Affalterbach. A new Safety Car celebrates its DTM premiere: at the second DTM race at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz (29 to 31 May 2015), the
In its road-going guise the
At the wheel of the official Safety Car will be racing driver Jürgen Kastenholz (47). He takes to the track when dangerous situations, such as an accident, extreme weather conditions or other incidents make it necessary for the vehicle to be deployed. The objective is to achieve maximum safety for the drivers, spectators and track marshals. After receiving a radio message from the race organizers, the Safety Car takes up its position at the head of the DTM field and guides the cars around the track until the normal course of the race can be resumed once more.
AMG sports cars also feature as the Official Safety Car in Formula 1®
To face up to such a hard job on the race rack the GT S boasts ideal qualifications: the front mid-engine concept with transaxle, the V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, the dual clutch transmission and the sports suspension with aluminum double-wishbone axles provide the basis for fast laps on the race circuit. Excellent driving dynamics are innate in the genetic make-up of the
Drivetrain matches that of the GT S road-going version
The drivetrain of the Safety Car is identical to that used on the road-going version of the
The Safety Car runs on particularly light cross-spoke forged wheels with fully integrated wheel bolt covers. The forged wheels painted in matte black with high-sheen rim flanges are fitted with tires in standard size 265/35 R 19 on 9 x 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 on 11 x 20 (rear). This wheel/tire combination is also optionally available to customers for the
The high-performance ceramic composite braking system is also available as an option for the road-going version of the GT. The advantages of this system are lower weight, a longer service life and even better fade resistance thanks to the ceramic brake discs with a diameter of 402 millimeters at the front and 360 millimeters at the rear.
Aerodynamically optimized carbon-fiber air scoop on the roof
In terms of appearance, the
All signalling functions on the light bar are performed by fast-responding, energy-efficient LEDs. Overview of functions:
The special number plate at the rear with Safety Car lettering and orange/green LEDs is synchronized with the light bar and provides for added safety in the dark or in rain. The headlamps and tail lights perform an additional important signalling function: whenever the Safety Car is on the track, a stroboscopic effect makes the car even more conspicuous.
Cockpit with radio equipment and sports bucket seats
While Jürgen Kastenholz is fully focused on the race track and keeping an eye on the DTM field in the rear view mirror, his co-driver is in radio contact with the race organizers. Six-point seat belts and sports bucket seats with the AMG emblem provide maximum support for the Safety Car's crew. The Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather / DINAMICA microfiber with flattened bottom section, silver-colored aluminum shift paddles and 12-o'clock marking guarantees maximum vehicle control. The interior of the