Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 celebrates forty years of history with 3rd place finish at Spa-Francorchamps

21 Aug 2011
Celebrating 40 years since the success of his father, Hans Heyer in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG that made the marquee world famous overnight, Kenneth Heyer alongside other drivers Thomas Jager and Stephane Lemeret drove the Black Falcon team’s SLS AMG GT3 to a commendable third place at the recent Spa-Francorchamps 24hr race. The current race car has been given the same look as the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG that made the AMG name world famous overnight back in 1971.

"It's a great honour, exactly 40 years after my father's success, for me to be bringing the Black Falcon SLS AMG GT3 to the starting line of the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps," Kenneth Heyer remarked.

The Black Falcon was the best of the four Mercedes-AMG customer teams with the near-production SLS AMG GT3 in the 24h race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. After a full 24 hours, Kenneth Heyer/Thomas Jäger/Stéphane Lémeret finished third, a mere 10 laps behind the winners. After a total race distance of 545 laps and 2,371 miles, this is a gap of only 43 miles.

For drivers wishing to experience the incredible performance of the SLS GT3 car for themselves, orders can be placed directly with Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The vehicle is only available with left-hand drive.


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