Will feel as close as possible to an F1 car.
Three time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton recently attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed to help launch the Mercedes-AMG GT R. However, his involvement with the model could go deeper, as the driver has revealed he wants to develop a self-named special edition.
In an interview with Motoring, Hamilton said the company approached him about the GT R project and asked him to get involved. At this point, the car had already been designed so Hamilton had "all these ideas but they couldn’t be added" to the model so late in the game.
This didn't dissuade the racing driver as he noted "we’ve spoken about doing a limited-edition, an LH Series, at some stage. Whether it’s this car or another one, I will be very, very hands on."
Hamilton was coy on specifics but told the publication “There’s no one that can set the car up like I can set it up." He went on to say whatever model he ends up developing will feel as close as possible to an F1 car.
As a refresher, the Mercedes-AMG GT R features an aggressive body kit and a number of carbon fibre components which enable it to weigh 99 pounds (45 kilograms) less than the GT S. The car has also been equipped with an upgraded biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine which develops 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the extra power and reduced weight, the GT R accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometres per hour) in 3.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 198 mph (319 km/h).