MEET THE VERITAS RS III
If you were around to hear the Veritas name in the past, chances are you're a senior citizen (so out of respect, we won't make any more fun of you). The reason is that the Veritas brand appeared in the late Forties and was celebrated in 1951 when they manufactured Germany's first Formula 1 car, but has spent most of the past century in cold storage.
Veritas was founded by a bloke named Ernst Loof and a couple of his buddies. You can imagine his penchant for fast cars, for this former BMW race driver and auto engineer moved to the vicinity of Nurburgring, to spend most of his waking hours (we imagine) watching fast cars lap the track and work on developing a very fast car himself. But it was an esoteric pursuit. His creations including the Komet coupe and Saurn coupe never went into mass production. After his demise due to a brain tumour in 1956, the Veritas brand name disappeared. Regardless, they had set a standard, especially in F1, and deserve some credit for the fact that many of the best cars and drivers in F1 have come from Germany.
Fast forward to 2009 and from a small facility where only 15 employees were at work, Vermot AG who acquired the brand, brought out a stunning beauty called the Veritas RS III. It's a very intimidating car to look at from the front. If you thought that a Maserati Quattroporte was a scary-looking mean machine, you're going to need a change of trousers if you ever come across one of these on the road.
The RS III has a BMW M5 engine, which means a V10 5-litre engine that produces 500bhp. If you thought that this approximately half-a-million dollar baby would come with traction control, ABS, or even a windshield as standard, forget about it. Veritas requires you to man up and take complete control of the machine, rather than it happening the other way around. All of that has been trimmed away to reduce the weight of the car held together by a spaceframe chassis to 1050kg, which is why you could do 0-100kph in just 3.6 seconds.
The 2012 Veritas RS III Hybrid will come kitted with an additional 105kw electric motor strapped alongside the present motor, with a tweaked engine that could deliver 600bhp. An all-electric version is expected by 2013, as is the coupe version. For the moment though, we're just might pleased to ogle inappropriately at one of these on our tablets.