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Veritas RS III in an exclusive driving report: Sports car bridge into the past

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Veritas RS III in the exclusive driving report
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A ls six decades would have passed by with a snap of your finger . In the Veritas RS III, as in the historical counterpart, the airflow whirls over a tiny stub windshield directly into the open cockpit, the narrowness of which resembles a formula car. And the seating position in the Veritas? As in the late 1940s, the driver sits crouched far behind the never-ending bonnet just in front of the rear axle. The flat silhouette also brings back memories of its historic predecessor.

Veritas RS III is a retro flounder like it was 60 years ago

The retro flounder is barely a meter high and almost five meters long. And like around 60 years ago, BMW technology is hidden under the body. The name reveals the relationship at the latest. The Veritas RS III is the successor to the Veritas RS, which was built from August 1948 to March 1950.

Lightweight construction is the key

The history of the Veritas automobile manufacturer began shortly after the Second World War in 1947 in the Baden village of Hausen. At that time, three former BMW employees decided to build new racing and sports cars based on the BMW 328 chassis. The name Veritas was a spontaneous coincidence when the French occupation forces asked for a name for the new automobile brand. Lightweight construction was the key. The Veritas mechanics drove aluminum bodies by hand on wooden models with great enthusiasm. Racing cars such as the Veritas RS, the Formula 2 monoposto Meteor and various street sports cars were created.

While Veritas pilots with 13 German championship titles were among the most successful racing drivers in post-war history, things looked bleak for the company away from the race track. Road vehicles lacked reliability. After financial difficulties and various relocations of the plant, most recently to the Nürburgring, Veritas was taken over by BMW in 1953. Around 40 kilometers away from the old production facility, the faded sports car brand has been flourishing again in the county of Gelsdorf since 1999. VerMot AG, which has secured the naming rights, is located in an inconspicuous hall complex.

Small series model from 2010 for 410,550 euros

After the presentation of a first concept study in 2001, the first mobile prototype of the Veritas RS III rolled out of the hall after almost ten years of development . 'That was one by handmodeled vehicle with the V8 engine from the old M5, 'recalls chief designer Michael Söhngen, while he runs his hand over the flanks of the black Veritas RS III pilot series vehicle. This is largely similar to the later small-series model (maximum 30 units), which will take eight weeks of manual work from April 2010. Five cars have already been sold in advance for a price of 410,550 euros. Eight more are reserved.

A touch of Formula 1 blows through the Veritas factory in the Eifel The company Formtech, which last year bought the site of the insolvent Formula 1 racing team Super Aguri, produces complete carbon fiber bodywork. An elaborate tubular space frame construction is hidden under the carbon skin BMW engine, the V10 unit with a 90 degree cylinder angle and the seven-speed SMG come from the current M5 of the E60 series 507 PS and five liters of displacement (click here for Driving report with four generations of BMW M5 ). A sequential six-speed transmission is still being tested, but should also be available at the start of production.

Before that, there is still time for another set-up drive for the ten-cylinder super sports car with the chassis number 0002, on which sport auto will exclusively grip the steering wheel. Wait, it doesn't go that fast either. After the tiny door or better: a large part of the cockpit cladding including the tiny protective window, UFO-shaped exterior mirror and four analogue round instruments at a 45-degree angle, entry-level technology from formula racing is in demand. First climb over the high side of the car, then support yourself with both arms on the carbon fiber monocoque, and finally plop down with your legs straight into the Recaro bucket seat covered with brown quilted nappa leather. Anyone who disregards the order will collide with the low-lying sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.

Top speed of 347 km /h

But once the four-point seat belts are tied, the ten-cylinder is poisonously alerted by the stainless steel exhaust system with manifolds and M5 cats , the pilot has to dress warmly when looking over the massive power dome. 507 excited horses meet a live weight of just 1,067 kilograms. With the traction control deactivated, the 325 mm rollers on the rear axle with a white-smoking Dunlop scent looking for a stop on the damp Eifel country roads around the Nürburg, before the rear-wheel drive car shoots forward like a catapult. According to Veritas, the 100 km /h mark should be history in less than 3.2 seconds from a standing start. Without a windshield worth mentioning, it swellsWind in the cockpit at increasing speed from a mild breeze to a thundering hurricane. A violent hurricane should also be in it - Veritas puts the top speed at 347 km /h.

Bridge to the past

Not only the battle of drafts versus helmet visors and neck muscles promises formula feelings on the road. 'Johannes Gruber, technical director at Mücke in the DTM, was responsible for the chassis kinematics', explains designer Söhngen. In addition to the direct servo rack-and-pinion steering, the chassis, which has been tested on the Nordschleife, shines with double aluminum triangular wishbones and the spring-damper unit from Öhlins with a racing character that is operated by push rods. Fine details, such as the Veritas logos stamped into the aluminum wheel carriers, exude small-series charm. 'With the new Veritas we want to build a bridge into the past,' says chief developer Söhngen at the end. A more suitable place for the final assembly could not have been found. The RS III is to receive its final touches in the new Ring Boulevard at the Nürburgring.


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