Veritas RS III 1The new Veritas, Latin for truth, reminiscent of the racing car RS from the fifties. Now the Veritas RS3 Super Sports severely limited in small series goes. exclusive sports car drove the zero-series vehicle with 507 bhp ten-cylinder engine. Than six decades had passed quickly with a Fingerschnipsen. The wind swirls in the Veritas RS III as the historical equivalent of a tiny front wheel stub directly into the open cockpit, the narrowness of a Formula car is like. And the seating position in Veritas? The pilot sits as the late 40′s crouching low behind the far-ending bonnet does not end just before the rear axle. The flat silhouette evokes memories of the historical predecessors.

Veritas RS III is a retro-flounder as 60 years ago

The retro-flounder is barely one meter tall and nearly five feet long. And how about 60 years ago, BMW technology hidden under the bodywork. No later than the name suggests the relationship. The Veritas RS III shall be the successor of August 1948 to March 1950 built Veritas RS.

Lightweight is the key

 The history of the automobile manufacturer Veritas began shortly after the Second World War in 1947 in Baden village Hausen. At that time, decided three former BMW employees to build on the basis of new BMW 328-chassis racing and sports cars. The name of Veritas was doing a spontaneous product of chance, as the French occupying forces asked for a name of the new automotive brand. Lightweight construction was the key. With much enthusiasm drove the Veritas mechanic aluminum bodies by hand on wooden models. It came racing cars like the Veritas RS, the formula 2-seater sports car, Meteor, and different road.

While Veritas drivers were among 13 German championship titles, the most successful racers of the post-war history, it saw off the race track bleak for the company. The road vehicles it lacked reliability. After financial difficulties and various moves of the work, most recently at the Nurburgring, Veritas was acquired in 1953 by BMW. About 40 kilometers away from the old facility, the faded blooms sports car brand since 1999 to return to the county Gelsdorf. In a nondescript building complex sits Vermot AG, which has secured the naming rights. Veritas RS III 2Small production model from 2010 to 410 550 €

 After the presentation of a first study in 2001 rolled after almost ten years of development, the first mobile prototype of the Veritas RS III from the hall. “It was a hand-modeled vehicles with the V8 engine from the old M5,” recalls chief designer Michael Sohngen, while he put his hand on the flanks of the black Veritas RS III can glide zero-production vehicle. This is similar to most of the subsequent low-volume model (maximum of 30 units), to be built in April 2010 in eight weeks by hand. Five cars have been sold at a price of € 410 550 in advance. Eight more are reserved.

A touch of Formula 1 is blowing through the Veritas factory in the Eifel. The complete carbon fiber body, the company produces Formtech dress, the last year, the home of the bankrupt Formula 1 team Super Aguri has been bought. Under the carbon skin conceals a sophisticated space frame construction. The heart of the retro-athlete is already in the historical model as a BMW engine. The V10 engine with 90 degree cylinder angle and the seven-speed SMG are from the current M5 Series E60 with 507 hp and five-liter displacement (Click here for the ride report with four generations of BMW M5). A six-speed sequential gearbox is still being tested, but should be at the start of production also available.

Before there is time for another vote drive the ten-cylinder super sports car with the chassis number 0002, on the exclusive sports car takes the wheel. Wait, so fast it’s not even then. After the tiny door, or rather is open most of the tiny cockpit, including windshield trim, UFO-shaped mirrors and four analog round gauges in the 45-degree angle, start from the formula racing technology is in demand. Only on the high sides of the car climb, then with both arms braced on the carbon fiber monocoque, to plop themselves finally with legs stretched out in the coated with brown quilted leather Recaro bucket seats. Those who ignore the order, collides with the low-lying sport steering wheel with shift paddles.

Top speed of 347 km / h

But the four-point belts are tied once, the ten-cylinder toxic by the stainless steel exhaust system including special manifolds and M5-Kats put on alert barking, the pilot must wear when you look over the massive power dome warm. 507 excited horses to take only 1067 kg live weight. The 325er-rollers on the rear axle with traction control turned off looking at white smoky scent of Dunlop grip on the wet Eifel country roads around the Nürburgring before the shot fired Hecktriebler schwänzelnd as a catapult to the front. From the state of the 100 km / h mark, according to Veritas will be under 3.2 seconds in history. Without significant front window of the wind swells in the cockpit with increasing speed from gentle breeze to the raging storm. A violent hurricane should be in there too – Veritas top speed estimated at 347 km / h.

Bridge to the past

Not only the fight versus wind visor and neck muscles promises Formula feelings on the street. “For the suspension kinematics was John Gruber, Technical Manager of mosquito in the DTM, responsible,” explains designer Sohngen. Besides the direct servo steering rack boasts the tested on the Nordschleife aluminum chassis with double wishbones and pushrods actuated by spring-damper unit with Ohlins racing character. Fine details, such as stamped in the aluminum wheel carriers Veritas spray logos, small-scale charm. “We want the new Veritas build a bridge to the past,” said chief researcher Söhngen conclusion. A more appropriate place for the final assembly could not be found. His final touches to the RS III will ring in the new Boulevard at the Nurburgring.Veritas RS III 3

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