After it managed to become Official Safety Car in all 19 races of the current Formula 1 Season, the new Mercedes-AMG GT manages another succesful contract. The supercar will replace the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series as the official Safey Car for DTM, the new season of the German Touring Car Masters, which got under way during the first weekend of May in Hockenheim.
At the wheel of the official Safety Car will be racing driver Jürgen Kastenholz (47). He takes to the track when dangerous situations, such as an accident, extreme weather conditions or other incidents make it necessary for the vehicle to be deployed.
The drivetrain of the Safety Car is identical to that used on the road-going version of the AMG GT S. With a maximum output of 510 hp and peak torque of 650 Newton metres, the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine guarantees a sprint to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 310 km/h. As music to the ears of the fans in the stands and in front of their TV screens, the GT S is fitted with a modified Performance exhaust system for tis V8 engine.
In terms of appearance, the Mercedes-AMG GT S Safety Car differs from the series production vehicle above all by virtue of the striking light bar on the roof. It is positioned on a carbon-fibre air scoop which offers the least possible airstream resistance while at the same time providing for an aerodynamically optimised flow of air towards the fixed rear aerofoil.
All signalling functions on the light bar are performed by fast-responding, energy-efficient LEDs.
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.