Accelerating hard through the gears is an exercise in restraint if you're to optimize the stopwatch numbers. If you get it right, a 3.2-second zero-to-62 mph time is there for the asking, but you would have to be very brave and wind-proofed to test the 215-mph top speed.
On the one hand, the relentless push in the small of your back and the now even closer-to-home V10 warble makes the driving experience truly intoxicating. On the other, the tremendous rush of wind past your head and the sheer closeness to nature suggests simply enjoying the drive rather than aiming for record lap times. At any speed, it's a pure 100-proof driving experience rarely approached by any of today's over-sophisticated sports cars.
And that's the crux. While it is fast and well sorted enough to deliver supercar levels of straight-line speed, handling and grip, it's not its raison d'etre. What it delivers best are tactile and aural sensations that many sports car makers seem to have left behind in the mists of time.
Its price tag and exclusivity make the RSIII a big boy's toy. Thus it also runs the risk of becoming an object d' art.
However, a unique attraction that no other car can provide is the implied dark side of its nature. In the best tradition of The Twilight Zone, you just have to look at its angry face and imagine what might happen inside your garage after you switch off the lights and close the door...
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
5.0-liter V10, dohc, 40-valve
Seven-speed SMG sequential manual, Drexler mechanical LSD
Independent with pushrods and horizontally opposed Ohlins coilovers
Six-piston calipers with 380mm ceramic rotors (f), Four-piston calipers with 355mm ceramic rotors (r)
Length/Width/Height (in.): 191.3/79.5/38.2
Wheelbase: 106.3 in.
Dry Weight: 2,381 lb
Peak Power: 500 hp
Peak Torque: 384 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 3.2 sec.
Top Speed: 215 mph (est.)
The Legend Of Veritas
The company was founded in 1946 by BMW engineers Ernst Loof, Lorenz Dietrich, and Georg Meier. Their aim was to make a race-winning sports car powered by a BMW engine.
Loof was a member of the original BMW race team and then chief stylist after the war. His most famous design was the BMW 328 Mille Miglia car, so it was no surprise that he based his own car on these proven and familiar mechanicals.One of the Veritas performance advantages came about by default as steel was hard to come by in post-war Germany. The team used aluminum instead, and the weight savings gave them a winning edge.Veritas was very successful in motor racing in the hands of some big-name drivers. In fact, its first outright win was down to Karl Kling, who swept the board at the 1948 Nürburging race with an average speed of 161km/h.
The Veritas RS also finished well in the 1948 Hockenheim event, and by 1949, Veritas cars dominated the 2.0-liter sports car class in Germany. Kling was only beaten twice that season.
Despite many competition successes, Veritas eventually ran out of money and Loof closed shop in 1953, returning to BMW. It is thought that around 78 cars were built, including single-seaters, renn-spyders and coupes.
The Veritas name was revived in 2000, when a new company, Vermot AG, was founded to create a 21st century interpretation of the classic Veritas. The original firm had occupied several different factories over the years, ending up at the Nürburging. It is thus fitting that the new HQ should be located on a new industrial estate close to the Ring.
The new car is as radical today as the original was in its time, and continues the ideology of race technology in a road-legal sports car. The first running prototype was completed in 2008 using a 414-hp BMW M3 V8, but the production car will roll out of the factory powered by the M5 V10. Production will be capped at 50 cars.