Well we've already seen Ford's FG Falcon (which, despite entirely new frames for the COTF generation, runs a body identical to that used in 2012), Holden's VF Commondore (which is significantly changed from the VE entry run in 2012) and Kelly Racing's Nissan Altima (which is, like the Erebus Mercedes, a V8 Supercar debutant in 2013), and today we see the fourth and final V8 Supercar "Car of the Future": Erebus Racing's Mercedes E63.
Set to be driven by Lee Holdsworth (IRWIN Tools, 4), Maro Engle (SP Tools, 9) and Tim Slade (Heavy Haulage Australia, 47), these three Mercs will take up just three of the 28 slots on the International V8 Supercars Championship grid. They have no factory support from Mercedes corporate, Mercedes AMG or Mercedes of Australia and are entierly funded by Betty Kilmenko's Erebus/SBR outfit.
Erebus/SBR was created at the end of 2012 when Australian GT team Erebus Motorsport bought the former V8 Supercar championship winning team Stone Brothers Racing. The SBR operation famously ran Fords, but new team owner Kilmenko wanted a Merecedes operation, and thus a Mercedes operation was born.
Of course, the changeover wasn't exactly fluid, with 2012 SBR driver Shane Van Gisbergen "retiring" at 23, only to unsurprisingly unretire to Tekno Autosport in 2013. Erebus/SBR considered legal action, but has seemingly lost interest in pursuing the option.
The 2013 International V8 Supercars Championship begins with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia on March 1st, 2013. The new "Car of the Future" class will make it's official debut at the official V8 Supercar test on February 16th at the Sydney Motorsports Park.
All images via Erebus.