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.
Pronounced as “vool,” VŪHL is an acronym for Vehicles of Ultra High-performance and Lightweight. This was created by the Echeverria brother, Iker and Guillermo. Not that surprising considering that this is the same Mexican/American design company that made the incredible 05. The brothers have long been known for their passion when it comes to everything automotive and is a result of having a more direct role when it comes to formula racing cars and GT cars. These are cars that have been built and then campaigned for at least 30 years by the brother’s father, Guillermo Echeverria senior.
Late last week, the VŪHL finally arrived from Mexico to the UK. The VŪHL is slated to be part of the “First Glance” class during the Michelin Supercar Run at Goodwood. For the first two days of the three-day event, which is Friday and Saturday, driving the VŪHL will be celebrated British driver Duncan Tappy. Tappy formerly drove for Renault UK and was the Formula Ford Festival Champion.
By Sunday though, it will be driven by Esteban Gutiérrez, Mexican F1 rookie. While the 05 is already the best example when it comes to the world’s greatest automotive technology, the company made sure to fine-tune this model for the UK. However, the brand did reveal that further development and testing are slated to occur later in the year with help from Michelin. This will be done in Europe and also the U.K.
Actually, production is expected to begin by November with the first deliveries projected to be done by the spring of 2014. While the bodies will be made in Canada, production of the chassis will be done by Adman Leku, which is located in Mexico City. It will be here where the final assembly will be done. Partnership is not limited to Michelin as the company has also entered into agreements with development partners and well-known suppliers like Multimatic and Ford, among others. The company is also supported by various blue-chip corporations and even the Mexican Government itself. Thus, while the VŪHL 05 has been precision-engineered to work on the track, it was equipped with exceptional performance for both the track and the road.