The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary race car has been unleashed, with the German manufacturer confirming it will produce the new special edition in an exclusive run of just five bespoke racers to celebrate the milestone.

SLS AMG GT3, (C 197), 2012

Mercedes says the ultra-rare hand-built SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing has been designed for car collectors with a passion for motor sport.

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Schneider has carried out the majority of test drives for the SLS AMG GT3 and has competed for a variety of AMG teams throughout 2012, and his signature, as well as that of a professional engine fitter who assists him in the process, is etched into a badge atop the brawny powerplant.

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The lightweight racer features carbonfibre doors, mudguards, bonnet and boot lid, rear wings, front apron, front splitter and rear diffuser, while carbon also spreads to the cabin across the dashboard and centre console.

Mercedes has continued the matt grey theme over the steel rollover cage, while the six-point seatbelts and steering wheel spider are finished in contrast silver.

Special ‘1 of 5’ badges on the seats and centre console remind of the car’s exclusivity and round out the enhancements.

The five lucky customers will be invited to a unique handover ceremony at the Mercedes-AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, where Schneider will personally introduce the new owners to their new cars.

The program also includes a tour of the factory, a behind the scenes look at the AMG Performance Studio and engine ‘Manufaktur’ (hand-finishing section), and, upon request, a race track coaching session with Schneider.

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