For the first time, a Mercedes-AMG GT3 styled by world-renowned rock band Linkin Park saw action on the racetrack. Three of the band members, Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell and Joe Hahn, are big AMG fans, and did not want to miss the opportunity to personally present the vehicle designed specifically for the motorsport classic in Spa to the crowd of racing enthusiasts.
They even had the privilege of waving the start flag in Spa, before proceeding to the garage and frenetically cheering on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Yelmer Buurman, Maro Engel and Bernd Schneider of the Black Falcon AMG Team.
The design of the Linkin Park GT3 with race number 00 was penned by DJ Joe Hahn, who is also a visual artist and director of many of the band’s iconic videos. Prior to his career as a musician, Hahn, together with guitarist and keyboardist Mike Shinoda, studied art and graphic design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, USA.
The car sports a striking red-black colour scheme on a silver base, with the Linkin Park logo dominantly displayed on the long bonnet, showing the musicians’ enthusiasm for motorsport. The racing suits of the Linkin Park GT3 drivers match the design of the car.
The Linkin Park GT3 is the second joint project as part of the “Two Stages – One Passion” cooperation between Mercedes-AMG and the rock band, which had already contributed their song Papercut, from the album Hybrid Theory, to the world première of the new Mercedes-AMG GT R in June, providing the fitting sound for the international campaign.
Both the band and the automaker share a passion for maximum performance and perfection, on the road and on stage. The Californian rock band and the Affalterbach sports car brand intend to use their combined creative potential to captivate their fans around the world with new ideas and projects.
Why the music matters during a drive.