March 20th, 2011

Safety first: The world’s best safety cars

BMW have just unveiled the incredibly awesome 1 M MotoGP safety car, so we thought we would doff our hat to some of the most awesome safety cars around the world.

The safety car is the Border Collie of the world of motorsport. There to round up the herd of cars and bring them under control when things get messy on track, the safety car is ‘Da Boss’ of the circuit.

Other than having ultimate legitimacy on the track, they also look bloody cool. What is better than a normal SLS? Yep! A SLS with a big flashy light bar on top of it. Well here are some of the coolest cars to don big flashy light bars.

BMW 1 M MotoGP safety car

This isn’t just a normal 1 M, this is a BMW 1 M shrouded in the classic red, white and blue ///M livery which is more of a baby M3 GTS.

With carbon fibre nostrils on the hood, polycarbonate side and rear windows, that terrific adjustable rear spoiler and an all new titanium exhaust setup, this looks like one serious bit of kit.

AMG F1 safety cars

The first use of the Safety Car in Formula One was at the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix. But the company that has always, literally, been at the front of the pack is Mercedes-Benz – AMG. Nine AMG models have been used as the Safety Car in Formula One ranging from the SLK55 AMG, CLK63 AMG, SL63 AMG and now the SLS AMG.

Bernd Mayländer, the current safety car driver as of 2000 has quite a job as he needs to make sure that the cars behind him don’t overheat but also maintain a healthy tyre and engine temperature. This normally means that he has to go quite fast and sometimes he likes to go a bit sideways too.

Audi safety cars

When manufactures take up the responsibility of beign in charge of safety at a race event they normally take a fleet of cars for the various tasks. Audi are in charge of overseeing all of the DTM events and typically take along  24 vehicles to make sure everything runs smoothly. These include the Audi RS6, Q5′s, Q7′s, TTRS and the R8.

Nissan GT-R safety car

Members of the videogame generation will remember the Nissan R34 pace car when trying to get licences. You were drawn to the cool decals and the bright flashy lights (obviously) but you could never get a really good glimpse at it because it would always accelerate to keep a good distance from you. Fortunately the V8 Supercar Series have taken the Skyline pace car out of videogames and into reality.

Ford Mustang Daytona 500 Pace Car

The Daytona 500 Pace Car is a big deal. Since 1959 there has been a fight between Detroit’s finest to get their car at the front of the pack. This year Ford set the pace for the first time in forty years with this, the first 5.0L 2011 Mustang off the line. It was auctioned at the world famous Barrett-Jackson earlier this year and raised $330,000 for charity.

Words: Rowan Horncastle