Nerd’s Eye View: Rowe Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3



Where do the ducts go?  I’m guessing they feed air into the cabin.


I’m guessing the ducted air goes through the orange tube to the air vent directed at the driver.  Rowe Racing has a Video VBOX installed and Kenwood radio communications seem to be standard fare.  Check out the steering wheel which is hanging down from the roof; it looks relatively simple for a modern race car.


That’s because a few switches often seen on the wheel are now in the center console such as the fuel mapping switch.


The buttons that are on the steering wheel do connect to the electronics through the fancy connector in middle.  The dash unit is a Magneti Marelli.


The gull-wing doors do present a unique problem statement for fabricating the cage.  The steel cage is fabricated tight against the aluminum spaceframe and bolted in.  The fuel cell is located over the rear axle in the heart of the rear half of the cage for maximum protection.


The driver’s seat is encased in a safety cell of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).  This is technology borrowed from the DTM cars.  Of course, it’s compatible with a HANS system.


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