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Erebus sells race-winning Mercedes Supercar

EREBUS Motorsport has confirmed the sale of one of its race-winning Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 Supercars to former sponsor Penrite Oil.

The two parties completed an official handover today at Winton Motor Raceway, with current Erebus driver Brodie Kostecki cutting laps.

Chassis SBR25-EM03-2012 is nowadays back in the retro Penrite colours in which it raced at the 2015 Sydney 500.

That turned out to be the German brand’s final round in Supercars, Erebus switching to Holden and relocating from the Gold Coast to Melbourne for the following season.

Thus, there remained just four E63 Supercars in existence, two of which tasted victory.

SBR25-EM03-2012 was used by Tim Slade throughout 2013, parked for ’14, and wheeled back out for Will Davison in ’15, taking a race win at Perth.

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It’s the first time Erebus had offered one of its Mercedes for sale.

“It’s been a great experience for the team to rebuild and restore this particular vehicle that has so much history within our team and the sport as a whole,” said Erebus CEO Barry Ryan.

“With the original engine and panels from the white retro livery, the car has been restored to the same condition it was when it completed the Sydney 500 back in 2015.

“It was nice to see the car back on track this morning for the last time and it was a great experience for Brodie to relive a part of Erebus’ history.”

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Penrite, now the naming rights sponsor of Grove Racing, will add the Merc to its collection of cars and hinted it may yet make special appearances.

“We are delighted to be the new custodians of such an iconic piece of Australian motorsport history,” said Penrite CEO Toby Dymond.

“This car is also very special to Penrite as it represents our first major team sponsorship involvement in the Supercars Championship.

“There were only four of these cars made in the world and we are very proud and pleased to have secured this one, in full racing specification.”

Penrite brand and marketing manager Jarrod Harding added: “While it isn’t our intention for this Supercar to be returned to regular full track duties or to be used for ride days, we look forward to using it for special demonstrations and for some very special Penrite promotional activities in the future.

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“So you will definitely see the car hit the track somewhere in the future – and we have also secured a spare set of panels which gives us the option to rebrand it as the 2015 Bathurst 1000 car, which was the first complete Penrite Oil Australia Supercar livery.”

The car will initially be displayed at Penrite’s Dandenong head office in Victoria before being moved to the company’s Lane 88 private museum.

Meanwhile with space freed up, Erebus is pressing on with its Gen3 efforts for 2023.

“With the arrival of our Gen3 Camaros, it felt like the right time to say goodbye to one of these vehicles and we’re pleased that it will be displayed and celebrated by its major sponsor at the time,” Ryan said.

“It’s an exciting time for Supercars right now and we’re looking forward to the new generation of Supercars hitting the track at Newcastle in the very near future.”

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