As per tradition, when Mercedes-Benz launches a new model, next year it will become the official safety car for Formula 1. And so next season the Mercedes AMG GT F1 Safety Car will be trusted with the job of pacing 20 Grand Prix races.
Not that an F1 safety car needs to be especially equipped or anything – well, apart from the lights bar, a radio, and some stickers – but Mercedes AMG GT F1 Safety Car is more up to the job than its predecessor the SLS. That car was an absolute animal with an unnecessarily torquey engine. All that engine did was keeping send the car into a drift every time you went near the throttle.
The AMG GT S has a much more sensible 4.0 liter V8 engine with just enough power (510 horsepower) to make it quick, but not lethal. What’s more, it is lighter and more dynamic than the SLS, and all that makes it a more suitable weapon on the track. With a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 310 km/h, the AMG GT F1 Safety Car would have no problem getting out of its own way regardless of the track and the conditions.
Besides the usual safety car gear, the AMG GT S F1 also comes with iPads, WLAN and sports bucket seats, so the race controller sitting next to the pace car driver, Bernd Mayländer, can stay on top of what’s going on out there. The GT will be joined in the 2015 F1 season by the Mercedes C63 S AMG Estate which will be the official F1 Medical Car.
Mercedes AMG GT F1 Safety Car:
Mercedes C63 S AMG Estate F1 Medical Car: