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Veritas RS III World Debut at Salon Privé

Wed, 13 May 2009

The Veritas RS III will debut at Salon Privé in July


Vermot AG are responsible for the Veritas RS III, a modern day recreation of a 1940s German racer. And it does look pretty stunning. It weighs in at less than 2400lbs but features a either V10 BMW (as in the M5) or a V8 (as in the M3), offering either 600bhp or 480bhp. Expect fireworks!

But you won’t just get fireworks – you may get a few grey hairs as well. The Veritas RS III eschews modern driver aids – no ABS, and no traction control. Hope you remember how to drive a real car if you ever get in a Veritas.

For those not of German extraction, the chances are you will never of heard of Veritas. Hugely successful in the ’40s and ’50s, they won 13 Championship titles in Germany, and it was a Veritas that became the first German F1 car. They went in to road cars as well – with BMW oily bits – but ceased trading in 1953.

Vermot Ag have been preparing this comeback car for some time, but now the world premier of the production car is going to happen at Salon Privé in July.

The Veritas RS III comes as a single seater, but with a cover over the passenger side. The cover can be removed to take a passenger along, but you ought to make sure they have a sound constitution first. But the interior is a treat, with wood plank flooring and hand-crafted alloy dials and detail.

Performance is, as you would expect, more than adequate. Expect a 0-60mph time of around 3.0 seconds and a top speed of over 200mph. But it’s not cheap. Think £250,000+. But it seems almost a bargain compared to the only similar car on the market at the moment – The Mercedes McLaren SLR Stirling Moss at three times the price.

By Cars UK