Vermot will soon offer Veritas RS III Roadster Hybrid

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 10, 2011

Translogic said that Vermot AG, the small sportscar manufacturer, will add a hybrid version of its retro single-seater dubbed Veritas RS III Roadster before it goes full-electric. It is claimed that this hybrid speedster can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in only 3.1 seconds.

Vermot had installed a 105 kilowatt electric motor and when paired with the Veritas already has, its performance becomes even more impressive. The standard RSIII has a 507hp BMW-built V10 engine.

The downside is that the lithium ion battery pack and electric motor increases the car’s weight by 500 pounds or 226 kg, resulting to a curb weight of 2,821 pounds (1,280 kg). Still, the Veritas RS III Roadster Hybrid is slightly faster in getting to 62 mph (100 km/h) than the standard car it is based on.

It also is able to achieve a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h). Because of a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), power is recovered when stepping on the brake pedal. The electric motor sends power to the front wheels, making this roadster an all-wheel drive car. The hybrid can cover about 31 miles purely on electric power -- but only at city speeds.

Michael Söhngen, Vermot AG chief designer said that seeing the Veritas RS III for the first time instantly gets the serious attention of customers with its design -- a blend of classical and futuristic elements that give a distinctive overall impression. According to him, in the end, what matters when it comes to a good sports car design are its proportions and they have given importance to these. It has a characteristic shark’s mouth, aggressive looking Xenon double headlights, tapered and inward-contoured side sills plus the flat tail that has two stainless steel tailpipes at the center pointing up as opposed to the asymmetric roll bar included in the bodywork on the driver’s side. Its rear-view mirror that extends to the vehicle’s center, chrome-plated or riveted bodywork elements and the unique jagged taillights give emphasis to the extraordinary design concept.

It has a firm grip on the road due to its 255/30 front and 325/25 rear Dunlop tires as well as its 10.5 and 12.5-inch wide, 22-inch, 5-point star, drop center rims plus its exceptionally low height of 97 cm. In addition, it has special sports chassis with adjustable height tested on the Nürburgring’s north loop, as fans of this wild bolide usually appreciate that “real race feeling”. However, the somewhat cautious drivers can take on ABS and TCS.

The vehicle’s technical specifications are proof of the high demands. The latest Veritas, of which the famous predecessor celebrated several successful races in the 50s and was the first team from Germany to participate in Formula 1, accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in less than 3.2 seconds. This, on its own, could let the hearts of automobile fanatics beat more rapidly.

The monster with 4.68 m length and 2.02 m width has already made its presence felt in Monte Carlo and in Spa while on the “ring”, is power-driven by a 5-liter V10 BMW engine that has a 7-speed SMG transmission with an optional manual 6-speed transmission. A 7,500 rpm engine speed and 2.9 kg/kW power-weight ratio enables the RS III to achieve a top output of 373 kW or 507 hp as well as a top speed of 347 km/h.

The entire bodywork consists of an extremely light carbon racing skin, created in a Formula I forge. Aside from the 4-point H-type seatbelts, it has a tube frame built by the engineers of Vermot AG to make sure that occupants get only the highest level of safety on their customized Recaro full bucket seats. Its new braking system from Brabham Racing offers good deceleration: the front has six 380 mm pistons while the back has four 355 mm pistons that forcibly slow the whole weight before the ceramic disk brakes immediately, bringing wheels to a stop up to the next kick start.

A few days ago, extensive test drives were carried out at the well-known Brands Hatch racetrack in Great Britain. These were all about continuously enhancing the car and finding the best possible fine tuning. According to Vermot AG CEO Michael Trick, Brands Hatch was highly successful and they are very pleased with the result. They have also conducted initial customer test drives in the circumstances of the track days, an illustrious get-together of customers and prospective buyers that have met on the England racetrack and who have showed that they are truly impressed.

Topics: hybrid, sports car

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