Veritas might be the oldest company no one has heard of. After a 50 year hiatus from successfully tuning prewar BMW 328s, the boutique firm has fully completed its comeback after debuting the ‘RS3 Concept’ in 2001. After years of testing and research, Veritas is poised to begin production on their RS III Roadster. The single-seater supercar will total 30 in number, and each vehicle will be assembled completely and painstakingly by hand over an 8 week period, courtesy of the company’s small 15-man staff. In the 40s, Veritas was reprimanded by BMW for unauthorized use of their prodcuts; ironically, a familiar 5-liter BMW V8 will power the RSIII over 60 years after first drawing the ire of the Munich-based marque. Weighing only 2,391 pounds and making great use of every one of its 507bhp, Veritas’ one-man racer promises to produce staggering acceleration numbers: the company claims a 0-60 time of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 219mph. Cosmetically, the roadster looks like a caricature of a sea creature, at least from ground level. From many perspectives, the car appears to be looking back at its observers, thanks to its unique headlights. An angular, sloping nose and the sharp headlights frame the whale shark-mouth grille. While the vertically lined grille might have some thinking Maserati, but it is actually a tribute to the older Veritas models, having incorporated an almost identical look. The no-nonsense rear end, highlighted by a sharp crease at the beltline, triggers thoughts of old 60s Stingray Corvettes, minus the chrome of course. We think it looks pretty cool…maybe some other car makers should try taking a few years off.
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