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Schneider sets Bathurst production car record

Gordon Lomas

Friday 3rd February, 2017 - 6:33pm

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Bernd Schneider has smashed his own production car lap record at Bathurst

Mercedes factory legend Bernd Schneider has smashed his production car lap record at Bathurst.

Driving the AMG GT R, Schneider clocked a rapid 2:16.5s in the second of two officially timed manufacturer demo sessions as part of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

It obliterated the previous record set by Schneider of 2:24.03s set in 2015 in a Mercedes AMG GT S.

“I knew it would be a fast car, but it really feels at home here at Mount Panorama,” Schneider said.

Also during the manufacturer demonstration session, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S sedan piloted by AMG factory driver Maro Engel posted a lap of 2:29.7s, which is believed to be the fastest lap ever for a production car sedan around the challenging Mount Panorama circuit.

“The AMG C63 S is so comfortable and easy to drive on the road, once you hit the racetrack it’s like it sees red and turns into a monster,” Engel said.

The Mercedes-AMG GT R will go on sale to Australian customers in July 2017 with the record-setting model priced at $349,000 (MRLP).
The AMG GT R is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine that develops 430kW and 700Nm of torque.

VIDEO: Onboard with Bernd Schneider as he sets a new production car Bathurst lap record.

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