Formula 1 gets new Safety Car for 2015
6 March 2015 – Formula 1 will have new Safety and Medical cars for the 2015 season, in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT S and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S respectively.
The new GT S Safety Car, which replaces the gull-wing SLS AMG GT, is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 510hp, with a 0-60mph time of 3.8s and a top speed of 310 km/h.
Bernd Mayländer will continue to drive the car, alongside co-driver Peter Tibbetts, who can monitor on track activity via two iPads and communicate with race control via radio.
"The gull-wing SLS AMG was my official car in Formula 1 for five years," explained Mayländer.
"Now I'm looking forward to the new Mercedes-AMG GT S, which I have been fortunate enough to get to know during its development phase.
"The new AMG sports car won me over immediately with its high-calibre race track performance."
Alan van der Merwe remains at the wheel of the Medical Car, transporting Dr Ian Roberts, the FIA's Medical Rescue Coordinator, to any incidents.
The C 63 S has room for two additional medical staff, and features a 490-litre luggage compartment for emergency equipment, including a defibrillator and respirator.