The world will get its first look at the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Estate in action at this weekend’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Officially unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, the Estate at Albert Park will have a few extra features you won’t find on the options list at your local dealer, however, as this one is fitted out as the official F1 Medical Car.
On the outside, the special edition C 63 AMG Estate gets a roof light bar, ‘stroboscopic’ flashing LEDs at the front and rear, LED ‘Medical Car’ signage on the tailgate and a number of printed F1 logos – all to make it more visible to the drivers.
Behind the wheel will be 31-year-old South African racing driver, Alan van der Merwe, while FIA Grand Prix chief medical officer, Dr Gary Hartstein, will act as co-driver. Two assisting medical experts from the host country will ride in the back throughout the season, while the 485-litre luggage area in the back stores all emergency equipment, including a defibrillator and respiration apparatus.
A back-up vehicle will also be brought to Australia for the race, along with two SLS AMG safety cars.
Other than the extra features mentioned above, the Mercedes Medical Car will be a standard C 63 AMG Estate.
There’s really no need to coax any more power out of the engine. The Medical Car gets the AMG performance package treatment, meaning the 6.3-litre V8 engine V8 engine produces 358kW of power and 600Nm of torque, and accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz Australia’s Jerry Stamoulis confirmed earlier this week that the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Estate would arrive in Australia in September, alongside the sedan and coupe variants.