• Mercedes-AMG announced it broke the record for a series production car lap time of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
• GT3 racing driver Maro Engel was behind the wheel of the carmaker's GT Black Series at the German race track.
• The previous title was held by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
1.36 seconds. That's the difference between the new production car record lap record set by Maro Engel in the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
The official time of 6mins43.61 was set over the 20.6 kilometre-long track in a completely standard production model powered by the brand's most powerful AMG V8 series engine ever with 537kW and 800Nm.
AMG's engineers set the car up in its most raciest setting, with the front splitter made of carbon fibre extended to the "Race" position, and the lower and upper wing blades of the rear spoiler were each adjusted in the middle position.
The adjustable AMG coilover suspension with adaptive adjustment damping was lowered by five millimetres at the front and three millimetres at the rear to further enhance the venturi effect of the front diffuser.
Mercedes says the camber was adjusted to the maximum possible values of negative 3.8 degrees at the front axle and negative 3.0 degrees at the rear. In the case of the adjustable anti-roll bars, Engel opted for the hardest of the three possible settings. In terms of the nine-stage AMG traction control, Engel opted between positions six and seven-depending on the section of the track.
All of these adjustments can be made in the road car too. The record was completed on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 MO tyres, the car's standard rubber.
Displacement - 3982 cm3
Power - 537kW at 6700-6900/min
Max. torque -800Nm at 2000-6000/min
Drive system - Rear-wheel drive
Transmission - AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G
Fuel consumption combined - 12.8 l/100 km*
CO2 emissions combined - 292 g/km
Efficiency class - G
Acceleration 0-100km/h - 3.2 s
Top speed - 325km/h
Compiled by Sean Parker