You might notice that at the 2010 season of Formula One racing, there is a new safety car in the series. In 2008 and 2009, the SL 63 AMG has been in use but in the upcoming championship, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing will make its presence known. The Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Estate will remain as the series' official medical car for the 2010 season.
Volker Mornhinweg, Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH said that the AMG Team is "very proud" that the new SLS AMG is the official F1 safety car.
He added that he expects that all Mercedes and AMG fans will be excited to see the gullwing model together with the new Mercedes GP Petronas Team at the F1 circuits.
Like the past few years, the Formula One safety car will be driven by Bernd Maylander (formerly a DTM driver). The co-driver will be FIA's Pete Tibbetts.
An official press release from Daimler AG states that the new F1 safety car will have the advantage of getting the same engine, power transmission, suspension and brake system as the standard-production SLS AMG.
The features that they will share include the 6.3-liter AMG V8 naturally aspirated engine that produces 420 kW (571 hp) and a maximum torque of 650 Nm.
This enables the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. It also has the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with double-clutch technology and AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system that intends to minimize the brake distances.