| The Veritas RS III Roadster super sports car, which has been presented
to the public as a prototype over the past year and which immediately
won the public award of “Best Super Car 2009” at London’s
Salon Privé, is now going into series production. However, the words
“series production” are not entirely true. Firstly, the series
comprises a strictly limited batch of only 30 vehicles and secondly,
every single vehicle will undergo sophisticated hand production by
manufacturer Vermot AG in Gelsdorf.Even before the actual start of
production, five of the 30 luxury cars have already been sold – to
Monaco, Australia, Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland. Eight more are
reserved and over 100 enquiries have been received. In Gelsdorf, it is
therefore expected that the entire edition will have sold out even
before the end of the year.
The manufacturer’s 15 staff install the chassis, bodywork and interior
at three workstations. The production of one of the classic 1+1-seaters
– with a covered passenger seat that can be opened if required – takes
eight weeks, although three cars are built in parallel at one time.
Production runs according to the strictest “Made in Germany”
quality standards. Furthermore, the vehicles are fully homologated to EU
standard. Delivery to the customers will start in January 2010.
“Even at first sight, the Veritas RS III convinces customers with a
design that combines futuristic and classical elements and thereby
produces an unmistakable overall impression,” says Vermot AG chief
designer Michael Söhngen. “In the end, what counts for the design
of a good sports car are the proportions and we have placed great
emphasis on these,” Söhngen continues. The typical shark’s mouth
and aggressive looking Xenon twin headlights, tapered inward-contoured
side sills, and the flat tail with the two central stainless steel
tailpipes pointing upward contrast with the asymmetric roll bar
integrated into the bodywork on the driver’s side. A rear-view mirror
extending into the centre of the vehicle, riveted or chrome-plated
bodywork elements, and the distinctive jagged taillights emphasise the
exceptional design concept.
The Dunlop tyres – 325/25 at the rear and 255/30 at the front – and the
12.5 and 10.5 inch wide, 22-inch, five-point star, drop centre rims – as
well as the extremely low vehicle height of only 97 cm – ensure a firm
hold on the road. All this comes with a height-adjustable special sports
chassis tested on the north loop of the Nürburgring, as lovers of this
untamed bolide generally appreciate that “true race feeling”.
Slightly more cautious drivers can, however, engage ABS and TCS.
The technical specifications are a testament to the high demands. The
new Veritas, of which the legendary predecessors celebrated numerous
racing successes in the 50s and were the first German team to take part
in Formula I, now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.2 seconds –
this alone will make the hearts of automobile enthusiasts beat faster.
The 4.68 metre long and 2.02 metre wide monster, which has already made
a splash in Monte Carlo, in Spa, and on the “ring” is powered
by a 5.0 litre V10 BMW engine with 7-speed SMG transmission or –
optionally – with manual 6- speed transmission. With an engine speed of
7,500 rpm and a power-weight ratio of 2.9 kg/kW, the RS III achieves a
top performance of 373 kW (507 hp) and thus a top speed of 347 km/h.
The complete bodywork comprises an ultra-light carbon racing skin and is
produced in a Formula I forge. In addition to the 4-point H-type
seatbelts, a tube frame developed by the Vermot AG engineers guarantees
occupants the highest level of passive safety on their modified Recaro
full bucket seats. A new braking system from Brabham Racing provides for
deceleration: six 380 mm pistons at the front and four 355 mm pistons at
the back forcefully slow the entire weight before the ceramic disk
brakes abruptly bring the wheels to a standstill – until the next kick
Extensive test drives were conducted a few days ago at the legendary
Brands Hatch racetrack in Great Britain. “It is now about
constantly improving the car and finding the optimum fine tuning. Brands
Hatch was a complete success and we are very happy with the
result,” says Vermot AG CEO Michael Trick. Initial customer test
drives have also been conducted in the context of the track days – an
illustrious rendezvous of customers and potential buyers, who have met
on the racetrack in England and showed themselves to be thoroughly
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Veritas Spec Sheet