- Jul 8, 2008
VIDEO: 600 hp Veritas RS III officially revealed
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.
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
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