The new C63 AMG will make its debut on May 1 at the Hockenheimring, which starts off the DTM season, as the safety car of this race. The C63 AMG Safety Car, which was given only minimal modifications for this task, will have racing driver Jurgen Kastenholz behind the wheel. The new C63 AMG is powered by an AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine that has an output of 487 hp and 600 Nm (443 lb.ft.) of torque.
For the 2011 DTM season, the new C63 AMG has been fitted with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission that uses a wet start-up clutch and four transmission modes. It also boasts of having double-declutching and RACE START functions.
The AMG front apron on the DTM Safety Car has enlarged openings and side air outlets meant to optimize radiator inflow. Meanwhile, the AMG carbonfiber spoiler lip on the boot lid lessens lift during high track speeds.
AMG carbonfiber exterior mirrors are featured on the DTM Safety Car. It has also been fitted with a set of matte black multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels that have a high-sheen rim flange, 235/35 R 19 front tires and 255/30 R 19 rear tires.
The braking system was optimized for the race track, while the exhaust system has been given special rear silencers. The DTM Safety Car can be differentiated from the standard C63 AMG with its unique DTM Safety Car logos, the LED light bar on the roof and the stroboscopic flashing LED lights at the front and rear. It also received a number plate with LEDs, a boot lid with the words "Safety Car", as well as a radio system and a TV monitor.
Combining adjustable coil-over suspension with the 3-stage ESP and differential lock guarantees a high agility level plus excellent traction on the racetrack. The MB C63 AMG DTM Safety Car is clad in AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels in matte black finish with high-sheen rim flange as well as 235/35 R 19 and 255/30 R 19 tires in the front and rear, respectively.
The AMG high-performance braking system has undergone optimization to perform its best at the racecourse: compound brake discs have 6-piston brake calipers and steel brake discs have 4-piston brake calipers at the front and wheel axles, respectively; all discs are ventilated internally and also perforated. At the same time, the AMG sports exhaust system plus special rear silencers make a distinct AMG V8 sound.
The DTM Safety Car has features that distinguish it from the standard C63 AMG such as the roof LED light bar, distinct DTM Safety Car logos plus the stroboscopic flashing front and rear LED lights. The car is easy to see even during poor weather conditions, thanks to the plate number illuminated with LEDs plus the "Safety Car” words on the boot lid. For simpler communication with Race Control, a radio system and TV monitor is built-in the Safety Car. There are two AMG sports bucket seats plus 4-point seat belts that provide the driver/co-driver with ideal lateral support whereas the AMG performance steering wheel covered in Alcantara/nappa leather with shift paddles guarantees optimum control of the wheel.
Mercedes-AMG DTM Safety Car since 2000
The Safety Car has been provided by Mercedes-AMG from 2000, during the DTM’s inception, and is a substitute of Audi from one race to another. AMG’s flagship model, the V8 C-Class, has been included in DTM since it was introduced in 2008. To guarantee safety on the racecourse during the Formula-1 World Championship, the SLS AMG serves as the Official F1 Safety Car while the C63 AMG Estate is the Official F1 Medical Car.