New Formula One safety car unveiled

Mercedes AMG has unveiled the new Formula One safety and medical cars for the 2015 season, the GT S and C 63 S.

Both cars will make their debut when the season kicks off in Australia next week.

The new safety car, the second sports car developed independently by Mercedes-AMG, is powered by a 510bhp 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine.

The GT S accelerates from a standing start to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and can reach of 310 km/h.

The car is fitted with a modified exhaust system for a more striking engine sound.

The GT S includes an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, the same used by the series production unit.

German Bernd Maylander will be again the man in charge of driving the car.

"The gull-wing SLS AMG was my official car in Formula 1 for five years," Maylander said.

"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."

The former DTM driver also works as an instructor for the AMG Driving Academy and as a Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador at selected events.



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Series Formula 1
Event Mercedes AMG safety and medical cars unveil
Sub-event Presentation
Track Vallelunga Circuit
Drivers Bernd Maylander
Article type Breaking news
Tags safety car