Mercedes CLK-GTR & CLK-LM 1997-1998
In 1997 a new regulation known as GT1 was initiated by FIA-GT. Porsche, Nissan, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz prepared contenders. The regulation stipulated at least 25 road versions to be built for qualification. Mercedes launched the CLK-GTR in 1997 which won the World Championship with 6 victories. Bernd Schneider who was a famous DTM champion was at the wheel of the winning CLK-GTR. Mercedes-Benz won again in the 1998 Championship with the CLK-GTR and following CLK-LM. During 1998 Mercedes accumulated 10 victories with the CLK-GTR and the CLK-LM . Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta won the driver's title in 1998 with AMG-Mercedes team.
The Mercedes CLK-GTR racing , jointly developed with AMG, was the first production racing car with a Daimler-Benz mid-engine. It was propelled by GT112 V12 engine with 6 litres displacement and producing around 600 hp (441 kW). The road-going coupe based on the CLK-GTR had a V12 mid-engine which, from a 6,9 litres displacement, developed 560 hp (412 kW) and achieved a maximum torque of 720 Nm.
The CLK-LM took over during the 1998 racing season. The new racing car powered with a V8 engine was initially developed specifically for the Le Mans 24-hour race. While Mercedes-Benz did not win the marathon event in June 1998, the rest of the season was extremely successful, and Klaus Ludwig was the 1998 FIA GT champion in his CLK-LM.
Texte Paul Damiens - Photos Daimler Benz
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