When driving, those flashing lights on your rearview mirror are never “a good thing”, unless the lights are from this, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG As the 2010 Formula-1 (F1) racing circuit gets underway in 2 weeks. German automaker Mercedes-Benz is introducing several new projects to highlight its racing heritage, including the debut of SLS AMG Safety Car.
With its aeronautical body frame and mammoth 6.3-liter V8 engine, the SLS AMG F1 Safety Car could pump out 571 hp. In addition, a measurement of 3.8 seconds from 0 to 100km/h makes it perhaps the fastest & most powerful safety car to take the stage at F1 circuit. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission along with ESP traction control and specialized ceramic breaks easily make this SLS AMG an equal among its pro-racing peers.
But what is a safety car without its flashing lights? This new SLS AMG got plenty of that, with more to spare. Aerodynamically designed, the new light bar is the first to utilize all LEDs, a huge advantage in power consumption, brightness, and response time. 2 centre green light bars are turned on when the safety car joins the field. Once overtake the lead, the orange flashing lights are turned on to signal the racers there will be no overtaking. Strobes in headlamps and rear brake lights state the position of the car. Illuminated with 700 LEDs, the”Safety Car” plate positioned at the rear with integrated reversing camera help all parties to keep a safe distance at high speed.
Though its interior remained identical to other SLS AMG, the safety car crew, in this case, drivers Bernd Mayländer and Pete Tibbetts, will have a few additions to assist them in their duties a communication system and a marshalling platform, including race signals notification, light bar status, and a cockpit camera.