Sweaty, emotionless and nursing a neck-ache, five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider emerges from the cockpit of a prototype GT3 racing car with ominous feedback.
“I’m a bit hot,” the steady German quietly says. Poor guy. He’s just put his body through the ringer for five hours straight, strapped inside a cockpit with sub-optimal ventilation, doing difficult track work around a tight, unforgiving circuit in north-east Spain in a car without traction control. Add to that, a set of blazing hot side-exit exhausts that have been busy boiling underneath. Dante himself would be impressed by the trials Bernd has just went through, because though he might have walked through the seven circles of hell, he never had to contend with the Inferno of this new Mercedes-AMG GT3.
“It’s a monster,” Bernd smiles. “This car is a beast.”