The Mercedes AMG GT S will once again be piloted by Bernd Mayländer, who’s going on to his fifteenth season as an F1 safety car driver. The C 63 S succeeds the previous C 63 AMG Estate for the medical transport role, with Alan van der Merwe at the helm alongside co-driver and FIA’s head physician Dr Ian Roberts.
Mercedes AMG GT S is the finest Safety car yet
The GT S safety car needs no further introductions as it is the second sports car developed independently by Mercedes AMG. It boasts a front mid-engine concept with transaxle, the V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, the dual clutch transmission and the cutting-edge sports suspension with aluminium double-wishbone axles.
At a glance, the Mercedes AMG GT S safety car differs from the production version, obviously with the necessary FIA and F1 logos and the light bar on the roof. The light bar, with camera, flashes Orange (no overtaking) to Green (overtake safety car) during races to caution and signal the field.
From the back of the GT S, the rear aerofoil corresponds exactly to the aerofoil included in the Aerodynamics package; it forms part of the particularly exclusive “Edition 1”. The safety car runs on particularly light cross-spoke forged wheels with fully integrated wheel bolt covers. The forged wheels painted in matt black with high-sheen rim flanges are fitted with tyres in standard size 265/35 R 19 on 9 x 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 on 11 x 20 (rear).
Thanks to a aluminium lightweight design, the GT S is not only a lightweight speedster but has a low center of gravity and balanced weight distribution (47:53%). With a maximum power output of 510 hp and peak torque of 650 Nm, the 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, paired to a AMG SpeedShift DCT 7-speed sports transmission, guarantees high-end performance. The GT S dashes from a standing start to 100km in 3.8 seconds and attains a maximum speed of over 305 km/h (190 mph). The AMG SpeedShift DCT comes with Dynamic Plus package, which is valid as an option for GT S road version buyers. AMG SpeedShift DCT with Dynamic Plus which enables “Race” and “M” modes also include tauter spring and damper tuning, more negative camber at the front axle as well as an adapted speed-sensitive sports steering system. At the same time, the steering of the safety car is decked in black Dinamica microfiber and the instrument cluster displays yellow highlights.
As always, radio communication between the SC drivers and race organizers is accomplished via primary radio and an integrated second radio. There are two iPads for the co-driver to monitor F1 cars, with the left showing international feeds of the race and the right displaying current positions of the cars on the track or current lap times. Data management for the visual communication solutions is performed by an InCar Hotspot with WLAN.
Braking of the Mercedes AMG GT S safety car relies on high-performance ceramic composite braking system, with the ceramic front disc measuring 402 mm and the rear’s disc, 360 mm.