Safety is a big concern in a racing series as fast-paced as Formula One, so a lightning-quick safety car is required. Since 1996 that task has fallen to Mercedes-Benz
, which has furnished AMG-tuned automobiles specifically for the task. The first was the C63 AMG, which was replaced the following season by the CLK55 AMG. The new millennia brought a new AMG safety car based on the CL55, followed by the SL55, CLK55, SLK55 and CLK63 AMG.