Based on the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Erebus Motorsport unveiled the fourth and final car to compete in the Australian V8 Supercars series today.
These are the first AMG race cars ever built outside Germany. Erebus is a customer team of AMG and sources parts from the performance brand. It races the cars independently of AMG and is able to use the Mercedes because of the newly-created Car of the Future regulations, which opens the series to more cars. Until now, the race was restricted to the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.
The new regulations call for a single “control” chassis shared between the cars, but engines and styling may vary. Of course, there are regulations on the engines. Displacement is limited to five liters and must have a rev limit between 7,000 and 7,500 rpm. Output is limited to around 650 hp and torque curves need to be the same for all the cars. How the teams arrive at those figures, on the other hand, is up to them.
In Erebus’ case, it’s a modified version of the V8 found in the SLS AMG supercar. This year the series will visit the U.S. when it runs a race in Austin, TX from May 17 to 19.