Mercedes-AMG range provides safety boost to Formula 1
Mercedes-AMG has been chosen yet again to provide safety vehicles for the 2013 Formula 1® season. The German manufacturer has an unparalleled reputation for safety, and the SLS AMG GT will be the official Safety Car for the tournament, with the C 63 AMG Estate also featuring as the Medical Car.
The two AMG cars made their first appearance in the opening race of the season in Australia. The main reasons for intervention by the Safety Car are the weather and accidents, and the car is driven by Bernd Mayländer and his co-driver, the FIA® employee Pete Tibbetts. Mayländer has been the FIA’s Official Safety Car driver since 2000, and is a former DTM driver. On his role, he commented: “We are on standby in the pit lane in the Official F1® Safety Car, waiting for a radio message from Race Control.”
The SLS AMG GT is the ideal Safety Car because its phenomenal speed allows it to cope with the high-performance demands of Formula 1®. An aluminium spaceframe body means that the car weighs just 1,620kg, allowing sharp driving dynamics, and the car is fitted with a 6.3-litre V8 engine with 591bhp. Acceleration from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds helps the car to lead the F1 vehicles safely when necessary, and its AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension ensures that Mayländer remains in control at all times.
As the official Medical Car, the C 63 AMG Estate is similarly effective. A 6.3-litre V8 engine offers 487bhp to allow rapid emergency response if an accident occurs on the track, and safety is ensured by variable coil-over suspension and the AMG high-performance braking system. The car is driven by racing driver Alan van de Merwe and his co-driver is the official FIA Chief Medical Officer Dr Ian Roberts, and the vehicle has a 485-litre luggage area to fit all of the necessary safety gear.
With 18 years of experience in motorsports safety and medical cars, Mercedes-AMG showcases the best of the innovative Mercedes-Benz brand’s safety credentials. At Mercedes-Benz Retail Group we supply the SLS AMG Coupé and Roadster – if you’d like to book a test drive in one of these high-performance vehicles, please contact us today.