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Mercedes has provided AMG-badged safety cars for every F1 race for the past 25 years, sending everything from a C36 sedan to the SLS sports car out in front of the pack when the yellow flags were waving.

But this year, the AMG GT R that has acted as safety car since 2018 is joined by an Aston Martin Vantage. The green Aston coupe is equipped with a lightly tuned version of the 4.0-liter AMG V8 to help it stay ahead of the F1 pack, and fitted with a giant rear wing and an even bigger roof-mounted light bar.

It’s a far cry from the wild-west days before Mercedes secured the safety car deal in 1996, when race organizers often seemed to use whatever was lying around in the parking lot.

Related: This Aston Martin Vantage Is Formula 1’s New Safety Car

1973 Porsche 914

F1’s first safety car appeared in 1973 at a rain-soaked Canadian Grand Prix when Eppie Wietzes caused chaos by placing his Porsche 914 ahead of the wrong driver, allowing multiple other cars to gain time.

1981 Lamborghini Countach

A decade on from the 914 came the coolest safety car of all time. A Lamborghini Countach did the honors at the Monaco Grand Prix three years running during the early 1980s. But the good times weren’t to last: the Lambo was followed by a couple of real stinkers.

1993 Fiat Tempra

First came a Fiat Tempra, Fiat’s answer to the Volkswagen Jetta, during the 1993 season, followed by an Opel Vectra, which has sometimes been cited as a potential factor in the death of Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

1994 Opel Vectra

After an earlier crash on race day the Opel was called out onto the track where it drove extremely slowly for five laps because its brakes were cooked, allowing the tires of the racecars behind to cool significantly, something that may or may not have to do with Senna’s fatal accident.

1995 Porsche 911 GT2

Lesson seemingly learned, the safety car recovered its mojo in 1995 when the job was given to a Porsche 911 GT2. With its 424hp 3.6-liter flat six and fat rubber under riveted on arch extensions, the GT2 looks almost as home on the circuit as the open-wheelers.

1996 Renault Clio Williams

But then things went from the sublime to the ridiculous when a Renault Clio was called up for service at the at the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix. It was at least a Clio Williams, the finest hot hatch of the 1990s (if you exclude the Escort Cosworth that served as safety car at the British GP in ’93). But with a top speed of 134mph it was still light years from F1 pace – and around 60mph down on the incoming Aston Martin.

1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

Mercedes kicked off its 25-year safety car career with the C36. This AMG-built rival to the BMW M3 served up 276hp courtesy of a 3.6-liter straight six, but the automatic transmission wasn’t idea for hot lapping in front of a load of F1 cars.

2001 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

The idea of a Mercedes SL keeping a pack of F1 cars at bay would have seemed laughable in the 1970s or 1980s. But by 2001, armed with air suspension and Merc’s mighty 5.5-liter supercharged V8, it wasn’t quite so crazy. The SL served as safety car for two years before giving way to the CLK coupe.

2010 Mercedes SLS AMG

Gullwing doors came to Grand Prix racing in 2010 when the Mercedes SL 63 AMG safety car was switched for the new SLS. The aluminium SLS was far better suited to the task because its rear-mounted gearbox dramatically improve the weight distribution.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R

The GT S version of Merc’s 911 rival was F1’s official safety car from 2015 to 2017, but was replaced by the more track-focused GT R for 2018. The GT R’s suspension was better suited to track work and the 4.0-liter V8’s output was bumped from 515hp to 577hp.


Škoda之後Volkswagen台灣福斯也宣布,目前已經搭載於2021年式T-Cross、Touran、Arteon的最新第三代MIB模組化資訊娛樂系統,即日起將全面開通支援無線Apple CarPlay功能,而且不只適用於新車,凡車上配有第三代MIB模組化資訊娛樂系統的車主們一樣可預約回廠免費升級。

最新的第三代MIB模組化資訊娛樂系統,即日起將全面開通支援無線Apple CarPlay功能。

內建於Discover Pro 9.2 吋多媒體鏡面觸控主機的第三代MIB模組化資訊娛樂系統,附有Home Screen 2.0 顯示功能,區分資訊和功能兩大區塊,其中資訊區塊以四宮格顯示,可依照個人需求顯示車輛資訊於主機介面中;功能區塊則可設定喜愛功能的快捷鍵,如藍牙、車身動態或車室氛圍燈等,同時支援Android Auto,即日起指定車款更開通支援無線Apple CarPlay功能,不需用線連接手機與主幾,即可透過無線連接方式開啟Apple CarPlay,享受更快速便捷的數位體驗。

內建於Discover Pro 9.2 吋多媒體鏡面觸控主機的第三代MIB模組化資訊娛樂系統,附有Home Screen 2.0 顯示功能,區分資訊和功能兩大區塊。

此外,台灣福斯還針對2021年式Polo車系調整產品編成、再度推出230 TSI IQ.Drive智能特仕版,升級部分除了全車系標配的ACC主動式固定車距巡航系統與Front Assist車前碰撞預警系統 (含AEB自動輔助緊急煞車功能),另新增車側盲點警示系統、RTA後方橫向車流警示系統 (含煞車輔助系統)、Rear Assist顯影式停車導引系統,建議售價則跟過去一樣訂在83.8萬元。

2021年式Polo建議售價: 

車型建議售價230 TSI Comfort768,000元230 TSI Life818,000元230 TSI  IQ.DRIVE智能特仕版838,000元230 TSI Style898,000元230 TSI Style R-Line948,000元

而搭載第三代MIB模組化資訊娛樂系統的2021 年式Touran,除了開通支援無線Apple CarPlay,280 TSI Life以上車型亦將Digital Cockpit Pro 10.25 吋全邏輯數位化儀表列為標配,等級最高的280 TSI Style R-Line更配備Dynaudio環繞音響系統,提供數位16聲道擴大機與330瓦輸出功率),不過兩款車型售價分別調漲到124.8萬元 (280 TSI Life)、142.8萬元 (280 TSI Style R-Line),入門車型280 TSI Comfort仍維持在109.8萬元。

2021年式Touran建議售價:

車型建議售價280 TSI Comfort1,098,000元280 TSI Life1,248,000元280 TSI Style R-Line1,428,000元

圖片來源:台灣福斯

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▲RAV4 5D Adventure目前沒有量產計畫,只是默默地靜待「有緣人」洽談,包含海外市場!畢竟RAV4銷售量夠大,在全球各地保修都相對容易,當救援車輛非常適合。尾梯概念好像也可以用在露營車改裝…

近期Toyota於日本富山縣高岡市展出一輛原廠改裝的《RAV4 5D Adventure》,以山地救援為出發點,宣傳山區積雪地形搜救與急難救助的車輛設計概念。此車原本計畫在今年的1月於東京改裝車展亮相,可惜因疫情影響,延宕至3月中旬才展出。

2021年1月日本富山縣出現創紀錄的大雪,導致許多車輛被困在雪地當中,交通嚴重打結、偏遠地區運輸中斷,之後日本的SUV與4WD車型銷售量大增!有鑑於此,Toyota特別在富山縣高岡市舉辦SUV特展,展出車型有Yaris Cross、Rise、CH-R、Harrier、RAV4 5D Adventure。

▲RAV4 5D Adventure原本要在改裝車展亮相,可惜因疫情延宕,但適逢日本大雪多處封山、封路,可能會替RAV4 5D Adventure帶來商機也說不定。

▲日本的Toyota SUV特展現場,RAV4 5D Adventure帶來一系列模擬情境,讓參觀者更容易瞭解此車的山區救援設計。

多數人可能對《Harrier》感到陌生,這是一輛比RAV4更大的車款,論空間與售價則是比RAV4更划算,更適合載運物資或全家出遊,並擁有更出色的造型與質感,相信許多讀者都不知道,Harrier在日本的銷售量比RAV4更好!可惜Harrier並沒有導入台灣的打算,其實「內行人」早就在觀望…

但是Harrier乃是以空間及造型取勝,論及越野性能,RAV4還是比較強悍,因此原廠乾脆改裝了一輛「RAV4 5D Adventure」宣言山區雪地救援的重要性,其中有許多重要的救援概念必須好好解說一番。

如果有一輛車在大雪紛飛的模糊視野當中不幸失控翻落山谷,RAV4 5D Adventure必須立刻進入山區執行困難的乘客救援,一如「汪汪隊」中的狗狗和工程車輛那般機動與服從…好的,請原諒我的幼稚!

首先,RAV4 5D Adventure必須擁有充裕的動力、水準以上的越野能力、適合於雪地奔馳的輪胎,這簡單,基本的越野改裝就可以勝任,畢竟不是重度越野任務,機動性還是比較重要!

再者,到達事故地點,救難人員不可貿然下山谷去救援,因為救難人員根本不知道繩索夠不夠長,需不需要接繩,要接多長的繩索才能到達車輛翻覆地點,要不要帶破壞工具下山谷,需要何種急救裝備,總之就是充滿未知數。

為何引擎蓋上要牽2條鋼索?這是用來撥除道路二側積雪下垂的樹枝,避免擋風玻璃積雪影響行車視線,此乃越野必備配備。

▲RAV4 5D Adventure所有的救難設計並非空穴來風,而且細節相當考究,Toyota是玩真的!

為了瞭解事故車輛與乘客的狀況,因此RAV4 5D Adventure車頂標配抗風無人機,藉由無人機上的錄影鏡頭與麥克風,不但可以貼近事故地點,甚至還能與受難者通連,清楚掌握救援細節與困難度。無人機不需要從後行李廂拋出車外,可以從車頂直接起飛,並且能從駕駛座或副手座操控,影像可於中控台螢幕清晰呈現。如果救援過程適逢大雪,無人機必須遮蓋,起飛前也要除去保護罩,因此車尾有梯子便於登頂執行飛行前任務…聽起來好像戰鬥機升空那般令人興奮!

再來就是要出動至少2位的救難人員垂降山故至事故地點救援,因此RAV4 5D Adventure車身具有多處大型把手與固定點,可以使用專業掛勾或是直接綑綁繩索,為了讓救難人員在雪地或夜間便於判斷固定點位置,所以加上鮮豔的橘色作為標記容易辨識。此外在重要的踏足點,也都有黃色標記。

雪地救援難免會遇到積雪問題,所以RAV4 5D Adventure車身外就配備了許多便利工具,如雪鏟、雪地錨樁、可移動的360度LED照明燈、廣播器、遙控器、對講機,LED燈具和廣播器可以卸下並裝載於無人機上!具備全方位的救援概念!

為何要稱為「5D」?因為一般SUV可以行駛在3D空間包含越野性能,加上山谷救難人員吊掛能力就稱為4D,再加上無人機就構成了「5D」!當然這是原廠自己想的啦,和高階物理的四維空間概念沒有關係!

至於將事故車輛吊起來…這就不是RAV4所能執行的艱鉅任務,相信再多的改裝也沒有用,直接聯絡汪汪隊吧,不過還是要想個備案,因為多數人都不會說狗語!還好台灣還有啟德重機,就是「南方澳大橋垮下來」的神救援,整座大橋都能吊起來,一般車輛當然沒問題囉。回歸正題,Toyota並沒有打算量產RAV4 5D Adventure,目前正在尋找買家,如政府或民間相關救援單位,台灣消防局有興趣嗎?因為不只是雪地,一般山區也適用RAV4 5D Adventure。

▲RAV4 5D Adventure亦適合一般山區使用,不侷限於日本或是雪地。

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