The 2018 season of the Formula One season will not only see the race cars look different with the new Halo device, it will also get an upgraded safety car from Mercedes-AMG in the track modified version of their Mercedes-AMG GT-R.
The car is touted to be the most powerful safety car ever, with 585hp on tap and a capability of hitting a top speed of 318 km/h. It also marks the 23rd consecutive year of the brand providing the safety car for the global championship.
“I am very much looking forward to my new company car. It is an absolute highlight in terms of driving dynamics and is one level higher up still than the AMG GT S of recent years. Of course, ideally the safety car should be deployed as rarely as possible – but when we have to safely bunch up the Formula 1 field and lead it around the track, we will be superbly equipped with the AMG GT R”, says Bernd Mayländer, who will again be the driver of the Official FIA F1 Safety Car in the new season.
The AMG GT-R is powered by a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine is front-mid engine layout with a transaxle. The car uses active airflow control off the front bumper and underbody along with wide rear aerofoil and dual diffusers to enhance the inherent grip and downforce. Control is enhanced by active rear wheel steering and nine-way adjustable traction control.
Charlie Whiting, FIA F1 Director, says: “When a Safety Car intervention is required during a Grand Prix it’s vitally important that we have full confidence in the car’s ability to lead the Formula 1 cars around the track safely. That means we need a car which is not only capable of dealing with the extreme demands a Grand Prix circuit puts on a vehicle travelling at high speed, but also one which is capable of setting a pace that allows the F1 drivers to keep tyres and brakes working at the right kind of temperature so that they do not struggle while waiting for racing to resume. With the latest versions of the FIA F1 Medical and Safety Cars, that confidence is once again assured.”