C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series provides for safety in the DTM: The new
DTM Safety Car: the most powerful C-Class of all time
A further highlight of the 2012 DTM season in addition to the
spectacular new Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé will be the DTM Safety Car: right
from the off, C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series will be providing the
necessary safety for the world's most popular touring car series. With
a maximum output of 380 kW (517 hp), this two-seater is the most
powerful C-Class of all time. The German Touring Car Masters (DTM)
gets underway at the Hockenheimring on 29 April 2012.
The Safety Car is deployed under the direction of the German
Motorsport Association (DMSB), which is responsible for implementing
safety measures, ensuring compliance with safety standards and
discharging the attendant official sporting functions in accordance
with the DTM rules. The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series Safety Car driven
by racing driver Jürgen Kastenholz (44) is intended to ensure maximum
safety for racing drivers, spectators and track marshals in case of
dangerous situations, such as extreme weather conditions, accidents or
other incidents. In response to a radio message from the race
organisers, the Safety Car enters the track and leads the DTM field
around the circuit until normal racing can be resumed.
The most powerful C-Class of all time stands for spectacular design,
technology transfer from the field of motorsport and driving dynamics
of the very highest calibre. As such, the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
only required modification to a few points of detail for deployment as
the DTM Safety Car. The most striking feature distinguishing it from
the series production version is the aerodynamically optimised light
bar on the roof. Energy-efficient, fast-response LEDs in green and
orange keep the DTM racing drivers informed of the current situation.
Green: the two central green lights on the front and rear are always
active when the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series enters the field at the
beginning of a Safety Car phase. Continuous green is the signal for
all DTM drivers to overtake the Safety Car.
Orange: as soon as the Safety Car is in position in front of all DTM
vehicles, the green LEDs are switched off and the orange LEDs are
activated. The flashing orange lights at the outer ends of the light
bar indicate that overtaking is absolutely prohibited.
The stroboscope-like flashing LED lights on the front and rear remain
active throughout the Safety Car phase. The license plate with Safety
Car lettering which is illuminated by LEDs on the boot lid provides
for better visibility in poor weather.
Engine, power transmission, chassis, suspension and brake system
corresponding to series production variant
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine corresponds to the series-production
engine: with a maximum output of 380 kW (517 hp) and maximum torque of
620 Newton metres it even tops the roughly 377 kW (500 hp) V8 engine
in the Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé which is being used in the DTM. The
high-speed naturally aspirated engine enables acceleration to 100 km/h
from a standing start in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h
(electronically limited). With the spectators at the race track and
the TV audience in mind, the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series Safety Car is
fitted with a modified AMG sports exhaust system. The special rear
silencer guarantees a distinctive AMG V8 sound.
Engine cooling, power transmission, chassis and suspension, brake
system – these areas have been honed to perfection and did not require
any modification. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
with four drive programmes, double-declutching function and RACE START
guarantees direct and fast gear-shifting. As is customary in
motorsport and typical for a Black Series model, the AMG sports
suspension is designed as a coil-over suspension. It covers a broad
range of adjustment options for an individual race track set-up. The
standard-fit AMG rear-axle differential lock with locking effect in
acceleration and deceleration mode combines with the 3-stage ESP® for
reliable traction. The AMG high-performance braking system featuring
motorsport-tested compound brake disks at the front offers extremely
short stopping distances and fade-resistant deceleration performance.
Optional equipment from the AMG Performance Studio
The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series DTM Safety Car is equipped with the
AMG Track package, the AMG Aerodynamics package, the AMG Exterior
Carbon-Fibre package and forged AMG light-alloy wheels. The AMG Track
package comprises active rear axle gear cooling and sports tyres. The
radiator is positioned in front of the diffuser insert in the rear
apron, where it effectively takes in the air stream. The specially
developed Dunlop Sport Maxx Race sports tyres in size 255/35 R 19 at
the front and 285/30 R 19 at the rear are fitted on forged AMG wheels
which are painted matt black with a high-sheen rim flange.
The AMG Aerodynamics package includes so-called flics and a
functionally designed genuine carbon-fibre front splitter on the front
apron, plus a fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil with adjustable blade.
All three components provide the vehicle with a sharper profile while
optimising its aerodynamic balance. The AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre
package covers exterior mirror housings, the inserts in the side sill
panels and a diffuser insert in genuine carbon fibre. All optional
equipment items come from the AMG Performance Studio and are available
ex-factory for every C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series.
Functional race-track atmosphere in the interior
The interior also corresponds to the series production model, with a
few exceptions. The two AMG sports bucket seats ensure optimum lateral
support for driver and co-driver. In view of the intended deployment
on the race track, four-point seat belts are used. Optimum control of
the vehicle is guaranteed by the AMG Performance steering wheel in
nappa leather/DINAMICA with flattened top and bottom rim sections and
aluminium gearshift paddles.
AMG carbon-fibre trim featuring the "AMG Black Series" logo
underscores the functional race-track atmosphere. For communication
with the race organisers, the Safety Car is equipped with a two-way
radio system and TV monitor. The camera located next to the rear
license plate provides the co-driver with a view of the DTM cars
following the Safety Car. Under the monitor there are four buttons in
blue, green, orange and silver for operating the light bar, the
stroboscope-type flashing LED lights and the horn.
DTM Safety Car provided by Mercedes-AMG since 2000
Mercedes-AMG has been providing the Safety Car ever since the
beginning of the "new" DTM in 2000, alternating with Audi
from race to race – and since 2012 with BMW also. In the Formula 1
World Championship, an SLS AMG is deployed as an Official F1
Safety-Car and a C 63 AMG Estate serves as an Official F1 Medical Car.
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