Mercedes-AMG’s GT R F1 safety car is returning with a “halo of unity” as the 2020 Formula One Grand Prix is re-launched,media reported. The new safety car symbolizes solidarity against racism and inequality, according to F1’s recent campaigns of the “WeRaceAsOne” and safe driving.
For the past 25 years, Mercedes-AMG’s F1 safety cars have typically come in silver and black colours. But at the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix on July 5th, Mercedes-AMG has come up with more colorful and richer content for fans around the world to enjoy. In a show of commitment to combating racial inequality and social injustice, the new F1 safety car is decorated with rainbow motifs to support the effort.
Rainbow themes can be seen on the back of the vehicle. In addition, you’ll find the hashtags on the bonnet, as well as the hashtags “PurposeDriven” on the roof and tailgate. The latter is shown to promote the FIA’s commitment to safety, sustainable development, diversity and gender equality.
This new theme has also been applied to the official emergency vehicle of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S S Estate. But apart from the new coating scheme, the two vehicles have remained virtually unchanged from a technical and mechanical point of view. In particular, the Mercedes-AMG GT R F1 safety car, still powered by a 4.0T V8 twin-turbo engine, has a maximum power of 585 hp and a maximum torque of 520 lb-ft, effectively making it the most powerful F1 safety car in history.
According to Mercedes-AMG, the GT R F1 safety vehicle has a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of only 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 317 km/h (197 mph). It’s hardly surprising considering that a Mercedes-AMG GT R was the new racetrack’s lap speed record in 2016. Its score was 7 minutes 10 seconds 92, making it the “fastest road car to conquer the ring circuit”. Of course, the record was later surpassed, but it was a high indication of gt R’s speed tendency.
However, in order to meet the requirements of the FIA and become the official safety car of Formula One, the Mercedes-AMG GT R has been adjusted to maintain a higher minimum speed. Mercedes did just that, using sophisticated aerodynamics, advanced lightweight construction and a sturdy chassis. This weekend, at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix on July 5th, you can catch a glimpse of F1’s new Mercedes-AMG safety car. It will be driven by German racer Bernd Mayl?nder, who has been doing so for the past 20 years.