|Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK-LM '98|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 4|
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||Standard|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Max Power||761 BHP|
|Performance Points||655 PP|
|Top Speed||229 miles per hour (369 km/h)|
|Weight||1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||1.31 kg (2.9 lb) per horsepower|
The Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK-LM '98 (initially known as Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98 prior to Gran Turismo 5 version 1.07, and Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM Race Car '98 from GT5 1.07 onwards) is a Race car produced by Mercedes-Benz. It appears in Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6.
The car appears to be the #2, driven by Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta, who won the 1998 FIA GT Championship in the GT1 Class.
"Replacing the heavy V12 with a V8, this was the race car that dominated the FIA GT competition."
To compete in the FIA-GT championship that began in 1997, DaimlerChrysler and AMG began a joint project to build a race machine in a mere 128 days. This car was the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR. The grille came from a production CLK, but the rest of the car was purpose built for racing. The body skeleton was composed of carbon fiber, while a steel roll cage provided additional rigidity and safety. The roof housed a giant intake that sent air into the engine bay. Mounted amidships was a 5000-cc V-12 that produced 592 HP.
The CLK-GTR got off to a blazing start, winning six of its first 11 contests, and grabbing the series championship with Bernd Schneider at the wheel. In 1998, the CLK-GTR and the newly introduced Porsche 911 GT1 were in a heated battle for supremacy. In addition to the two works cars that Mercedes-Benz entered in the FIA-GT, the company also provided two CLK-GTRs to privateers in order to strengthen their efforts on the track.
The CLK-GTR made way for the CLK-LM, which many people tagged as the GTR's successor. The LM and GTR had different powerplants, the former had a V-12, while the latter came equipped with a V-8. The CLK-LM went on to become the FIA-GT champion. The sparkling team of Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta produced five wins, earning them the series championship.
Players can win this car by winning the Deutsche Touring Car Meisterschaft in the European Events Hall. It is not for sale at the Mercedes-Benz dealership.
This car can be purchased for 3,500,000 Credits.
As a Standard car, the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 3,542,130 Credits. Alternatively, this car can be obtained by getting all gold in the Intermediate level of the AMG Driving Academy. It is a Level 23 car. The name of this car was changed in the update 1.07, being now called Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM Race Car '98.
This car can be bought at the Mercedes-Benz dealership for 1,800,000 Credits as a simple car. In this game, the car keeps the name received on the update 1.07 of GT5, in a slightly tweaked form in an effort to remove "Race Car" suffix from many racing cars: Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK-LM '98.
- The 1997 version of the car was also originally planned to be available in Gran Turismo 2 (some screenshots of the car in the game exist), but the car was completely removed from the game, likely due to licensing issues.
- In GT5 and GT6, the rear lights of this car are quite odd, considering that the left rear light seems to be brighter than the right rear light. This is easily noticeable on a night course, or on a circuit with variable time and/or weather.