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We’ve already known that former Formula 1 double world champion Mika Häkkinen will be piloting an SLS AMG GT3, and now we have our first preview of him preparing to get back behind the wheel in a competitive fashion.
It’s been four long years since Mika has raced competitively, so it’s interesting to see how Mercedes-Benz is hyping it up. Really for us, the video is all about staring at the amazingly beautiful SLS AMG GT3 taking laps around a real race track in its full glory. There is seriously very few race cars that rivals the SLS AMG GT3 in the aesthetics department.
Check out the video after the break.
You will never be able to buy one off the showroom floor, but that shouldn’t stop you from drooling over the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, a race version of Mercedes’ most extreme sports car.
At a sticker price of $430,000, the GT3 version is the psychotic sibling of the standard car, and only a shadow of a similarity remains. The necessary add-ons like a rear wing, center-lock wheels, widened carbon fiber bodywork and all the safety equipment needed to go racing are in place, not to mention a new 6-speed sequential gearbox and a cool air-jack system that negates the need for a hand operated unit.
The video doesn’t show too much of the car’s capabilities, but we do get some great audio of the SLS AMG’s NASCAR-like exhaust note. Expect to see this at racetracks far and wide, but never bearing a license plate.
Hit the jump to see the video
Mercedes-Benz‘s SLS AMG now has a full-blown race version available to order for those who have almost half a million dollars burning a hole in their pocket.
The SLS GT3 will be prepared for GT3 class racing where it will go up against some tough competition like Aston Martin, Porsche and Audi. The car, which was developed by AMG and HWA, Mercedes’ go-to tuning shops, will be delivered in February of 2011, giving teams ample time to do pre-season testing. Unfortunately, engine output hasn’t been announced as the FIA is still deciding on the maximum output for the AMG V8 engine.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
Hit the jump to see the official press release