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Seven stunning Erebus Mercedes liveries

BETTY Klimenko quipped at the announcement of the Erebus Motorsport V8 project in September of 2012 that she wanted to race her new Mercedes-AMG E63s in black.

The team was, after all, named after the Greek God of Darkness.

Images published for the first time in V8 Sleuth’s new book, Erebus Motorsport: From Challengers to Champions, show the first Erebus V8 Supercar completed its maiden test in a menacing matte black.

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Sponsorship requirements, however, meant the actual Erebus Mercedes race cars featured a multitude of colours, with many different liveries appearing over their three seasons.

V8 Sleuth celebrates the mighty Mercs with this throwback to seven of the E63’s best looks.

SP Tools

Maro Engel during the 2013 pre-season test at Sydney Motorsport Park. Pic: an1images.com

Amid a sea of change, Stone Brothers Racing sponsors SP Tools and IRWIN Tools both carried over to the new Erebus Motorsport venture in 2013.

SP Tools overhauled its colours for the new era, swapping its conservative black and blue for this eye-catching orange and matt silver scheme campaigned by German Maro Engel.

IRWIN Tools

Lee Holdsworth, Phillip Island 2013. Pic: an1images.com

The IRWIN livery was also given a refresh for the new Mercedes era that included a brighter blue and the addition of chrome.

These are the colours in which Lee Holdsworth competed throughout the 2013 season.

Heavy Haulage Australia

Tim Slade, Circuit of the Americas 2013. Pic: an1images.com

Multiple liveries were run on the third entry run by Erebus during its inaugural season, which was backed by Heavy Haulage Australia and driven by Tim Slade.

We reckon this was the pick of them – a one-off look sported at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, that took inspiration from the Texan flag.

AMG Customer Sports

Will Davison, 2014 Townsville 500. Pic: an1images.com

Having trimmed to two cars and lost its primary sponsors from the previous year, Erebus presented its E63s in these black and blue colours for the first half of 2014.

Various brands were run on the flanks, including AMG Customer Sports signage pictured here on Will Davison’s car in Townsville.

Wendys

Ash Walsh/Jack Le Brocq, Bathurst 2015. Pic: an1images.com

Not to be confused with the burger chain of the same name that sponsored Brad Jones Racing at Taupō, Erebus’ #4 entry scored backing from the Wendys ice cream outlet in 2015.

Although not everyone’s cup of tea, the bright pink and white colours sure stood out.

Penrite (black)

Will Davison and Ash Walsh, Pukekohe 2015. Pic: an1images.com

Penrite sponsored Erebus’ Commodores from 2016-2020, including its Bathurst-winning campaign in 2017.

The partnership, though, started in what proved to be the final events of the team’s Mercedes era – including backing both cars at Pukekohe, pictured.

Penrite (white)

Will Davison, Sydney 500 2015. Pic: an1images.com

The final race livery to be applied to an Erebus E63 V8 Supercar was one of the best.

This white Penrite look was wheeled out for Davison at the 2015 Sydney 500, celebrating 90 years of the Australian oil company and neatly showing off the car’s clean lines.

Erebus Motorsport: From Challengers to Champions features an in-depth look at how Erebus’ Mercedes project came together, its seasons running the cars and the full history of the four chassis that raced as AMGs.

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