DTM premiere for a new Safety Car
From Formula 1 to the DTM
A new Safety Car is celebrating its DTM premiere: at the second DTM race weekend at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, the Mercedes-AMG GT S was set to be deployed for the very first time. As part of the DTM, the three manufacturers 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). In technical terms, the 375 kW (510 hp) eight-cylinder sports car is for the most part the same as the series production vehicle – just like its counterpart from the FIA Formula 1 World Championship™, the Official Safety Car. In its road-going guise the Mercedes-AMG GT S has turned heads since its market launch in March 2015 and now the sports car is also taking to the DTM stage.
Demanding profile of requirements
The Mercedes-AMG GT S is replacing the previous Safety Car, the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, which saw active service in the DTM from 2012 to 2014. As the second sports car independently developed by Mercedes-AMG, the GT S features a virtually identical configuration to the Official Safety Car being deployed at all of the 19 races of the 2015 Formula 1 season. High cornering speeds, dynamic bursts of acceleration and fast lap times – the profile of requirements is a demanding one. The ultimate goal is to guide the powerful 360 kW (490 hp) DTM touring cars safely around the circuit. In doing so, the Safety Car must not drive too slowly, in order to prevent the tyres and brakes cooling down too much and the engines overheating. To face up to such a hard job on the race rack the GT S boasts ideal qualifications.