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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG F1 Safety Car

Ready for the starting event of the Formula 1 World Championship in Melbourne, Australia (25-27 March 2011), Mercedes-AMG is once again providing the Official F1 Safety Car and the Official F1 Medical Car. The SLS AMG has been used in Formula 1 since 2010 and has not been changed for 2011. (continued below)

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG F1 Safety Car

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG F1 Safety Car Continues Unchanged in 2011

Source: Mercedes-AMG | Published: Fri Mar 25, 2011

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The SLS AMG Official F1 Safety Car is sent onto the track by Race Control whenever an accident or poor weather conditions endanger the safe progress of the race. The gull-wing is driven by German racing driver Bernd Mayländer (39), who has performed this function for the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) since 2000. Mayländer is not only on station for Formula 1 weekends, but also for most of the accompanying series such as the GP2 Series or Porsche Supercup.

During a race the SLS AMG Official F1 Safety Car is on standby in the pit lane. Its deployment is decided by Race Control. On receiving a radio message, Bernd Mayländer and his co-driver, FIA man Pete Tibbetts (45, from Great Britain), take to the track at the head of the field in order to guide the Formula 1 racing cars safely around the circuit.

Unique Vehicle Concept for Maximum Driving Dynamics

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has the best possible credentials for this demanding role in the top flight of motor racing: the engine, power transmission, suspension and braking system of the Official F1 Safety Car are the same as in the standard production SLS AMG. The exceptional technology package for the super sports car ensures perfect driving dynamics and means that no further technical modifications or lightweight design measures are necessary, with the sole exception of the all-new rear silencer, which allows the high-revving AMG V8 naturally aspirated engine to breathe more easily and offers Formula 1 fans an even more emotionally charged sound experience.

The AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine has a peak output of 571 hp at 6,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 480 lb-ft (650 Nm) at 4,750 rpm, enabling the gull-wing model to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Fast lap times are a matter of course for the Official F1 Safety Car, otherwise the Formula 1 cars' tires and brakes would cool down too quickly, while their engines could overheat.

The unique vehicle concept is a key factor in ensuring outstanding driving dynamics: the aluminum spaceframe body keeps the vehicle weight down to 3,572 lbs (1,620 kilograms). And thanks to the dry-sump lubrication system, the AMG V8 powerplant can be installed very low down, resulting in a beneficial lowering of the vehicle's center of gravity. The installed position well behind the front axle, and the transaxle arrangement of the new seven-speed double-clutch transmission on the rear axle, have a positive effect on the weight distribution, which is 47/53 percent (front/rear). Pure motorsport technology is used for the AMG sports suspension: aluminum double-wishbone axles at front and rear ensure outstanding driving dynamics with precise turn-in ability, first-class agility, low mass inertia during fast changes in direction, and therefore high cornering limits.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG F1 Safety Car: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 379 cu in (6208 cc)
Power 571 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque 480 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
Redline n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 265/35 R19 - 295/30 R19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb Weight 3572 lbs
0-60 mph 3.7 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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