As the Formula One season draws to an end with its final race of the year in the Yas Marina Circuit, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East hosted an exclusive event with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE reigning champion Lewis Hamilton. The event unleashed Mercedes-AMG’s most powerful beast yet: the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT R. Also known as the Beast of the Green Hell, the powerhouse car remained captive in a wooden cage on Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi until it was released before assembled guests by its true racing master: Lewis Hamilton.
“We are delighted to be welcoming Lewis Hamilton back here in the very same venue where we launched the A 45 4MATIC Champions Edition last year. We are here this time with an even bigger force – a powerful beast that was made for the most challenging racetracks of the world. The GT R combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 racing car with the everyday practicality of the AMG GT. It’s a true technical marvel that deserves its moniker as the Beast of the Green Hell, and there’s no one better than Lewis to release it,” commented Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing & Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East.
From the world's most demanding racetrack directly onto the road: Never before has Mercedes AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle. The front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, the twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 430 kW/585 hp, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience. Even from afar, the exclusive "AMG green hell magno" special paintwork leaves no doubt as to the sports car's origin, having spent most of its development time in the "Green Hell" of the Nurburgring racetrack.
Aerodynamics engineers and designers worked intensively to create a flawless balance between the classy serenity of Mercedes and the thrilling, energetic genes of the AMG brand. Form follows function, and function supports form: All elements of the GT R possess an inherent technical benefit and contribute to enhancing driving dynamics. Aerodynamics experts managed to make the designers' ambitious aspirations a reality.
Lewis Hamilton is currently in the UAE capital to defend his Grand Prix Championship title for the fourth time. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix sees 13 teams and 22 drivers compete in the final of the 21 Grand Prix races for both the World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. Mercedes-AMG currently dominates the Championship, with Nico Rosberg in the lead followed by Lewis Hamilton.
“We wish Lewis and Nico all the best in this final race. This has been yet another exciting F1 season, thanks to the strength, skill and passion of the entire Mercedes-AMG team,” said Mueller-Teut.
The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE team is competing at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 25-27 November 2016 in Yas Marina Circuit.