Mercedes-AMG GT S Unveiled As Formula One’s New Safety Car

Safety Car

Will make debut at 2015 season opener in Melbourne.

The Mercedes SLS AMG has been one of the best-loved Formula One safety cars, but all good things come to an end. And with the announcement that the Mercedes-AMG GT will be the official F1 safety car for 2015, we now know it’s getting a more than able replacement. Compared to the road car, the safety car receives a roof-mounted LED light bar that sits atop a carbon-fiber air scoop and houses a TV camera. There’s another camera behind the seats, while the head- and taillights display a stroboscopic effect when the car is out on the track.

Another cool feature is the number plate that boasts LEDs synchronized with the light bar. Both turn orange when overtaking is prohibited and green to indicate drivers can floor it. Anyone worried about the glorious exhaust note of the SLS’ naturally-aspirated V8 being replaced by something inferior, fear not. Mercedes explains: “As music to the ears of the Formula 1 fans in the stands and in front of their TV screens, the GT S is fitted with a modified Performance exhaust system for an even more striking and emotive AMG V8 engine sound."

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The rest of the car remains the same, so a 510-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 will help Bernd Maylander, who will continue to be behind the wheel, rocket to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of almost 200 mph. Mercedes also revealed the new AMG C63 Estate will take up the role of official F1 Medical Car and come packing an updated suspension, light bar, respirator and defibrillator, two iPads, and in-car hotspot.