WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EREBUS MERCEDES-BENZ V8 SUPERCARS?

Maro Engel spent a single season in the V8 Supercar Championship in 2013 in one of three Erebus Mercedes-AMGs. Photo: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

THE Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 Supercars are machines that many readers of the V8 Sleuth website have proven to be huge fans of.

Whenever these cars are mentioned in a story, let alone featured, they always generate a positive and solid response.

Recently we brought you the story of the team converting one of its former Mercedes E63 race cars into a ZB Commodore ride car.

To say it got plenty of readers would be a gross understatement!

Many readers asked the same question though – what happened to the Erebus Mercedes V8 Supercars?

The good news is that they all still exist in various shapes and forms.

Of the three cars that were originally built for the 2013 season and driven by Maro Engel, Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth, all still remain, albeit in various different guises.

The Engel SP Tools car – later raced by Will Davison in 2014 – last appeared at the non-championship Kuala Lumpur ‘KL City Grand Prix’ in Malaysia in 2015 and hasn’t seen race duty since.

It now sits at Erebus’ Melbourne workshop, still retaining its Mercedes body work and in the base silver livery as it carried five years ago for the five-car Malaysian demo.

Tim Slade on board the HHA #47 Erebus Mercedes at the Circuit of The Americas in 2013. Photo: an1images.com / Justin Deeley.

The Slade Lucky 7 car – later raced by Davison in 2015 and a winner at the Barbagallo round that year – lay idle after the end of that season though cranked back into life in 2018.

Hear Davison talk about his time with Erebus in our V8 Sleuth Podcast Here.

This chassis was originally the Tim Slade car in 2013. It’s now a ride car for Erebus, retaining the Mercedes-AMG V8 engine. Photo: Erebus Motorsport.

It ran at a Winton test day in December 2018 with David Reynolds and Luke Youlden both turning laps, still retaining the Penrite livery and stickers it had worn in its last race at Sydney Olympic Park three years earlier.

The team re-wrapped the car and it now sits in a plain black #999 livery with Erebus Motorsport signage as a dedicated ride car.

The ex-Holdsworth car, featured recently here on V8 Sleuth, is the car that has been converted into a ZB Commodore ride car.

There was also a fourth Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus V8 Supercar, though it started its life as a Falcon V8 Supercar.

Originally a Falcon built to Car of the Future regulations by Stone Brothers Racing, it was tested by the team in 2012 prior to SBR’s sale to Erebus for the following season.

The car never raced as a Falcon and was converted to a Mercedes-Benz, called up for racing duty by the team for the 2014 Gold Coast 600 after Lee Holdsworth’s regular car was hit into a roll over at Griffins Bend by Russell Ingall.

Later raced by Ash Walsh during 2015 prior to his departure from the team, the chassis remains at Erebus in Melbourne minus engine, though still in E63 body panels.

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Special thanks to the team at Erebus Motorsport for assisting with this story, in particular team CEO Barry Ryan.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.