Here it is! The first look at the AMG V8 Supercar!

Erebus Motorsport has shown off the V8 Supercar specification Mercedes E63 AMG it will use to contest the 2013 championship under the new ‘Car of the Future’ regulations.

The team – formerly known as Stone Brothers Racing – will field three of these machines for drivers Lee Holdsworth, Tim Slade and Maro Engel, who will run separate livery schemes for their respective naming rights sponsors IRWIN Tools, Heavy Haulage and SP Tools.

With the buyout and conversion of the team from Ford to AMG power taking place in the space of three months, it has been a Hurculean effort getting the outfit ready to go ahead of tomorrow’s open pre-season test at the Sydney Motorsport Park.

"It’s not often in life you get to touch your dream. Having [our] launch in the same week as winning the Bathurst 12 hour, is like the icing on the cake,” Erebus team owner Betty Klimenko said.

Lee Holdsworth and his #4 IRWIN Tools entry Tim Slade and his #47 Heavy Haulage entry Maro Engel's #9 SP Tools entry
The warpaint schemes for Lee Holdsworth, Tim Slade and Maro Engel (L-R)

“Everyone at Erebus Motorsport V8 has worked so hard and because of their passion for building these cars, they have worked the required hours necessary to get them here tonight. It’s just a phenomenal effort by all,” the team’s general manager, Ross Stone, added.

“Betty is the first female owner in V8Supercars and she has already proven that with her passion and determination anything is achievable. It is because of her belief in this project that we are here tonight,”

Erebus Motorsport 2013 V8 Supercars launch

And with AMG coming on board as the series’ fourth manufacturer effort, the championship is looking in better health than ever, according to V8 Supercars CEO David Malone.

“This is a truly significant moment for Erebus, and V8 Supercars – after five years of hard work the Car of the Future era is now a reality. With a grid of 28 brand new V8 Supercars, record corporate support, a continually growing fan base and TV audience the sport has never been in better shape,” he said.

The cars are certainly a sight to behold and we cannot wait to see them out in action. What do you think of the look? Post your comments below…

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Richard Bailey

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