The Mercedes-AMG GT S and the C 63 S will field the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship season as official Safety Car and Medical Car respectively. Both Mercedes-AMG high performance models will debut at the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne, Australia.
Taking the baton from the Mercedes SLS AMG, the GT S assumes Safety Car duty through a new 4.0-litre V8 equipped with dry sump lubrication and twin turbochargers. It produces its peak output of 380 kW (510 hp) at 6,250 rpm, accompanied by 650Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,750 rpm.
The new hand-built AMG V8 engine employs a unique design where two turbochargers are mounted inside the engine’s V cylinder banks configuration, rather than on the outside – experts call it a “hot inside V”. The benefits are a compact engine design, an optimum response from the turbochargers and low exhaust gas emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters.
The dry sump lubrication ensures continuous oil supply during high lateral forces and allows the engine to be installed lower, thus moving the centre of gravity closer to the road and forming the basis for high lateral acceleration.
Like the SLS AMG, the GT’s front mid-engine layout optimises weight distribution, giving front to rear distribution of 47:53. A seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle spins the rear wheels, propelling the GT S from standstill to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds.
High cornering speeds, dynamic bursts of speed and fast lap times – the Safety Car is subject to a stringent catalogue of requirements drawn up by the FIA. After all, it has to be capable of guiding the racing cars from the top class of motorsport around the circuit in extreme situations. And the Safety Car must not go about its work at too low a speed either, in order to avoid the tyres and brakes of the Formula 1 cars cooling down to an excessive degree and to ensure that the engines do not overheat.
The Safety Car runs on particularly light cross-spoke forged wheels with fully integrated wheel bolt covers. The forged wheels painted in matt black with high-sheen rim flanges are fitted with tyres in standard size 265/35 R 19 on 9 x 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 on 11 x 20 (rear). This wheel/tyre combination is also optionally available to customers for the Mercedes-AMG GT and the GT S.
The high-performance ceramic composite braking system is also optionally available for the road version of the GT.
In terms of appearance, the Mercedes-AMG GT S Safety Car differs from the production model above all by virtue of the striking FIA and F1 logos and the light bar on the roof.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is debuting on the race track as the second Official Car alongside the GT S, succeeding the previous generation C 63 AMG Estate in this role.
Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate develops 375 kW (510 hp) and 700 Nm. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes just 4.1 seconds.