Mercedes-Benz is providing the safety car for Germany’s 2012 DTM race season and it’s a powerful one – a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series coupe.
To prepare the coupe for safety car duty, Mercedes installed an AMG sports exhaust system with a “special rear silencer” to keep “spectators at the race track and the TV audience in mind.” Unless “silencer” has a different meaning in German, this mod has us scratching our heads. Other additions include the requisite roof-mounted LED light bar, a two-way radio, a trunk-mounted rear-view camera aimed at the race cars, and plenty of stickers. Additionally, the three-point seat belts have been replaced with four-point units.
Everything under the hood is untouched, which means the coupe’s naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 still churns out 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, making it even more powerful than the C63 AMG coupe participating in the DTM race, which makes about 505 hp. The Black Series safety car is equipped with a number of packages from the AMG Performance Studio including the AMG Aerodynamics package and the AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber package.
Perhaps more important, however, is the AMG Track package that includes active rear axle gear cooling, sport tires, and a repositioned radiator.
All said, the Black Series coupe — driven by race driver Jürgen Kastenholz — should serve as an entertaining follow-up to last year’s DTM safety car, which was a C63 AMG sedan. The race series officially starts on April 29 at the Hockenheimring track.