The 00 car at a rally has an important function: run the course before the competitors to inspect everything from signage and bannering to whether or not spectators are in the right locations. That is, unless it’s on fire. Then it doesn’t do a very good job of checking anything.
Everyone figured the Monaco Grand Prix was decided before the race was even halfway over with Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton making short work of increasing the gap on teammate Nico Rosberg. Not so. Here’s how Hamilton lost his first-place finish in one pit stop.
Just because it's called a "safety car" doesn't mean it's always 100% safe. Any time you stick a slower vehicle out in front of faster-moving traffic, you're going to have trouble if everyone isn't paying attention. Here is a collection of pace car fails from over the years.
Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. government built a fleet of cars that were safer than anything on the road. Twenty-five years ago, the government shredded them in secret. Two escaped the crusher. This is their story.
Mercedes has unveiled the official SL63 AMG pace car and C63 wagon medical car for the 2008 Formula One series. The models' first race will be at the Australian GP in Melbourne next week. In addition to copious amounts of safety equipment, the SL63 has received performance upgrades to make it more capable on the track.