Not the real ‘Ring yet, but there is one ring where the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series could shake off its rivals: the Hockenheimring.
You may know: when the time came for the sixth Mercedes Black Series to behold, the undersigned was skeptical. In my opinion, a Black Series was always some sort of parody of the track car. While rivals would do anything to beat a lap time by 0.2 seconds, you could put a Black Series all over the place and laugh so hard that that lap time could be stolen. The skepticism has to do with the fact that the AMG GT Black Series is suddenly dead serious. Mercedes is in it to win it.
Isn’t Mercedes a little late then? It had been a few years ago that a whole war took place between certain brands who wanted to clock a lap of the Nürburgring as soon as possible. Candidates for ‘the fastest’ were the Ferrari 488 Pista, Lamborghini Huracán Performante and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. The latter was then also tackled by Manthey Racing to shave some time off the fastest lap. The record is currently held by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. In short: if Mercedes is really serious about this, then the Black Series must be rock solid.
Fast on Hockenheimring
Lap times are one of the few things about a car that you can’t measure unless you’re actually driving a copy of the car around a track. So we knew that the latest Black Series has 730 horsepower and is packed with stuff that is not there for decoration. Not least the colossal wing on the back. We have to wait a while for the Nürburgring, but at another ‘Ring in Germany, a copy of the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has set a time: the Hockenheimring.
The time is – probably pretty meaningless to you – 1 minute 43.3 seconds. This puts him in second place on the lap time board of a local lap time tester. Only the McLaren Senna managed to dive just above 1 minute 40, but then you are also talking about the ultimate circuit monster of the current time. It is more interesting to take a look at the above rivals. Then the time is impressive.
- 1. McLaren Senna; 1.40.8
- 2. Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series; 1.43.3
- 3. Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR; 1.43.5
- 4. McLaren 720S; 1.45.5
- 5. Ferrari 488 Pista; 1.45.9
The Black Series is therefore faster than this’usual suspects‘! Apparently the SVJ cannot do as well as the other ‘Ring on a smaller circuit like the Hockenheimring, because it falls outside the top five with 1.47.7. The Huracán Performante has not been measured.
The time of the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series at the Hockenheimring is not all decisive, of course. Well, in principle, a Nürburgring time is not, but that circuit is more often used as a gauge. On a short circuit like the Hockenheimring, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has proven itself very well. (through Sport Auto)