We drove the prototype version in Italy earlier this year, and were impressed with the sheer pose value this awesome machine offers.
That same popularity made it hard to film though, as wherever we pulled over; a crowd of onlookers would gather, armed with a barrage of questions about the car.
Granted, it looks like something Wolverine might drive in the next X-Men movie, but let me assure you, anytime you’re behind the wheel of a Veritas, is a blast.
Punch the throttle in second gear, while you’re going ballistic through one of Italy’s tunnels, and you will know the full meaning of engine noise. The twin, high-set exhaust pipes on the Veritas, make enough noise to drown out a Tornado fighter jet.
There’s racing history behind the Veritas name too, these guys were the first German team to enter Formula One, so it’s no surprise that they have a test centre and showroom, trackside at the Nurburgring.
Awarded this year’s public award of “Best Super Car 2009” at London’s prestigious Salon Prive, the Veritas RS 111 will commence a limited series run of 30 of these extraordinary cars, five of which have already been sold to enthusiasts in Monaco, Australia, Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland.
With another eight cars reserved, and over 100 enquiries, Michael Trick the CEO of VerMot AG who owns the Veritas brand, expects all first series cars to be sold out this year.
At 4.68 metres long, a massive 2.02 metres wide and only 970 millimetres high, the Veritas RS 111 cuts a seriously imposing figure on the road.
Weighing in at just 1.080 kilograms, quick, is an understatement. Powered by a BMW sourced 5.0 litre V10 developing 373 kW and 520Nm of torque, this monster will do 347km/h and sprint form 0-100km/h in under 3.2 seconds.
You can option a six-speed manual, but the standard 7-speed SMG with paddles is the best way to enjoy this car.
The prototype car we drove required maximum concentration with this much power and no ABS or Traction Control, certainly not for the faint-hearted.
The production car has both these safety devices, but drivers will be able to deactivate both systems individually.
The Veritas RS 111 is a super car for the purist, I only wish I had the cash.
Veritas RS 111 Technical Data
Max. Power: 373kW/507hp at 7.500rpm.
Max. Torque: 520Nm at 6.100rpm.
Gearbox: 7-speed SMG (standard), 6-speed manual (optional)
Top speed: 347km/h
Acceleration: 0-100km/h approx. 3,2s.
Dimensions: Length: 4.680mm
Weight: 1.080Kg (1.170Kg fully fueled)
Structure: Tube frame
Body: 1+1 seater: Tubular frame with racing carbon fibre body with specific torsional rigidity by the use of elevated flanks and central tubular construction
Differential: different ratios and self-locking differentials
according to individual customer preferences
Suspensions: 4 independent wheels with double triangular
control arms Öhlins coilover suspension with personalised setting
Push rod, front spring struts mounted horizontally / rear spring struts mounted longitudinally
Steering: servo-assisted rack and pinion steering Anti roll bars
Wheels/tyres: 5 spoke VERITAS exclusive forged light alloy wheels
Front axle: 10,5J x 22 with tyres Dunlop SP Sport Maxx, 255/30 ZR22
Rear axle: 12,5J x 22 with tyres Dunlop SP Sport Maxx, 325/25 ZR22
Brakes: BRABHAM RACING high performance brake system
Front axle: 6-piston brake calipers with cross-drilled, internally ventilated ceramic brake discs, diameter: 380mm
Rear axle: 4-piston brake calipers with cross drilled, internally ventilated ceramic brake discs, diameter: 355mm Anti-lock braking system (ABS) separately activatable-
Traction control: Separately activatable
Exhaust system: Stainless steel exhaust manifolds (headers), high- performance motorsport catalytic converters, complete stainless steel
Exhaust system with remote controlled sound baffles
Interior: Bucket seats with Nappa leather 4-point H-harnesses
Weight-to-power ratio: 2,13Kg/hp (1,79Kg/hp for optional Clubsport version with BRABHAM RACING 5.5-ltrs. high-precision, high-performance engine 605hp)