Page 1 of 1 Displaying dynamism and exclusivity in equally high measure, the road version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG has found many enthusiastic owners all around the globe. Now the high-performance Coupé made its sporting debut as the official Formula One Safety Car. Finished in striking silver, the two-door CLK-Class model will help ensure safety on the race circuit, starting at the first Grand Prix of 2003 in Melbourne/Australia and continuing for the rest of the Formula One season. Piloted by experienced Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Bernd Mayländer, the Safety Car intervenes in the event of accidents, adverse weather conditions or other critical situations which jeopardise safety on the race track. As the official Safety Car of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), the CLK 55 AMG will be on call at each of the 16 Formula One circuits, enabling it to display its sporting prowess in front of a world-wide audience of potentially billions.
Powerful acceleration is provided by the AMG eight-cylinder engine with 5.5-litre displacement and an output of 270 kW/367 hp. Modifications introduced to optimise aerodynamics, the cooling system, fuel tank, fuel supply, suspension and brakes ensure not only superb driving dynamics but also an extremely long service life and highly impressive reliability - whether it be in the tropical heat of the Malaysian Grand Prix or in cooler climes such as the Nürburgring in Germany.
At first glance, the main differences between the Safety Car and its standard production counterpart are the F1 logos and the emergency lights on the roof. When the Safety Car is called into action, Bernd Mayländer first switches on the green light, signalling that he is about to join the middle of the field. This is also the signal for any F1 cars behind him to overtake. Once the Safety takes the lead position in the field, the orange flashing lights are switched on. These tell the F1 drivers that no overtaking whatsoever is allowed. The white stroboscopic lights in the headlamps and taillights perform a general signalling function in that they always flash when the Safety Car is in action.
To enable communication with Race Control, the Safety Car is fitted with a vast array of equipment, including radio systems as well as several TV cameras mounted inside and outside the vehicle. This extra equipment requires its own power supply with a second alternator and battery. Two racing-design bucket seats with 4-point belts, black/grey leather appointments and a titanium-coloured carbon trim emphasise the uniquely special character of the new FIA Safety Car made by AMG. Page 1 of 1