The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series breaks the lap record at the Nürburgring
With its new GT Black Series, Mercedes-AMG has taken the crown for the fastest production car of all time on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
An “officially measured and notarially certified” time of 6 minutes, 43.616 seconds for the lap without the straight T13 and 6 minutes, 48.047 seconds for the entire lap, puts the recently introduced super sports car at the top of the road-legal “sports car” category.
This first time – offered because records set before 2019 were set without the 232-meter addition added as part of the new “official” lap – beats the previous record holder, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ with V12 engine, by just over 1.3 seconds.
The new record was set by Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer Maro Engel.
No changes were made to the GT Black series beyond those made as a production model. For example, the adjustable front distributor was extended to the race position, the spoiler blades were moved to the middle position and the adjustable coilover suspension was lowered by 5 mm at the front and 3 mm at the rear.
The camber was also adjusted to the “maximum possible values” while the stabilizers were in their hardest setting.
Mercedes claims that the GT Black Series’ nine-stage traction control system was adjusted between positions six and seven, depending on where Engel was on the lap. The factory track package was equipped with rollover protection, while the standard Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tires were fitted.
Engel described the GT Black Series as “significantly faster” than his GT3 car. The lap time was set on the same day as Mercedes-AMG’s latest record in the “Executive Class”, which was set by the GT 63 S 4-door coupe. This meant that the track temperatures were low and some parts of the track were described as “not yet completely dry”. .
The GT Black Series uses a 4.0-liter V8 engine with two turbochargers and a flat crank to deliver only 720 horsepower over the rear wheels. Although it is far from being the strongest car to have lapsed the ring, it is claimed that its aerodynamics and chassis dynamics are the key to unlocking the fastest lap yet.