Mercedes-Benz has upgraded its F1 Safety Car replacing the SLS AMG with the newer SLS AMG GT. The GT evolution of the gull-wing model made its first appearance in a race situation at this month’s 2012 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix and will also be deployed at the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix.
The GT model comes with improved driving dynamics, better on-track performance, a 20Hp boost for a total of 583hp (591PS) from its 6.2-liter V8 and new design features such as the darkened headlamps and taillights and the grille finish.
The changes over the regular production model are kept to a minimum and include a specially developed and more sonorous rear silencer, F1 decals, safety lights on the rear window, bucket seats with six-point seat belts, two central screens that allow the driver and co-pilot to monitor the progress of the race and a radio system to communicate with the organizers.
Wimmer RS has prepared a raft of mechanical upgrades that among other things, include new cylinder heads, sport cam shafts, modified throttle, custom exhaust and catalyst, and a software optimization, which all help to bump output to 615Hp (624PS).
That’s makes the C63 AMG Wagon far more powerful than supercars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, both of which make do with 562hp (570PS).
Other go-fast features include a club sport suspension from KW, which was specifically tailored for this model by KW automotive, spacers from H & R, as well as a limited slip differential from the Drexler Company.
A set of 19-inch aluminum wheels from BBS wrapped in Dunlop high-performance tires are also part of the package, while the yellow wrap comes courtesy of a company named ‘BRUXSAFOL’.
The extra kick allows the SLS AMG Roadster to hit 100km/h (62mph) from standstill in 3.6 seconds and top out at 330km/h (205mph), an improvement of 0.2 seconds and 13km/h (8mph) over the factory model respectively.
A high performance brake system along with a stainless steel exhaust system with throttle control and changes to the suspension that include a revamped AMG RIDE CONTROL and sport springs, are also part of the package.
On the styling front, the SLS AMG Roadster gets a front apron, a boot spoiler and side skirts made from carbon fiber, plus a new set of 20-inch alloy rims shod in tires size 265/30-20 on the front and 315/25-20 on the rear axle, and carbon fiber trim for the interior.
In Germany, the entire package is priced at €85,130 (US$104,400).