Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG F1 Safety Car, debuted at the new Formula-1 season in Bahrain very last month, was claimed to be the most spectacular as well as powerful Official F1™ Safety Car of all time. The gullwing model, launched on 27 March 2010, had replaced the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG, which was used as the Official F1™ Safety Car in 2008 and 2009 seasons.
SLS AMG has a unique vehicle concept in ensuring exceptional driving dynamics; the aluminum space-frame body keeps the vehicle weight down to 1620 kg (DIN kerb weight). Powered by 6.3-liter V8 engine that produces a peak output of 420 kW and a maximum torque of 650 Nm, the gullwing model can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Moreover, thanks to the dry-sump lubrication system that enables the AMG V8 powerplant to be installed extremely low down, the vehicle’s center of gravity has beneficially lowered.
As the standard-production SLS AMG, the Official F1™ Safety Car features the same engine, power transmission, suspension as well as brake system. Compared to the standard-production SLS, the AMG F1 is distinguishable on the outside by its famous F1 logos, carbon-fiber exterior mirrors also the characteristic roof light bar with integrated TV camera. It sits on an all-new carbon-fiber hood whose shape has been tested in the wind tunnel to make sure optimum airflow at the rear aerofoil.
Like the exterior, the distinctive gullwing doors differ slightly from that of the standard-production model. Inside, AMG sports bucket seats with black leather upholstery and 6-point seat belts ensure optimum lateral support. Similar to various other interior trim parts, the center console is finished in genuine carbon fiber, as the AMG performance steering wheel is in Alcantara leather. Also, the steering wheel features a specially shaped grip area, a high-quality genuine-metal insert and a flat-bottomed rim with a diameter of 370 mm.