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How the Veritas RS III Hybrid Will Work


Competition and Future Models
Keeping the weight down and the horsepower up means the Veritas RS III Hybrid can go well past 200 miles per hour.
Keeping the weight down and the horsepower up means the Veritas RS III Hybrid can go well past 200 miles per hour.
Courtesy of Vermot AG

The most immediate competitor for the Veritas RS III Hybrid is the Porsche 918 Hybrid, which will be available for sale in September 2013. It's got a 400 horsepower V-8 gasoline-powered engine plus two -- count 'em, two -- electric motors, one on each axle. Porsche is claiming their plug-in hybrid will have the same 0 to 60-mile per hour (96.6-kilometer per hour) time, 3.1 seconds, and a top speed just shy of 200 miles per hour (321.9 kilometers per hour). It remains to be seen if the real-world versions of these cars can live up to (or surpass) these early estimates. One thing we do know about the Porsche 918 Hybrid: it'll cost a whopping $845,000 in the United States.

At the other end of the plug-in hybrid sports car spectrum is the Fisker Karma, which will be available in the summer of 2011. It's got a 260 horsepower gasoline engine, and, like the Porsche, one electric motor per axle. It's a little pokier than these other supercars, with a top speed of only 95 miles per hour (152.9 kilometers per hour) and a 0 to 60-mile per hour (96.6-kilometer per hour) time of 5.9 seconds, but it's a fraction of their prices, at just under $100,000.

Vermot AG isn't resting on its laurels with these two versions of the Veritas, either. It has scrapped plans to introduce a Coupe version of the gasoline-powered Roadster in favor of developing a luxury city car instead. After experimenting with the hybrid, Vermot will also produce an all-electric version in 2013. It's likely any Veritas RS III, no matter what technology is under the carbon/Kevlar skin, will be exclusive, stunning and fast. Very fast.


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