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.
The Safety Car version is different from the standard GT R because it is equipped with an optional Track Package, that includes ceramic brakes and a roll over protection system. Of course, it gets a specific F1 livery and a carbon fiber roof mounted light bar, which had been tested aerodynamically.
In the cabin, the special GT-R gets a pair of iPads, where the one displays the live TV broadcast and the other will show an animated display of the track, position of the cars and the lap times.
Apart from the Safety Car, Mercedes-AMG is also in charge of supplying the Medical Car in the form of a C63 S Estate, carrying 3 medics. This, on the other hand, will be driven by Alan van der Merwe, who will be joined by Dr. Ian Roberts on the passenger seat.
As mentioned, there will be two other medics on the back seats, seated on bucket seats with six point seatbelts. The truck has as much as 490 liters in the back, that fits a defibrillator, a respirator, and other emergency equipment. Mercedes AMG’s Safety Car and Medical Car are indeed the ideal vehicles for major events like these. This is the reason why the automaker has been the trusted marque for these in the last 23 years.
The 2018 F1 season will soon feature 20 race weekends that will stretch up to the end of November, with the Abu Dhabi finale at Yas Marina.