2012 Mercedes C63 AMG Estate – F1 Medical Car At Australian GP
The 2011 Formula 1 season kicks off this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. For this occasion, the German automaker Mercedes will debut its updated 2012 C63 AMG Estate Official F1 Medical Car. This model has been used in this competition for the last three seasons, but this year it will appear in its facelifted shape with an updated design and revised technology that includes the AMG SpeedShift MCT seven-speed gearbox.
In addition, the car has been fitted with an aluminum hood that has modified powerdomes, a new radiator grille, headlamps, along with an AMG rear apron and an updated front apron that sports larger intake apertures and side air vents.
The car has a powerful V8 6.3-liter engine that benefits from the AMG Performance Pacakge, offering 487 hp @ 6,800 rpm, good enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds, not fast enough for keeping up with the F1 cars, but quick enough to get on time whenever there is a problem. Other goodies of this AMG package include the high-performance braking system with internally ventilated composite brake discs for the front axle, and the variable intake manifold painted in titanium grey. The car will roll on 19-inch rims, wrapped around in 235/35 R19 rubber for the front wheels and 255/30 R19 for the ones in the back.
The Medical Car will sport the F1 logos, the stroboscopic flashing LED lights (front & rear), a roof light bar, along with the number plate that will be illuminated with LEDs and displaying the words “Medical Car”.
As far as the cabin is concerned, the C63 AMG Estate will benefit from four sports bucket seats with 6-point seat belts. In addition, there are going to be two monitors integrated into the center console for monitoring the race, plus a radio set for communicating with the F1 Race Control.
The safety car for the 2011 Formula One season is going to be the beautiful Mercedes SLS AMG, which will be exactly the same as the one used for the 2010 season.
Expect a full coverage of the 2011 Formula One season.
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