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CLA 45 AMG Racing Series concept car

The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is going racing. High on the success of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 racecar, Daimler has unveiled the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept, a CLA45 race car concept. The CLA45 AMG race car is designed to compete in racing series' worldwide, and will be produced if enough interest is expressed in the turbocharged four-door.

The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept certainly looks the part of a race car. Made with carbon fiber, the CLA45 AMG racecar sports a new front and rear spoiler, big air intakes for brake and engine cooling flared wheel arches, and a big carbon fiber rear wing. Available in front- or all-wheel drive (depending on race series regulations), the Mercedes CLA45 AMG has a wider front and rear track, and adjustable suspension, and an AMG-developed higher-performance braking system.

Inside, the Mercedes CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept has a gutted interior with a roll cage, a carbon fiber Recaro racing seat, and a fire extinguishing system. Mercedes says the engine output from the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 is variable, and mentions it's shifted via steering wheel-mounted paddles.

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Though Mercedes has yet to commit to building a production version of the CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept, the automaker says it will produce the pocket rocket if international demand is high enough.

The CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept will be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the Mercedes CLA250 Sport - which appears to be the Euro version of our 2014 CLA250 with the AMG-inspired Sport Package.

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