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.