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Since 1996 Mercedes-Benz and AMG have supplied the official Formula One Safety Car and the 2008 season will continue this great tradition. Mercedes relationship with the world’s most popular form of motor racing has provide huge awareness of the stunning combination of luxury and performance that all AMG models provide their owners. Taking over from the CLK63 AMG used in 2006 and 2007, the newly updated SL63 has been modified to take over the 2008 Safety Car duties. In addition the obvious addition of lights and safety equipment this SL has been stripped of it’s retractable top mechanism and various panels have been replace with carbon fiber. These changes resulted in almost 500 pounds of weight savings.
Mercedes will also provide new wheels for Formula One’s Race Doctor and first responders. Based on the C63 AMG wagon, that we don’t get to enjoy in this country, the 2008 Medical Car carries a response team of four and emergency equipment as fast as possible to any accident.
Qualifying for the first Formula One race of the season starts in just 7 days.
Mercedes has officially released photos and details on the restyled 2009 SL-Class. The most noticeable styling change is obviously the new headlights. These bring the SL’s facial features in line with the trend that first started on the CLS. Beyond the headlights many of the SL’s body surfaces have been given more aggressive styling. Interior upgrades include the addition of the AIRSCARF headrest heating system that has been available on the SLK for a couple years. It appears that the available engines will remain the same with a few tweaks to improve fuel economy.
The basic chassis and engine are expected to remain the same until a complete redesign for 2013 but all of the body panels and much of the technology will be upgraded for this 2009 model.