Mercedes AMG GT S and C 63 S report for 2015 Formula 1 duty
New Mercedes AMG GT S and C 63 S Estate were unveiled as 2015 F1 Safety Car and Medical car. They will head to the Australian GP this weekend, which also is the start of 2015 F1 season.
Formula 1 has been using the Mercedes SLS AMG as its safety car until now. But as Mercedes has replaced SLS AMG with AMG GT, F1 too have upgraded in a similar fashion. The safety car will be seen with roof mounted LED light bar fixed on top of a carbon fiber air scoop with a TV camera. Another camera is located behind the seats while head and tail display with stroboscopic effect will be evident when the safety car is on track.
The number plate of 2015 F1 Safety Car will sport LEDs synchronized with light bar, turning orange when overtaking is prohibited while tuning green to signal to drivers when overtaking is allowed. The rest of the car is much the same and receives a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 engine offering 510 hp power and 650 Nm torque allowing the sports car to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 321 kmph. Bernd Mayländer will continue to be behind the wheel where he has been for the past 15 years.
Mercedes AMG C 63 S Estate will take over as official F1 Medical Car. It features enhanced suspension, a light bar, two iPads and an in-car hotspot while it will be fitted with a respirator and defibrillator. The medical Car will be driven by Alan van der Merwe, with official FIA head physician Dr Ian Roberts. The F1 Medical Car also receive the same 4.0 liter twin turbo engine as is seen on the new F1 Safety Car, though peak torque is at 700 Nm while acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph will be achieved in 4.1 seconds.