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.
While it retains the same 525bhp, 6.3L V8 engine as the standard car, the SL63 pace car receives a new sports exhaust, primarily to make it sound good - it is after all a rolling advertisement for the production car. To make it more trackable, Mercedes have also fitted heavy-duty composite brakes, an uprated cooling system and carbon fiber panels that reduce the overall weight by 220kg. [Via Motor Authority]