AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert set a new record time on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, driving a Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+. Schaffert put the four-door coupé from Affalterbach in first place on the official list of best cars in the ‘luxury class’ category by beating his own previous lap record set in the fall of 2018 by 2.3 seconds. The record lap was precisely measured by the neutral experts of wige SOLUTIONS. An independent notary also certified the conditions of the vehicle and the lap time.
The officially measured values are: 7:23.009 min for the 20.6-kilometre-long version (without straight-line measurement for track section T13) and 7:27.800 min for the 20.832-kilometre-long complete track (with straight-line measurement for track section T13).
The 470kW (639hp) Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ set the record in standard form. Its equipment includes dynamic driving features such as the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, active rear-axle steering, an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential and the AMG DYNAMICS agility programme. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres fitted during the record-breaking drive, which every customer can order as an option, provided the final bit of grip for optimum traction and acceleration out of the total of 73 curves in ‘The Green Hell’. The aero package, which is also optionally available and mounted on the record-breaking vehicle, also increases stability at higher speeds and reduces the CD value.
“Even though I’ve been accompanying our GT 63 through its development for several years now, it’s always impressive to see the wide spread we have achieved with this exclusive vehicle. This is especially true after the recent slight revision. On the one hand, the four-door coupé is comfortable and equipped with many intelligent safety features for everyday driving, and on the other hand it offers this extremely high level of driving dynamics and precision, which we have demonstrated once again on the demanding Nordschleife,” said Schaffert.
Mercedes-Benz says the conditions on the extremely demanding course in the Eifel were anything but optimal, with some sections of the course rain affected. An ambient temperature of seven degrees and asphalt temperature of 10 degrees Celsius required optimum use of the car’s performance features.
In the RACE driving programme, the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension specifically tightens the damper characteristics, and the steering characteristic curve becomes more direct. In the Master position, the AMG DYNAMICS agility programme also utilises all the possibilities of the fully variable all-wheel drive system – as well as the rapid-response control of the electronic limited-slip differential – to ensure the highest possible dynamic response. As an additional safety measure for the driver, the vehicle was equipped with a bucket seat and four-point seat belts.
You can watch the record drive via a video at http://amg4.me/GT_63_ring_lap