Auto makers will always reach to the past for inspiration, and it seem the a few German manufacturers seek to revive a couple of open top racing legends. Development of the open top SLR Speedster revival has been covered for the past year with only first glimpses of the actual body styling being recently seen.

Now Vermot AG has put their skills to another legend, the Veritas, based on the BMW 328. It was 60 years ago the Veritas was born winning the first race after the Second World War in 1949, and going on to be the most successful German racing car of its time with 13 German Championships and 29 first places within just a few years.

A modern day interpretation, the Veritas RS III weighing only 1080 kg (2380 lbs.) is a pure race car unconfined by electronic driving aids – no anti-lock brakes, traction control – not even power brakes. It will forgo the BMW 6.0-liter V12 first shown in concept form in 2001 in favor of BMW's newer 5.0-liter engines, most notably the V10 from the BMW M5. With a tubular frame with carbon/kevlar body, there are two engines choices available:

  • BMW 5.0-liter V10 600hp with sequential transmission, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2s, top speed 347 km/h (215 mph).

  • BMW 5.0-liter V8 480hp with manual transmission, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6s, top speed 329 km/h (204 mph).

Vermot has released a rockin video of the Veritas RS II in action on the Nurburgring Nordschleife as well as some hyper road scenes.