• Jul 8th 2008 at 12:31PM
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Click above for a gallery of the Veritas RSIII.

Vermot AG, the company behind the production version of the Veritas RS III, has finally released the official details on its revival of the iconic German racer from the '40s. The Veritas RS III will tip the scales at just under 2,400 pounds and is made up of a tubular frame and a carbon/Kevlar body. Although Vermot designed the RS III as a race car for the modern age, it doesn't use any of the electronic aids found on other track-day rides – ABS and stability control aren't available.

What is available is a choice of two drivetrains: a BMW-sourced, 600 hp 5.0-liter V10 mated to a sequential transmission or a 480 hp, 5.0-liter V8 equipped with a manual gearbox. Vermot estimates that the V10 will run to 62 in 3.2 seconds, while the V8 can do the deed in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is predicted at 215 mph and 204 mph, respectively.

Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but with an independent suspension, Ohlins shocks, TRW Racing 6-pot brakes, Brabham wheels sized 20x10.5 in front and 20x12.5 in the rear, don't expect it to come cheap.

And remember those pics of the Veritas RS II concept running the 'Ring? You can see the fruits of their cinematic labor after the jump, along with the official press release.

[Source: Vermot via WCF]


1948: A Legend is Born

On the basis of the BMW 328, Ernst Loof, Schorsch Meyer and Lorenz Dietrich build the first 'BMW Veritas' and begin an incomparable series of racetrack victories in 1949:

A Veritas wins its first race in front of 300,000 fascinated spectators in the first race after the Second World War. All in all, the successful racing car wins 13 German Championships and takes 29 first places within just a few years.

From 1951, the 'Veritas-Nürburgring' is made in the pits of the Nürburgring racetrack.

In the same year, the unparalleled development of the racing team iscrowned by the participation of a Veritas Meteor in the Swiss Formula 1 Grand Prix: Which makes the Veritas the first German Formula 1 racing car ever. Even today, the fascination exercised by this legendary racing car is as powerful as ever.

With the RS III, Veritas is launching the next generation – the continuation of a success story that simultaneously heralds the beginning of a new era.

The Veritas RS III, the modern version of the first German Formula 1 racing car, leaves you in no doubt about its heritage thanks to its impressive design, perfect engineering and incomparable responses.

After all, the 600 PS of the V10* engine need to be mastered – without the invisible help of today's otherwise omnipresent electronic aids, such as anti-skid brakes, traction control and power brakes.

The Veritas RS III recreates the pure feeling and fascination of an authentic racing car: true race feeling.

Technical Specifications

Engine: BMW 5,0l, V8, manual transmission (V10, automatic transmission)

Displacement 4999 cm³

Power: 480 PS (600 PS)

V-max: 329 km/h (347 km/h)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 3,6 s (3,2 s)

L x B x H: 4990 x 1974 x 974 mm

Weight: 1080 kg (1170 kg)

Wheelbase: 2840 mm

Chassis: Tubular framework

Body: Carbon-Kevlar

Differential: BMW with the option of various ratios and locks

Suspension: Independent with Öhlins shock-absorber components

Tyres / wheels: Brabham RS, 10,5 x 20 285/30-20, 12,5 x 20 335/25-20

Brakes: TRW Racing, front: 6-piston, 380mm, rear: 4-piston, 355mm

Exhaust: Stainless steel manifolds, metal sport catalysers, stainless exhaust system with flap control

Interior appointments: Nappa leather bucket seats, harness belt

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn! Somebody's gonna get killed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      but can it lap the 'Ring in under 8mins?????
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, I'm a little confused. The write-up says a "production" version but then a few comments later a quote says it is for the "track." So, is this a street legal car that can be brought to the track?

      If track specific, I would put my money into a Porsche 917. The technology is over 40 years old and still puts up better numbers then what the car featured in this article can do (including top speed and 0 to 60.)

      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      This reminds me of speedracer's car
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh my god. What the…is this? Am I dreaming? Or the war is coming? If you’re not careful you may getting off.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who put a pokemon face on this car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Proportions are nice, but it looks like a deep sea creature.It will probably be great dynamically, but does the world need another toy for the super rich? Meh. Give me more Mini Coopers and Fiat Abarths...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it looked amazing in the momentary side shot. This would benefit from a small green house - just something to break up the proportions and give it some inclement weather and passenger usability.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't expect it to come cheap. The fact that it will be expensive will be the guarantee of his quality.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Could have been styled a lot better. They need to change the front headlights to be more like the rear lights.
      • 7 Years Ago
      An interesting car, but totally stupid. Do tiny wipers come with the helmet you'll have to wear? Where's a decent sized windshield? Even a Porsche Speedster has enough of a windshield to offer at least SOME protection from being bug-splattered(!).
        • 7 Years Ago
        come on aren't we being picky? they did invent tear offs for a reason lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let me be the first one to say, I feel that roll bar is grossly inadequate.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's one of my favorite parts! This car is cool the same way the Koenigsegg is cool: it is flirting with death and the boundries of physics.

        Personally, I want one of these more than almost any other Supercar now. "Morning, honey. You take the kids to school in the minivan and I'll take the Grim Reaper to work in the Veritas."
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