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.
The Safety Car would respond to a radio message from the race organizers and will go in the track and lead the DTM field around the circuit until normal racing is resumed.
This C-Class, the most powerful of all time, features a fantastic design and technology transfer from the field of motorsport as well as the best driving dynamics.
Because of this, minimal revisions were required for the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series to be fit to be deployed as the DTM Safety Car. What makes it different from the series production version is its aerodynamically optimized light bar located on the roof. The DTM racing drivers know what the current situation is through its energy-efficient, fast-response LEDs in green and orange.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupé Black Series DTM Safety Car is reinforced with technology that enhanced driving performance – an AMG Track package, the AMG Aerodynamics package, the AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package and forged AMG light-alloy wheels.
The AMG Track package comprises of active rear axle gear cooling and sports tires. The radiator is positioned in front of the diffuser insert in the rear apron, where air stream can be more effectively taken.
The specially developed Dunlop Sport Maxx Race sports tires, sized 255/35 R 19, at the front and 285/30 R 19 at the rear are fitted on forged AMG wheels; which are in matte black with a high-sheen rim flange.
AMG Aerodynamics package includes a functionally designed genuine carbon-fibre front splitter on the front apron, and a fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil with adjustable blade. All three components provide the vehicle with a sharper profile while optimizing its aerodynamic balance.
Exterior mirror housings were covered by the AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package, with the inserts in the side sill panels and a diffuser insert in genuine carbon fibre. All optional equipment items come from the AMG Performance Studio and are available for every Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupé Black Series.
The interior also corresponds to the series production model, though, with a few exceptions. The two AMG sports bucket seats ensure optimum lateral support for driver and co-driver. In view of the intended deployment on the race track, four-point seat belts are used. Optimum control of the vehicle is guaranteed by the AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA with flattened top and bottom rim sections and aluminum gearshift paddles.