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 |  Mar 22 2011, 4:14 PM

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Mercedes-Benz is planning to debut their updated 2012 C63 AMG Estate F1 Medical Car at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The refreshed C63 AMG Estate will be sporting the new C-Class facelift along with its AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed transmission. Additional aesthetic changes include an aluminum hood with modified powerdomes, radiator grille, headlights, redesigned front and rear apron featuring larger intake and side air vents.

The wagon is equipped with a 6.3L V8 powerplant that AMG has taken to 487-hp, giving it a 0-62 time of 4.5 seconds. AMG’s Performance Package for the C63 includes an intake manifold painted in titanium gray and AMG’s infamous braking system. This particular wagon will be sporting 19-inch AMG wheels on all four corners. To give it the true race-inspired theme as an F1 medical car, the interior has been revamped with four bucket seats with six-point harnesses and screens in the center console to monitor the race.

The SLS AMG F1 Safety Car has seen no changes, but we figured it’d be worth drooling over again.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes C63 AMG Estate F1 Medical Car and SLS AMG F1 Safety Car

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 |  Jan 17 2011, 8:25 AM

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In a bid to capitalize on the publicity surrounding this year’s Australia Grand Prix Formula 1 event, Lexus will hold the world’s first hybrid only race.

The field will be made up exclusively of CT200h models, just as Lexus introduces the car to the Aussie market. Aiming to change the perception that hybrids are only for the ultra-granolas, Lexus Australia exec Peter Evans hopes to send a message that the company’s latest hybrid can also deliver fun behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, while companies like Porsche are pushing forward with real hybrid race technology in cars like the 918 RSR, this Lexus race is really just a publicity stunt and the field of drivers will be made up of celebrities. There will, however, be some sports open to regular folks, with every customer who purchases a CT200h entered into a draw to compete

[Source: Carsguide.com.au]

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