This year, Mercedes once again will sponsor their SL 63 AMG and C 63 AMG Estate to become the official safety and medical cars for the 2009 Formula One season. It is started here at Kuala Lumpur Sepang International Circuit. The AMG cars is specially designed with light weight material, better performance and handling, bigger space for any emergency equipment. The Malaysian F1 GP will be held this weekend 3 to 5 April 2009. Featured here is the picture of Official safety and medical car for the F1 Grand Prix Sepang and the specification
MERCEDES SL 63 AMG AS OFFICIAL SAFETY CARS & MEDICAL CARS IN 2009 FORMULA ONE
The SL 63 AMG safety car will be piloted by former DTM driver Bernd Mayländer and under instruction from race management, Bernd will guide the world’s fastest racing drivers around the circuit. Since he will be leading hype-sensitive racing cars that can overheat and lose traction at low speeds, the SL 63 AMG was chosen for its powerful 386 kW (525 hp) 6.3-liter V8 engine that allows the car to run from 0-100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds.
Despite the SL’s already legendary performance, several changes were made in order to ensure the safety car can live up to its demanding objective. Among the modifications is a new AMG sport exhaust system which allows for better engine breathing, a newly developed AMGSPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission that can change gears in just 100 milliseconds, and a revised coil-over suspension which can be customized for each individual race track that the car will be driven on. To endure the high temperatures that racing duty requires, Mercedes equipped the SL with additional cooling systems and designed special 19-inch extra-light AMG wheels that optimize cooling of the car’s high-performance composite braking system.
The company also went to great lengths to reduce weight which is highlighted by the fact that the safety car weighs 220 kilograms less than the SL 63 AMG production car despite the addition of all the high-performance modifications. To boast a total weight of 1750 kilograms, Mercedes ditched the SL’s folding metal roof and used carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic on the engine bonnet, front and rear aprons, front wings and luggage compartment lid. Even the interior gets gutted of its luxurious appointments as it instead features twin AMG sports seats, two center console mounted video monitors for viewing race conditions, and a two-way radio system for communication with race management.
For a medical car, Mercedes once again decided to use the C 63 AMG Estate which features a 6.3-liter V8 engine that produces 336 kW (457 hp) and 600 Nm of torque. Like the safety car, the medical car also receives a new sport exhaust system, optimized cooling systems, and a composite braking system. Driven by Alan van de Merwe and co-driver Dr. Gary Hartstein, the wagon features room for two medical assistants and all their emergency equipment.
AMG once again provides the Official F1TM Safety Car and Official F1TM Medical Car: SL 63 AMG and C 63 AMG Estate to continue to help ensure maximum safety for the 2009 Formula 1 season
220 kilograms lighter than the series-production vehicle thanks to targeted lightweight design measures
The Official F1TM Medical Car is driven by racing driver Alan van de Merwe (South Africa). His co-driver is Dr. Gary Hartstein (Belgium), who is the official FIA Grand Prix Chief Medical Officer. Both of them are accommodated in AMGsports bucket seats with 4-point seatbelts, as are the two medical assistants in the rear. Two monitors in the centre console help the crew to supervise the action on the racetrack, while an on-board two-way radio system is responsible for communication with the race management. The functional feel of the interior is marked by black leather appointments and aluminium trim parts. The 365-millimetre AMG performance steering wheel with its flat underside on the steering wheel rim and AMGaluminium shift paddles guarantees perfect control over the vehicle. With its unrivalled volume of 485 litres, the luggage compartment offers ample space for the full complement of emergency equipment, including defibrillator and respirator.
Both the SL 63 AMG Official F1TM Safety Car and the C 63 AMG Estate Official F1TM Medical Car impressively document the transfer from motorsport to series production. With reference to the example of the SL 63 AMG, numerous components in the Safety Car are available straight from the factory. The AMGPerformance Package includes, for instance, the 360-millimetre composite disc brakes on the front axle; the rear-axle differential lock; the 19-inch AMG light-alloy forged wheels and the AMG performance steering wheel. The same is true of the Medical Car: the AMG Performance Package for the C 63 AMG (saloon and estate models) includes, for example, the composite disc brakes on the front axle, the rear-axle differential lock, the AMG performance suspension and the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/alcantara. The 19-inch AMGlight-alloy wheels are optionally available.
All AMG Safety Cars at a glance:
1996: C 36 AMG (W 202)
from 1997: CLK 55 AMG (C 208)
2000: CL 55 AMG (C 215)
from 2001: SL 55 AMG (R 230)
2003: CLK 55 AMG (C 209)
from 2004: SLK 55 AMG (R 171)
from 2006: CLK 63 AMG (C 209)
from 2008: SL 63 AMG (R 230)
All AMG Medical Cars at a glance
1996: C 36 AMG (W 202)
1997: C 36 AMG (W 202); E 60 AMG (W 210)
from 1998: C 55 AMG Estate (S 202)
from 2001: C 32 AMG Estate (S 203)
from 2004: C 55 AMG Estate (S 203)
from 2008: C 63 AMG Estate (S 204)
As early as 1984, an AMG E-Class Coupé with V8 engine was used occasionally as the Medical Car. Consequently, the activities of the Affalterbach-based company are also evidence of Mercedes-Benz’s long-standing commitment to Formula 1.