Ford, Holden and Nissan introduced their V8 Supercar challengers a while back. Erebus Motorport, whose racing program got the green light not even 120 days ago, has finally shown off the Mercedes-Benz E-Class racer that will complete this year's field of entries. The first AMG race car ever to be built outside of Germany, it's an Australian-built tube-frame chassis specced to the series' Car of Tomorrow rules, fitted with body panels that channel the E63 AMG.

Supported by AMG Customer Motorsport, the 5.0-liter engine is provided by HWA in Germany, the racing arm of AMG. Regulations dictate that it have roughly 650 horsepower, a redline between 7,000 and 7,500 rpm and a torque curve that matches the parity baseline set for all cars.

Lee Holdsworth, Tim Slade and Maro Engel will drive the three team cars, each with different sponsors. Their first showing will be at the Clipsal 500 on March 3 in Adelaide, here in the US we'll get to see them in May at the Circuit of the Americas. Check out the videos below of the Erebus car starting up at its launch, and footage of all of this year's cars doing pre-season testing on track together.






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      Scott Johnston
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what NASCAR should be doing... What a great formula!
      Farmboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never had the pleasure of watching V8 Supercars. But this year, I'm going to make the minimal effort to watch it. I've heard it's a load of fun, and this simply looks fantastic.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the Mt. Panorama circuit. Good to hear they are picking up a couple more brands.
      Daniel D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I miss genuine production car racing in Australia. V8 supercars is a pale shadow of what we once had. Its just Australian Nascar racing.
        audisp0rta4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel D
        While that may be true, at least it's not American NASCAR racing...
      misterbertram
      • 2 Years Ago
      the benz doesn't even sound like a v8, too whiney. the other cars sound great.
        Lingus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @misterbertram
        The Mercedes-Benz runs a sleeved 5.0 litre version of AMG's M159 6.2 litre V8 engine ... it's more of a pure racing engine at heart becaue it features a flat-plane crankshaft, whereby the first and last pistons on each bank are aligned together. This achieves balance without the use of counter-weights that feature in a conventional cross-plane V8 crankshaft. The flat-plane V8 is less refined in smoothness, but this doesn't matter in racing ... it generally has a lower centre of gravity and tends to be more 'revvy' at the top end. From an aural perspective, the flat-plane V8 is a 'screamer', whereas the cross-plane V8 is a 'rumbler'. I'm looking forward to seeing the AMG cars develop during the year.
          cody.globig
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lingus
          The AMG engine isn't running a flat-plane crank. Unless I see a photo of its crank, I will hold to the fact that it still runs a cross-plane crank based on the engine note during onboard shots. The pressure pulses are staggered like a cross-plane V8. Only place the sound is any different is outside the car, and it simply sounds like they're running a crossover exhaust system to even out the pressure pulses to aid flow tuning, and making the engine sound a bit more like a 180degree engine. Also, at least one of the Erebus cars sounded like a conventional V8 during the races at Clipsal, while the other one or two Mercs sounded like a "screamer". Makes me wonder if Erebus is experimenting with different exhaust configurations still because they've had so little testing...
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow those look good... I like the new E-class face; the rear is not all that great...
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        The whining sound similar to a supercharger? That's the straight cut gears in the gearbox. Because racecar. :)
        Nowuries
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        BTW, does anyone know what that 'jet engine' sound is attributable to in the race practice footage? Is that the flywheel/transmission? I haven't heard that sound as loud before...
      • 2 Years Ago
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        onewayroll
        • 2 Years Ago
        What? Your an idiot.
        onewayroll
        • 2 Years Ago
        What? Your an idiot.
        JL
        • 2 Years Ago
        Europe. What's Europe got to go with it? The footage is from AUSTRALIA (somewhere to the bottom of Asia) not AUSTRIA (somewhere in the middle of Europe). Idiot
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aussie Version of Nascar is better
      greg.kim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its gonna be an interesting race to watch with Mercedes competing. www.autobazaar.co.ke www.autotalk.co.ke
      rsxvue
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder which would win: A NASCAR SS or a V8 Supercars Commodore.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rsxvue
        The V8 supercar. It's designed to drive around circuits... not ovals.
      LJSearles
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's "Car of The Future" not "Car of Tomorrow"
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that this car is running makes the fact that Nissan chose the Altima over the Infiniti M (Q70) even stranger...
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