The 2011 Mercedes C63 AMG DTM is aimed to be used as the Safety Car for the 2011 DTM season and is planned to make its debut on the 1st of May 2011 at the opening race of the German Touring Car Masters season at the Hockenheimring. The German motor racing's governing body, the Deutsche Motorsportbund, assumed the responsability for safety implementation and compliance together with performing official sports functions, meeting the DTM requirements. One of the main functions of the C 63 AMG Safety Car is to provide maximum safety for the spectators and racing drivers in the case of dangerous situations, such as accidents, extreme weather conditions or other incidents. The Safety Car places itself at the head of the DTM field when it is radioed by Race Control and leads the cars around the circuit until it is safe to resume the normal racing. In terms of design and technology, the new C63 AMG used for the 2011 DTM season boasts an incredible 6.3-liter V8 engine that raises an output of 487 HP and a peak torque of 600 Nm. As compared to the standard model, which delivered 457 HP, there is a power increase due to the AMG Performance Package. Distinguishing features of the DTM Safety Car compared to the standard C 63 AMG include distinctive DTM Safety Car logos, the LED light bar on the roof and the stroboscopic flashing LED lights at the front and rear. Special features of the Performance Package include the variable intake manifold painted in titanium grey and the AMG high-performance braking system with compound brake discs at the front axle. The innovative AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is part of the new equipment and it incorporates four transmission modes, a wet start-up clutch together with RACE START functions that ensure optimum driving dynamics.
The radiator inflow is optimized by the AMG front apron that features side air outlets and enlarged openings. Comprising compound brake discs with six-piston brake callipers at the front axle and steel brake discs with four-piston brake callipers at the rear axle, the AMG high-performance braking system was improved for the race track.
Safety on the race track in the Formula-1 World Championship is ensured by the SLS AMG used as the Official F1TM Safety Car, while the Official F1TM Medical Car is a C 63 AMG Estate.
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