories through an online portal.
Keen on a Track Series? Best get saving. The price is listed as €369,000 excluding taxes ($542,000), and you’ll need to buy direct from the motorsports department at Affalterbach.