The BMW M4, Audi RS5 and Mercedes C63 DTM race cars will be kept in check by a new safety car from Mercedes-AMG. The GT S is essentialy the same as
the one used in Formula 1.
The new sports car will help to ensure maximum safety on the race track in the DTM, the world's most popular touring car series. In technical terms, the 503-horsepower eight-cylinder sports car is for the most part the same as the series production vehicle.
As part of the DTM, the three manufacturers (Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz) regularly switch their Safety Cars, meaning that the GT S will also be deployed at the fourth race in Zandvoort, Netherlands (10 to 12 July) and at the final race in Hockenheim (16 to 18 October).
At the wheel of the official Safety Car will be racing driver Jurgen 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.
Aerodynamically Optimized Carbon-Fiber Roof Air Scoop
In terms of appearance, the Mercedes-AMG GT S Safety Car differs from the series production vehicle above all by virtue of the striking light bar on the roof. It is positioned on a carbon-fiber air scoop which offers the least possible airstream resistance while at the same time providing for an aerodynamically optimized flow of air towards the fixed rear aerofoil. The positioning and design of the carbon-fiber air scoop and the light bar are the result of extensive wind tunnel tests. The additional front spoiler as well as the rear aerofoil reduce lift at the front and rear axles. Both form part of the Aerodynamics package which is also available for the road vehicle, as fitted to the exclusive "Edition 1" model.
Sports Bucket Seats
Six-point seat belts and sports bucket seats with the AMG emblem provide maximum support for the Safety Car's crew. The interior of the GT S otherwise corresponds to that of the production vehicle.
Same Engine as in Production Mercedes-AMG GT S
The drivetrain of the Safety Car corresponds to the system featuring on the road-going version of the AMG GT S. With a maximum power output of 503 hp and peak torque of 479 lb-ft (650 Nm), the 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine guarantees high-end performance: the GT S dashes from a standing start to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and attains a maximum speed of 193 mph (310 km/h). As music to the ears of the fans in the stands and in front of their TV screens, the GT S is fitted with a modified Performance exhaust system for an even more striking AMG V8 engine sound which is predestined to give spectators goose bumps.