Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the new Formula 1 safety car |

Formula 1 is one of the most extreme motorsport competitions, with the special race cars reaching dizzying speeds on the track.

As such, whenever there’s a crash, a safety car of equal performance must be used to set the pace of the racers. Starting with the 2010 F1 season, the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar will be used, as the SL63 AMG will be retired from duty.

The 571 HP SLS AMG has received some modifications, but no performance ones, keeping true to its already extreme nature. A carbon fiber hood with a front-mounted camera, a rear number plate with another camera and the special, “aerodynamically-designed” light bar (all-LED) have all been added to the German supercar in order to make it ready for safety car duty.

It will be driven by former DTM driver Bernd Mayländer, who also wrangled the SL63 AMG last season. Mercedes-Benz will also supply a special C63 AMG Estate (aka wagon) model, which will be used as the F1 Medical Car.

Overall, a pretty big win for MB, which hopes to impress everyone not only with the safety car, but also with their Mercedes GP race cars, driven by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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