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Gallery: F1 reveals most powerful Mercedes Safety Car ever

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Mercedes AMG has supplied Formula 1 with a new specially-equipped GTR Safety Car for the 2018 campaign, the most powerful yet for F1.

The biturbo 4.0-liter V8 machine enjoys an output of 577 horsepower which will be harnessed once again by the capable Bernd Maylander.

"It is an absolute highlight in terms of driving dynamics and is one level higher up still than the AMG GT S of recent years," Maylander said of his new company car.

"Of course, ideally the safety car should be deployed as rarely as possible – but when we have to safely bunch up the Formula 1 field and lead it around the track, we will be superbly equipped with the AMG GT R."

An equally fierce looking Mercedes C63S Estate will serve as Formula 1's Medical Car, but one only hopes it will never leave the trackside.

Browse through the gallery to check out the new AMG GTR