Mercedes-AMG is all set for the starting event of the March 25-27, 2011 Formula 1 World Championship in Melbourne, Australia, and is providing the Official F1 Safety Car and the Official F1 Medical Car. The task of the SLS AMG (which has been used in Formula 1 since 2010) and the new C 63 AMG Estate is to ensure maximum safety in dangerous racing situations or following an accident.
The C 63 AMG Estate enters its fourth season, but in 2011 it will appear in a new design with updated technology that includes the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission. For 15 years, AMG has been continuously active in Formula 1.
The SLS AMG Official F1 Safety Car is sent onto the track by Race Control whenever poor weather conditions or an accident endanger the race’s safe progress. The gull-wing is driven by 39-year-old German racing driver Bernd Mayländer, who has performed this function for the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) since 2000.
He is on station for Formula 1 weekends and also on the accompanying series like the GP2 Series or Porsche Supercup. During a race the SLS AMG Official F1 Safety Car, which deployment is decided by Race Control, is on standby in the pit lane.
Bernd Mayländer and his 45-year-old British co-driver, FIA man Pete Tibbetts, upon receiving a radio message, take to the track at the head of the field to guide the Formula 1 racing cars safely around the circuit.
From 2008 to 2010, the C 63 AMG Estate has served as the Official F1™ Medical Car tasked to ensure a rapid emergency response in the event of an accident. The super-fast estate car follows the Formula 1 field during the starting lap since the race cars are still closely grouped during this critical phase of the race.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG rightfully deserves its spot on the list of the best racing automobiles and its title as the Official F1 Safety Car, with its superior motor, powertrain, suspension and brakes, which are identical to the standard production version.
The outstanding technologies featured in the super sports car lets it drive like a dream with great responsiveness and agility. There are no upgrades with its systems, materials or body shape needed, other than the completely new rear silencer that easily aerates the high-rev naturally-aspirated AMG V8 engine and produces a more intimidating roar sure to gain approval with Formula 1 enthusiasts.
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine’s performance includes maximum ranges of 420 kW (571 hp) power output at 6800 rpm and 650 Nm torque at 4750 rpm. These metrics mean that the gull-winged car achieves a 0-100 km/h time of merely 3.8 seconds. Lap times that would have cooled down an F1 cars’ tyres too rapidly and overheat their engines are instead attainable for this ultra-safe super car.
The main idea behind the development of this model is on achieving the best possible driving performance. The light 1620 kilogram weight (DIN kerb weight) is made possible by its aluminium spaceframe body. The dry-sump system enables the AMG V8 to be placed as low as possible to bring the car’s centre of gravity lower as well.
Its position at a distance behind the front axle, and the transaxle configuration of the redesigned seven-speed double-clutch transmission on the rear axle are also factors in the vehicle’s 47/53 percent front/rear weight distribution. The AMG sports suspension uses pure motorsport technology with aluminium double-wishbone front and rear axles for superb handling, precise turn-in capability, top agility and less inertia for quick directional changes that result in high cornering limits.
Double-clutch and ceramic composite brakes
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed dual-clutch sports transmission has four modes and makes it possible for almost instant gear shifts up to 100 milliseconds quick with no tractive power interruptions in manual or “M” mode. Along with the 3-stage ESP, the system’s mechanical multi-disc differential lock provides fail-safe traction.
Additionally, braking distances is reduced with superior counteraction of fading, even if the brakes are stressed with the usual race-track loads, thanks to the AMG ceramic high-performance composite used in the large 402 x 39 mm front and 350 x 32 mm rear discs. The 10-spoke specially forged wheels pair up with 265/35 R 19 and 295/30 R 20 tyres for the front and rear, respectively.