Veritas RS III concept harks back 50 years. With BMW power, it’s an out-and-out racing car for the road
It’s been eight years in the making but the Veritas RS III has finally reached series production in Grafschaft-Gelsdorf, Germany. The Veritas badge has been resurrected by Vermot AG and what was once a post-war German racing marque that sold only a few road-going versions of their racers now is doing less racing and more street screaming. The RS III is Veriats’ first foray into the world of production cars.
The production-ready Veritas RS III. With its newly revised front end and resembles a tripped out BMW Z8. Which has some relevance because this retro-inspired rocket is powered by the same 5.0-litre V10 engine found in the BMW M5 supersedan. With 500 hp propelling a scant 1,088kg, the 30 lucky folks who can stump up a million American dollars for one of these can look forward to a 0-100km/h dash of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of more than 346 kph.
That’s Ferrari Enzo-like performance for a Ferrari Enzo-like price, but it’s even more exclusive and Veritas did start operating the same year as Enzo Ferrari in 1947. The difference is that Veritas lay dormant for 50 years but now this is one snake that’s ready to strike.
Niche automaker Veritas has unveiled the final production version of its open-top RSIII roadster at the Salon Prive in London, but according to the latest reports even bigger plans are afoot.
The retro-styled RSIII roadster is powered by an upgraded V10 pinched from the BMW M5/M6, and is being made in either 500 or 620-horsepower specifications. Only 30 examples are to be produced, but a further 30 coupes are being planned with markets like the Middle East in mind, where air conditioning is a necessity.
Now reports are stating that Veritas is working on a sport-utility vehicle as well. Little is known at this stage on the SUV, but apparently Veritas wants to drop a small aircraft engine into a fully carbon fiber body for a package that promises to be total madness. Wait and see.
The Veritas RS III is both an open-cockpit supercar and a modern-day revival of a 40’s-era BMW racing car. It’s been created by a crew of enthusiasts dedicated to making the most raw, back-to-basics driving machine possible. With a choice of two BMW M-sourced powertrains — 480hp V8 or 600hp V10 — the Veritas can reach 100kph from a standstill in the three-second range en route to a top speed over 320 kph with either engine and no electronic aids. With a list price starting around $375,000 USD, only 50 cars will be produced, and the first one is ready to roll. The Veritas RS is set to be unveiled in London this July.
Alongside several UK debuts, the Veritas RS III will be headlining this year’s London Salon Prive, a high-end supercar show at the Hurlingham country club. Other exclusive metal on the billing include the Morgan Aero Super Sport (read news item) and Aston Martin One-77( read news item), two British supercars making their UK debuts. Aston will also bring out its V12 Vantage and DBS Volante for the home crowd, while the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S and Maybach Zeppelin will be on hand for the first time in the UK as well. The show commences from July 22-24, with tickets starting at a ridiculous £125 for a one-day entrance pass.
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