Two powerhouses at the Miami International Boat Show.
Two legendary brands. One common appearance.
Two legendary brands united once again at the Miami International Boat Show. Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing joined forces for the sixth consecutive year to present the Cigarette Racing Team 41’ SD GT3 boat inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car.
As the most powerful “open performance” boat ever produced by the Cigarette Racing Team, the 41’ SD GT3 marries the characteristic styling and thoroughbred motorsport technology of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 that was on display alongside it.
Cutting-edge racing technology. Stunning design.
Cutting-edge racing technology, awe-inspiring performance and stunning design are all hallmarks of the Mercedes-AMG brand. Developed to comply with the FIA’s GT3 race rules, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 competes in the world’s most hotly contested customer race series. The GT3 race car is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT S, which was launched in spring 2015 and established a new benchmark in the segment. The Mercedes-AMG GT S provided the ideal prerequisites for the GT3 racing model with its low centre of gravity, perfect distribution of weight and wide track width. This layout guarantees precise cornering properties, high lateral acceleration, first-class agility, a high level of traction and low inertia when having to change direction fast.
On the different race circuits, all of these attributes give the driver the advantages necessary to achieve top placements.
Powerful acceleration: the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine.
Powerful acceleration in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is ensured by the seasoned and now further enhanced AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine taken from the SLS AMG GT3. User-friendly technology, excellent reliability, long maintenance intervals and low running costs made this high-revving, naturally aspirated engine the ideal choice for the new AMG customer sports model. Like the 7-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual clutch transmission in the GT S, the six-speed sequential racing gearbox in the GT3 is mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle, thereby facilitating optimum weight distribution. The two high-performance models also have in common a double-wishbone suspension that is made almost entirely from aluminium. These solutions once again demonstrate how closely linked regular production technology and racing technology are at AMG.
Two Mercury Racing 1,100 hp Engines.
The Cigarette Racing Team 41’ SD GT3 is powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1,100 hp engines with NXT6 drives. Measuring 41 feet (12.50 metres) long and with a beam of 11 feet (3.35 metres), the boat is able to achieve an estimated prop limited top speed of more than 100 mph with a focus on big water performance and weight of just over 20,000 pounds.
Signature AMG elements: design, fittings and cockpit.
The design and fittings reflect the dynamic characteristics of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The handcrafted interior and exterior, featuring matt components, a complete teak wood floor and a full extreme marine grade leather interior – a first for Cigarette – were designed by Gorden Wagener and his team. “Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are known for iconic products,” said Gorden Wagener, Head of Design Daimler AG.
“When designing the 41’ SD GT3 we used some unexpected design elements from our Mercedes-AMG GT3 to create another racing icon, the most powerful ‘open performance’ boat ever produced by the Cigarette Racing Team.”
A long-term partnership.
Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing began their collaboration partnership in 2007, primarily for organizing joint customer and marketing activities. Whether on land or water, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are united by their focus on delivering the ultimate in performance. Similar to its Mercedes-AMG super sports counterpart, the 38 to 50-foot-long (11.50 to 15.25 metres) powerboats from the American specialists are among the world’s fastest and most exclusive machines. These boats feature custom-made, handcrafted quality for enthusiasts and are tested under the most extreme conditions.
Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing share similar DNA makeups: both companies have triumphant racing roots and are still dedicated to this passion.