Safe through the DTM season

Affalterbach, 29 May 2015

The road-going version of the Mercedes - AMG GT S has its launch already behind him: Since March 2015, the new sports car in the showrooms with the star is. Now the GT S enters the stage of the German Touring Car Championship DTM. The first appearance as the official safety car of the Mercedes-AMG GT S at the second round of the season at the Lausitzring in late May.

Only the exhaust system is different

The powertrain is similar to the road version of the AMG GT S to 100 percent. For the maximum output of 510 hp and maximum torque of 650 Newton meters of 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is responsible. 3.8 seconds for the sprint the car needs from zero to 100 km / h. It reaches a top speed of 310 km / h. A modified performance exhaust system should be the distinctive V8 sound. The production car the other hand, is the seven-speed sports transmission. The ceramic brake system is available as an option for the GT road version.

optical differences

Visually, the Mercedes-AMG GT S Safety Car differs from the production vehicle mainly by the striking LED light bar on the roof. There are also an additional front spoiler and a rear wing, designed to reduce lift on front and rear axle. Both are part of the available for the road vehicle aerodynamics kit.

Radio equipment and sports bucket seats in the cockpit

The communication between the Race Director and Safety Car crew is ensured via an on-board radio. For maintenance six-point seat belts and sports bucket seats with AMG emblem. A flat-bottomed Performance leather steering wheel with twelve-clock tag replaces the standard valance. Incidentally, the interior of the GT S on series level.

Driver and inserts

At the wheel of a racing driver Jürgen Kastenholz is sitting. He goes out on the track, when dangerous situations such as accidents, extreme weather conditions or other incidents make a bet necessary. The GT S replaces the previous Mercedes - safety car, which was active as the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series from 2012 to 2014. However, Audi and BMW provide security cars available, so that the vehicles move at regular intervals and the GT S only at the fourth round at Zandvoort ( July 10 to 12 ) and the final race at Hockenheim is ( October 16 to 18 ) are used , (ml)