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2014-09-06 11:24

MERCEDES F1 CAR - YOU ARE CLEARED FOR LAUNCH: A major airport in Scotland cleared its auxiliary runway for charity - and to allow high-performance cars to show off. Image: Newspress


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EDINBURGH, Scotland - A Mecedes AMG Petronas F1W03 Formula 1 car made its debut at the annual Race the Runway event in Scotland in spectacular style with a terminal speed of 316km/h on the auxiliary runway at Edinburgh Airport.

Driven by former F1 and Le Mans racer Anthony Davidson, the F1W03 chassis lined up on the start line as passenger aircraft taxied just metres away. He accelerated from 0-100km in 2.9sec, reached 200km/h in 5.7sec and 300km in 14.sec before maxing at 310 in 20sec.

'Race the Runway' is run by and benefits the Prince and Princes of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, western Scotland. The event invites owners of high-performance cars – not just F1 machines – to participate in a series of drag races in return for a donation to the hospice.


For the second year, Mercedes-Benz sponsored the event with examples of the  45 AMG,  63 AMG Black Series, the E63 AMG S Estate, the GLA 45 AMG, the new  63 AMG Coupé and SLS AMG Black Series all taking part along with private cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Nissan and Tesla.

In total, 32 cars competed – a record for the event - and of the Mercedes-Benz road cars, the 470kW SLS AMG Black Series achieved the highest speed: 259km/h.

The F1 chassis used for the event was from the 2012 season and raced in the German, Hungarian, Belgian, Italian and Singapore rounds of the F1 championship

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