The Mercedes SLS AMG was first used as a Safety Car back in 2010 shortly after its official debut. Now, for the 2012 racing season, the SLS is returning as the Official F1 Safety Car. The Safety Car is based on the standard SLS AMG, with absolutely no changes made to the standard 571 HP 6.3-liter V8 engine, or its suspension and braking system.

What Mercedes did do was add a newly developed exhaust – designed to provide an even more emotionally-charged sound experience - as a tribute to the Formula 1 fans. Next to this, the Safety Car also received a roof light bar that boasts an aerodynamically efficient profile. The bar’s light functions are handled by LEDs which offer a fast response time and low power consumption. The colors change to green when the Formula 1 drivers can overtake the Safety Car or orange when no overtaking whatsoever is allowed. The roof light bar also incorporates a TV camera and a second camera located next to the rear number plate that allows the driver and co-driver to keep an eye on the Formula 1 cars.

The interior of the Mercedes SLS AMG Safety Car is almost identical to the production car, except of course for the two central monitors placed in the cockpit, which are used to monitor the progress of the race.

  • 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Safety Car
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    571 @ 6800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    650 @ 4750
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    6.3 L
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  (577) posted on 05.23.2012

Formula 1 Safety Cars is greater with this Mercedes SLS, but do you think they downgraded it for just a safety car? 

  (647) posted on 04.18.2012

They made its safety purposes more apparent by dressing it up like that.

  (446) posted on 04.17.2012

I’m thankful that this has been recognized at the show. You don’t need to scrutinize to notice its credibility.

  (444) posted on 04.13.2012

It wasn’t necessary for this to be pimped anyway. Just one actual run, and it could already impress the people.

  (595) posted on 04.12.2012

The existing components are already abundant in safety and security. Is the exterior only natural?

  (449) posted on 03.23.2012

There is no way that you can make this AMG a safety car, personally. However, it seems pretty nice and perfect for street racers at night.

  (401) posted on 03.22.2012

This is exceptional; the little changes in details made it more appealing. The existing features are astounding as ever.

  (579) posted on 03.20.2012

So basically, this car is only garnished for the effect? It said no changes have been made; therefore, it’s just for display purposes.

  (474) posted on 03.18.2012

In my honest opinion, it is quite a waste. The changes are very minimal; I thought they would be adding more useful features to it.

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