MERCEDES-BENZ and the FIA have announced today that the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will act as the official safety car for the 2010 Formula 1 championship.
Making its debut at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 12, the SLS AMG will take over from last year's F1 safety car, the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG.
The new safety car, piloted by former DTM steerer Bernd Marylander, is virtually identical to the road-going SLS AMG but for a pair of amber LED roof lights.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is powered by a 6.2 litre V8 engine, developing 420kW of power and a stout 650Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h run is dispatched in just 3.8 seconds and top speed is electronically limted to 317km/h.
European pricing will start at around €177,310 (AU$298,900) when it arrives in German showrooms this year. Australian pricing and a precise sale date will be revealed sometime later in 2010.