Hamilton's Green Envy
Somehow I don’t think AMG got the message from Mercedes-Benz when they were asked to “go green” and gave us the 318kmh AMG GT R. So we asked F1 champ, Lewis Hamilton what he would do to make it his own.
It’s not every day that a multiple Formula One world champion gatecrashes your exclusive preview of a new supercar. So instead of me telling you about the new 585bhp, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R, I’m going to let Lewis Hamilton do the talking for a change.
Blasting to 100kmh in 3.6 seconds and holding a 318kmh top speed, the GT R is the fastest production Mercedes produced yet and despite its heavy use of hand fabricated components inside, outside and under the bonnet, AMG has declared that it won’t be a limited run but will be produced in numbers guided by market demand.
To the casual observer, the GT R may look similar to the AMG GT but thanks to its global GT3 motor racing program that kicked off with the Dubai 24-Hour endurance race, the GT R is a major step up from the GT that includes a rework of its aero kit, suspension, engine and use of lightweight materials.[To be continued...]
AMG GT R
Formula One world champ Lewis Hamilton drives an AMG Mercedes as his company car every second Sunday and usually wins races with it. But what’s on his wish list for a weekday run-around?
The AMG GT R is the most race-focused Mercedes in years, adopting many of the secrets learned on the GT3 race circuit and most notably the “Green Hell” that is the Nurburgring. It’s also a car Lewis Hamilton wants in his driveway.
For a guy who spends his weekends racing in Formula One and winning multiple world championships, you would think that when it comes to kitting out his own road car, Lewis Hamilton would be all about the performance mods. But not quite.
“I haven’t ordered my AMG GT R yet but I’m thinking I’ll go for black on black like the Night Rider with some kind of red LED light across the nose, seriously.
“For the interior; suede and some carpet maybe. Generally with the cars I get, I rarely show the carbon fibre because I race in a carbon fibre car all the time so I usually have them painted but the GT R is more of a racing car, so I’d probably have two-tone inside with suede and as much gloss carbon as I can show. [To be continued...]