Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG racecar

Mercedes-Benz trotted out its CLA45 AMG-based racer at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. We first showed you the sedan in the deluge of news and reveals that precedes most good auto shows, and were blown away by the car, formally known as the CLA45 AMG Racing Series.

We were strolling by the Mercedes stand, and figured we'd pop in and take a look at the new racer and its carbon-fiber body panels, gutted interior, and race-sourced aero parts. It's a looker, both as a road car and a track weapon. It's not clear what series the CLA45 AMG will qualify for, although it does seem like a shoe-in for the World Touring Car Championship. Let us know what you think of the CLA racer down in the comments. In the meantime, we've got a full gallery of live images up top, along with the stock images that were posted last week on the Mercedes-Benz Facebook page.
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A New Star for the Race Track: CLA 45 AMG Racing Series

The #SLSAMGGT3 has paved the way, and we are now offering you a glimpse of the possible new member of AMG Customer Sports Fan Page team: the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series.

Authentic racing sport flair, competitive technology, spectacular design, and exemplary high safety – the close-to-production, four-door, high-performance coupé CLA 45 AMG Racing Series is planned for the highly popular racing series with 2-liter turbocharged vehicles.

With the genes of a champion, the #CLA 45 AMG which was launched in 2013 with the world's most powerful series production 4-cylinder engine, serves as the basis for the possible new customer sports race car. On the race car version it would be possible to adapt the engine performance and technical specifications to the regulations of different racing series. Here, both permanent all-wheel drive and pure front-wheel drive are possible. As in the series vehicle, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports gearbox takes care of power transmission. Body panels made completely of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and specific aerodynamic components promise to provide top-level racing competitiveness, not to mention impressive design. The interior is focused on pure function with numerous safety and race car features.

In a few days, the show car will celebrate its world premiere at the IAA Frankfurt (September 12 - 22, 2013). Tell us how you like the potentially new AMG Customer Sports family member!