Mercedes Updates the Formula 1 Safety Car

Mercedes Benz has shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor show last week its brand new Mercedes AMG GT3 race car that will replace the current SLS AMG GT3 and will be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of 2015. Besides the SLS AMG GT3, Mercedes also updated the Formula 1 safety car and the medical cars as well.

After nearly 20 years providing safety and medical cars for Formula 1, Mercedes brings for the 2015 Formula One World Championship its brand new Mercedes AMG GT as the safety car and C63 AMG S Estate as medical car replacing the old SLS AMG and C63 AMG wagon, which have held the position since 2010 and 2008, respectively.

In addition to the typical F1 silver livery, the Mercedes AMG GT was equipped with a huge lightbar mounted atop on carbon fiber hood that according to Mercedes optimizes airflow to the rear wing — the location of the lights was confirmed via wind tunnel testing. Inside, two iPads allow the passenger, fuel analyst Peter Tibbetts, to monitor the race’s world feed as well as race data. The tablets stay connected via an in-car, wireless internet connection.

The C63 AMG S Estate medical car receives a lightbar at the top and signaling systems in the headlights and taillights, while the cargo compartment includes both a respirator and a defibrillator, to manage more serious medical emergencies.

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