• Mar 7th 2008 at 12:56PM
  • 15
Click either image for a high-res photo gallery of the AMG F1 Safety/Medical cars

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new AMG Safety and Medical cars that will stand watch over every F1 race this season. The CLK Safety Car of last year has been retired, and in its place is a modified SL 63 AMG. Beyond the usual Safety Car markings and lighting, this 525-horsepower SL sports a front fascia that's modified to allow for extra cooling requirements, composite brakes, carbon fiber body panels, as well as a redesigned rear diffuser insert. Since the SL won't be used for open-top cruising, the entire top mechanism has been ditched, and its roof remains in the upright position. That, plus additional weight reduction measures, shave a hefty 485 pounds (220 kilos) off the AMG SL, making it lighter than the production version even when you take the emergency lighting, communications gear, and other Safety Car-specific mods into account.

2008 F1 Medical Car - C63 AMG EstateThe Safety Car will be joined by the 457-horsepower C63 AMG Estate Medical Car. The Medical Car carries a team of four and a full suite of emergency equipment as it shadows the competitors on Lap 1 of each race (generally the diciest) and is intended to be the first vehicle on scene in the event of an accident. Like the SL63 Safety Car, the Medical Car wears a revised front fascia and rear diffuser, both of which are required for the car to meet its enhanced cooling needs. It too uses the AMG Performance Braking System, with composite brakes providing maximum stopping power. As you'll see in the attached gallery, both cars feature a pair of monitors in the instrument panel that allow the safety and medical teams to follow the race from inside the vehicles so they can be ready to move the moment an incident occurs. Look for both machines next weekend as the 2008 F1 campaign kicks off in Australia.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone. I like this particular article It gives me an additional input on the information around the world Thanks a lot and keep going with posting such information.
      Leading Medication
      • 5 Years Ago
      On a similar topic-does anyone know what tires the SC/MC use? I doubt some all-weather stuff would be good enough to get the kind of lap times they need... is there a safety car pit crew?


      Medical Health Blog
      • 7 Years Ago
      I got to see the wagon fly at Indy, that car is awesome!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I remember watching the 2007 F1 Europe round at Nurburgring when it started raining. The pace car had to slow down because on a wet track, the F1 cars couldn't keep up with it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, that was pretty amazing-if that red flag hadn't come out, Winklehock still would have had a pretty good lead when the SC left, especially because he had pit and put on wets O_O

        On a similar topic-does anyone know what tires the SC/MC use? I doubt some all-weather stuff would be good enough to get the kind of lap times they need... is there a safety car pit crew?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe they were driving so slow their tyres were cooling down and losing grip?

        As for the safety car, wow...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I also got to see these cars go around the track at Indy. They sounded awesome!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear Santa...

      I want a c63 estate please I promise I will stop speeding in my M3...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now put, umm.... 16 of them on the track and leave the F1 cars in the paddock. THEN we'll have a race worth watching.
    • Load More Comments
    Share This Photo X