Vuhl presents the 05 lightweight supercar for road and track

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 4, 2013

Vuhl has finally unveiled the 05 supercar in London and honestly to tell you we are amazed with the results. Designed as a lightweight supercar for road and track, Vuhl 05 wants to take on cars such as the BAC Mono, Ariel Atom and the KTM X-Bow. The car was penned by designers Guillermo and Iker Echeverria, sons of Guillermo Echeverria senior, who was a professional driver who built and raced his own cars for 30 years. Enough with the talking, let’s see the car! According to the official press release the Vuhl 05 comes with a monocoque that weighs only 78 kg, while the dry weight of the entire car is only 695 kg. Moreover, the chassis consists of a three-section bonded tub made of aluminum extrusions and aluminum honeycomb. For those who don’t know, same procedure is used in the aerospace technology and the Vuhl 05 promises to offer a high level of torsional rigidity for optimum handling.

A chrome-moly steel subframe houses the engine and rear suspension, while a three-stage crash structure and double layer sidewalls provide a high level of protection for the occupants. The body of the Vuhl 04 is made from RTM reinforced plastic, while carbon fiber is offered as an options. The aero features include a flat underbody, front and lateral splitters, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Under the hood, there is a 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged EcoBoost engine made by Ford, which delivers 285 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Vuhl 05 has a power to weight ration of 400 hp per tonne. As a result, it zooms from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 245 km/h or 152 mph.

The engine is bolted to a six-sped manual transmission. In order to stop in time, the Vuhl 05 features four-pot alloy calipers all-around, operating 310 mm entilated cross-drilled discs at the front and 280mm units at the rear. The design of the car is completed by the OZ alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin tires, with the sizes of 205/45 x 17 front; 235/45 x 18 rear. Due to the fact that it is designed as a lightweight supercar for road and track, the Vuhl 05 comes with a simple interior consisting of carbon bucket seats, 330mm quick release water-resistant suede-covered steering wheel, electronic data acquisition dash, integral HD camera and water-resistant Dinamica suede trim. Orders are already being taken and the first deliveries are set to start in spring of 2014. Pricing starts at £55,000 (plus tax, plus shipping). Vuhl plans to sell the 05 initially in the UK and North America, but the car will also be available at a later date in other key European countries, China, Middle-East etc in due course.

Press Release

THE VUHL 05 SUPERCAR – EXCLUSIVELY UNVEILED AT THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB IN LONDON TODAY

Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London, July 3, 2013 – after many months of secrecy, the VŪHL 05 road-legal lightweight supercar has finally arrived, and was revealed to an exclusive audience in London for the first time today.

Unveiled by VŪHL Automotive founders Guillermo and Iker Echeverria and Alberto Chapa to an audience of invited press, VIP guests and motorsport royalty, including Sir Stirling Moss and Chairman of the FIA Foundation Tim Keown, the exciting newcomer’s first outing met with a very enthusiastic reception.

Ambassador Alejandro Estivill, Chargé d’Affairs of the Mexican Embassy to the United Kingdom, said: “I am very proud to welcome VŪHL Automotive to London, the global city in which the Echeverria brothers have chosen to launch their remarkable new supercar. The enthusiasm with which it has been received at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club today marks an excellent start for VŪHL Automotive’s new venture, and will help put this new supercar firmly on the map ahead of the first deliveries next year.”

VŪHL Automotive Design Director, Iker Echeverria, responded: “We are very excited to be revealing the detail specification of our new supercar for the first time here in London today. The VŪHL Automotive team is attending the launch in force, and very much looking forward to the 05’s world public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week (July 11-14), where we will appear alongside many of our heroes from the world of motorsport and supercars.”

The VŪHL, which only landed in the UK from Mexico late last week, will run in the ‘First Glance’ class at Goodwood as part of the Michelin Supercar Run, and will be piloted on the Friday and Saturday by popular British driver, former Renault UK and Formula Ford Festival Champion Duncan Tappy, and on the Sunday by Mexican F1 rookie Esteban Gutiérrez.

Embodying the ultimate in automotive technology from around the world, the 05’s handling has been fine-tuned in the UK, while further testing and development is scheduled to take place with assistance from Michelin later this year, both in the U.S. and Europe. Production is scheduled to commence this November, with the first deliveries following in the spring of 2014. The bodies are being fabricated in Canada, with chassis production and final assembly conducted by the advanced manufacturing concern, Adman Leku in Mexico City.

VŪHL (the name is pronounced ‘vool’ and stands for Vehicles of Ultra High-performance andLightweight) is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design company penned the breath-taking 05. Their profound passion for all things automotive comes from a hands-on role in the GT and formula racing cars successfully built and campaigned over a 30-year period by their father, Guillermo Echeverria senior.

Backed by a number of blue-chip companies and the Mexican Government, and with an inventory of renowned suppliers and development partners that includes Ford, Multimatic and Michelin, the VŪHL 05 has been precision engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance for both the road and the circuit.

Visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed are warmly invited to meet the VŪHL Automotive team at Stand #12 in the main arena, where a complete car and separate chassis will be on display. When not on the hill, the example running in the ‘First Glance’ class will be located either on the cricket pitch or the main stand in the Michelin Supercar Paddock.

VUHL 05 – AN INNOVATIVE NEW LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERCAR FOR ROAD AND TRACKRoyal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London, July 3, 2013 - the VŪHL 05 is an innovative mid-engined two-seater born of a motorsport heritage.

Guillermo Echeverria senior, the father of its designers Guillermo and Iker Echeverria, was a professional driver who built and successfully raced his own cars for 30 years. The sons inherited his passion and knowledge and added qualifications in transportation design. Guillermo Junior has direct experience of the performance car industry, while Iker won the Mexican QUORUM Industrial Design Award in 2007 when still a student – he was not only up against fellow scholars but senior designers, agencies and universities.

The brothers subsequently formed their own Mexico City/Detroit-based design agency, ETXE, which having worked on projects for numerous global brands then penned the 05 – a lightweight supercar for road and track in the vein of the BAC Mono, Ariel Atom, KTM X-Bow etc.

Said Iker: “Our background means the VŪHL 05 has been developed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. We were determined to create a highly intuitive machine that was both stirringly fast and immense fun to drive – a car we ourselves would want to own. We have endeavoured to endow it with class-leading ergonomics and a contemporary silhouette of striking proportions, and the aim of uncompromising build quality has underpinned the project since day one.”

Chassis/body The 05’s monocoque weighs in at a mere 78kg, while the dry weight of the entire car is a very competitive 695kg. The chassis comprises a three-section bonded tub constructed from aluminium extrusions and aluminium honeycomb – aerospace technology that endows the 05 with a remarkably high level of torsional rigidity for optimum handling. Bolted direct to the passenger cell is a chrome-moly steel subframe housing the engine and rear suspension. A three-stage forward crash structure and double layer sidewalls provide a matchless level of protection for the occupants. The standard body is made from RTM reinforced plastic, but carbonfibre is an option. The aero features include a flat underbody, front and lateral splitters, rear diffuser and rear spoiler.

Engine/performance Power comes from a 2-litre version of Ford’s award-winning DOHC turbocharged EcoBoost engine, the output of which is 285bhp and 420Nm of torque, giving a power to weight ratio of 400bhp per tonne. This results in a 0-100kph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 245kph.

Transmission/steering The engine drives through a six-speed manual gearbox. Steering is by a high ratio rack and pinion system.

Suspension/brakes The suspension is by unequal length double wishbones front and rear. Braking is by four-pot alloy callipers all-round, operating on 310mm ventilated cross-drilled discs at the front and 280mm units at the rear.

Wheels/tyres The 05 rides on OZ alloy wheels shod with Michelin tyres; the sizes of which are 205/45 x 17 front; 235/45 x 18 rear.

Interior The unique specification can include: carbon bucket seats; 330mm quick release water-resistant suede-covered steering wheel; electronic data acquisition dash; integral HD camera; and water-resistant Dinamica suede trim.

Dimensions

Pricing/availability Orders are being taken now for delivery beginning in the spring of 2014. Pricing will start from c.£55,000 (plus tax, plus shipping). There is a wide range of performance options available to allow the 05 to be upgraded to personal taste.

Initial sales will be confined to the UK and North America (dealers are currently under appointment in both countries), but the intention is to make the car available in the other key European countries, China, Middle-East etc in due course.

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