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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R is currently the most powerful safety car

Another year means another Formula 1 season. And soon, the 2018 season will kick off this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. This year marks the 23rd consecutive year and Mercedes Benz, again will provide the Safety Car for the most important motorsport event. Since 1996, Mercedes-Benz had been the supplier of the event’s safety car, from way back when it was the C36 AMG, to the Mercedes-AMG GT R today - this might be the most powerful F1 Safety Car of all time.

Under its hood is a biturbo 4.0 liter V8 engine that enables the car to carry out 577 horsepower. During the 2015 to 2017 seasons, the GT R just follows the lesser GT S version. Also, it will be Bernd Maylander who will be behind the wheel of F1’s official Safety Car.

In Maylander’s interview, he said that the highlight of this car would be its driving dynamics. And that he is glad that it is a level higher than the AMG GT S of recent years. He added that the safety car should be deployed as rarely as possible, but when they have to bunch up the Formula 1 field and drive it around the track, then it will be equipped with the AMG GT R.

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BMW M4 GTS is named official DTM safety car for 2016 season

For a number of decades, BMW M Division has had a practice of creating special models using the mid-range series of the BMW M. These models were mainly designed to display better performance and have high-level driving dynamics.

The most current example of this tradition is the BMW M4 GTS. With only 700 units manufactured, the M4 GTS has combined fuel consumption at 8.5 1/100 km with combined CO2 emissions coming in at 199 g/km. To make sure that the public is able to see for themselves the outstanding performance qualities exhibited by this elite sports car, the brand chose a rather remarkable way of doing so. Specifically, for the 2016 season, the BMW M4 GTS will be the official DTM safety car.

To earn the privilege of being the lead car of what is considered the most popular international touring car series, the BMW M4 GTS has to meet high demands. As specified under DTM rules, the safety car has to be designed and even adapted to high-performance driving especially on the tracks.

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BMW debuts the M2 MotoGP Safety Car [w/video]

BMW M Division is supplying MotoGP with a fleet of Safety Cars, ensuring that whatever happens on the track, the safety of MotoGP is well guaranteed. To enable these high-performance Safety Cars to do their job as intended, BMW M endowed them with the latest technology.

After all, BMW M cars are laden with excellent driving attributes that allow them to tackle any challenges on the track. All of BMW M’s Safety Cars are particularly modified at its factory for them to serve as the perfect lead cars on motorcycle races.

The latest iteration of these safety cars is the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car, which is set to debut this season. BMW M and MotoGP have been close partners for nearly two decades. BMW M has been a symbol of high-performance driving as well as motorsport-inspired piloting.

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BMW M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car is ready to kick off the 2014 DTM season

BMW has something to be proud of as in the 2014 DTM season will not only field eight M4 DTMs, but also the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car. Leading the 23 DTM racing cars, the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car comes with plenty of BMW M Performance Parts such as the carbon fiber front splitter, mirror caps, rocker panel attachments, rear spoiler and rear diffuser.

Moreover, the vehicle features a BMW M Performance black grille, DTM safety car livery, new LED lights on the top, a BMW M Performance titanium exhaust system and titanium finishers. Inside, we find a new set of Recaro racing seats with Schroth harnesses, disassembly rear seat and a new roll bar.

Under the hood, there is the same 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics that delivers 431 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The new engine pushes the vehicle form 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.

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Eurosport Events has selected the Alfa Romeo 4C as the Safety Car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for the entire 2014 season. The Alfa Romeo 4C will be finished in a special livery and will be on the grid for every WTCC race during the 2014 season. It will start its duty at the Moulay El Hassan Circuit of Marrakech in Morocco on April 12 and 13.

WTCC organizers chose the Alfa Romeo 4C -- named as the “Most Beautiful Car of 2013” at the 29th International Automobile Festival of Paris – after it won a poll organized on Eurosport’s Web site network, in partnership with the International Automobile Festival (IAF). Eurosport produces and promotes the FIA WTCC through its Eurosport Events unit.

Alfa Romeo 4C is the brand's modern icon and embodies the “Alfa Romeo DNA”: performance and technical excellence for maximum driving pleasure combined with a breath-taking style. The mid-engine, rwd, two-seater super-coupé boasts of first-rate acceleration and speed that would prove to be useful as the Safety Car for the WTCC 2014 season.

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The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover will serve as the “Official Safety Vehicle” for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) slated for June 30. The seven-seat 2014 Outlander is suited to be the “Official Safety Vehicle” for this annual hill climb as it boasts of several technologically-advanced safety features like the Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM).

2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) will take place in the spectacular Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Participants will have to conquer a snake-like Pikes Peak road course that is 12.42 miles in length.

They have to challenge 156 corners and battle a daring climb from an elevation of 9,390 feet to 14,110 feet. This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the 91st running of the event since 1916, making it the second oldest motor race in the United States after the Indianapolis 500.

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The pace/safety cars for the MotoGP series this year are again from BMW’s M division. It was in 1999 that this division first teamed up with MotoGP when it got a Z8 and put in some graphics and a light bar to be used as a MotoGP safety car. Since then, a variety of BMW M cars have been used to lead a group of motorcycles.

In 2009, the division unveiled the X6 M sports activity coupe to the public in MotoGP safety car form. In 2013, BMW M offered eight vehicles for the series. Its most major development is the addition of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which was recently introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Aside from the 560-horsepower four-door coupe, we will also see the M6 coupe (with two fewer doors), and an M5 sedan (with the same engine) as safety cars.

A BMW M3 that uses frozen gray paint is what the safety officer of the track will be using. Meanwhile, the medics will carried by two M550d xDrive wagons. Lastly, two HP4 models will be used as safety bikes. These two vehicles will be entering the track at the Qatar Grand Prix, located at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. “We are delighted that our cooperation with MotoGP is already entering its 15th season,” said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing at BMW M GmbH.

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The new Formula 1 Safety Car is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, which replaces the regular SLS that had marshalled the events at the F1 race since 2010. There have been several AMG safety cars that had served as safety cars in the past years at this event. The GT is basically a modified version of the present SLS supercar.

It delivers 583bhp from its 6.2-litre V8 (up 20bhp) and comes with a retuned dual-clutch gearbox that offers better shift times. With these revisions, the SLS can accelerate from zero to 62mph by about a tenth of a second faster to just 3.7 seconds. It has a limited top speed of 197mph. Another feature that’s new to the SLS GT is AMG Ride Control.

This is the replacement for the three-mode system on the current car. It supposedly improves its dynamics with its aggressive suspension tuning. The automaker will be unveiling a production version of the SLS GT at the Paris motor show before it arrives this November at the UK showrooms. Mechanically, it is identical to the safety car.

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Mercedes-Benz fans won’t have just the new Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé to get excited about at the 2012 German Touring Car Masters (DTM) season as the DTM Safety Car would also be from the automaker. The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series will ensure the safety of the most popular touring car series in the world.

This two-seater has a maximum output of 380 kW (517 hp), making it the most powerful C-Class ever. The DTM season will start on April 29 at the Hockenheimring. The Safety Car comes under the supervision of the German Motorsport Association (DMSB), which is tasked to implement safety measures, making sure that the vehicles meet safety standards. It also oversees the attendant official sporting functions to comply with DTM rules.

Racing driver Jürgen Kastenholz will drive the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series Safety Car, which works to make sure that the safety of the racing drivers, spectators and track marshals is at its maximum, especially in risky situations such as extreme weather conditions or accidents.

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BMW will relive the tracks of the German DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) as the company prepares three BMW M3 teams for the upcoming 2012 season. This will be first time BMW participated in the DTM series, also known as German Touring Car Championship, since 2000.  BMW allotted six race-spec M3s for the three teams, and another special M3 which serves as DTM series’ safety car.

The M3 safety car, whose images were posted at the BMW Motorsports Facebook page, is expected to be built not only for speed, but mainly for durability. The M3 safety car is expected to have a power output marginally less than the series racers’ 480 hp. The M3 safety car is expected to have a top speed a tad less than 186 mph.

The 2012 DTM season is expected to be the most interesting series in years after BMW returned to race, bringing the number of constructors to three, with Audi and Mercedes-Benz, and teams to nine.

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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.

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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.

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For this MotoGP season, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be seen on racing tracks worldwide as it has been chosen to be the MotoGP safety car. The 1 Series M Coupe, which takes on the task for the first time, was confirmed awhile back to be the safety car of choice for the moto racing series.

As it is chased by a group of high-power motorcycles, it is putting on its fine clothes for when it circles the tracks. Several modifications had to be done to the 1 Series M Coupe for it to meet the requirements of a safety car. The BMW Safety Car is a one-off car produced by BMW M, using the same engine and drivetrain as the production version model. It will be powered by the 340hp straight-six M TwinPower Turbo engine.

But actually, the Safety Car is unlike any other 1 Series M. It features a carbon fiber-reinforced bonnet with additional large air vents, as well as polycarbonate side and rear windows.

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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.

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The 2009 Formula One season will be guaranteed maximum safety by the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG, as the Official F1 Safety Car, and the C63 AMG Estate, as the Official F1 Medical Car.

The performance brand of Mercedes-Benz will be on duty with the two specifically prepared high-performance cars at all 17 races of the new season Formula 1, beginning with a first appearance at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne that will commence on March 27 and finish on March 29. The cars were developed, produced and serviced by the experts of the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO.

When the race is under the threat of accidents, unfavorable weather states or other unsafe conditions, the Official F1 Safety Car is deployed. Driving the remarkable SL 63 AMG is the 37-year-old German Bern Maylander.

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