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Mexican VŪHL 05 supercar unveiled

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July 5, 2013

VŪHL 05s top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph) isn't special compared to supercars but its handl...

VŪHL 05s top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph) isn't special compared to supercars but its handling capabilities should more than compensate

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With their enigmatic new VŪHL 05, brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria are threatening to stamp Mexico on the supercar map. Unveiled to a select audience at England’s Royal Automobile Club, the lightweight track-racer debuted a week earlier than predicted.

Pegged by its designers as a dual purposed street-track racer, the VŪHL 05 was developed along the same principles as the BAC Mono, Ariel Atom and KTM X-Bow. With slot-car looks inspired by 1960s Can-am racers, the open topped racer with a tiny windscreen makes no visual pretenses about its on-track mandate.

The car includes a highly modified 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine by Ford, mounted mid-ship provides 285 bhp to the rear wheels and 420 Nm (310 lb.ft) of torque. A quick consultation of the performance calculator suggests an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 400 bhp per ton, which on track converts to 3.7 seconds for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) run. The top speed is 245 km/h (152 mph), but where the VŪHL 05 looks likely to excel will be in the twisty bits where it will eat up heftier racers.

A 6-speed manual gearbox, waterproof suede, carbon fiber seats, minimalist interior and on...

A six-speed manual handles the transmission. Tire dimensions are 205/45 17 at the front and 235/45 18 beshodding the rear end. OZ alloy wheels provide the tires the support they need. The job of stopping the car falls to the 310 mm vented cross-drilled brake discs up front, and 280 mm discs at the back.

The power to weight ratio of 400 bhp per ton converts into 3.7 seconds for a 0 to 100 km/h...

VŪHL 05s performance figures are impressive, but when considering the vehicle tips the scales at only 695 kilograms (1532 lbs), the importance of the power-to-weight argument becomes even more relevant. With a background in racing, the family Echeverria well understand the importance of weight reduction in a car of this type. The VŪHL 05 has a bonded tub of aluminum extrusions and honeycomb composition. A chrome-moly steel subframe incorporating the rear suspension and the engine is attached directly to the passenger cell. The body itself is composed of RTM reinforced plastic, but a carbon fiber body is available for those further bent on reducing track times (and the contents of their wallet).

The VŪHL 05's performance figures are impressive, as the vehicle tips the scales at only 6...

The interior is an exercise in all-weather minimalism, with unfinished floors and side panels and only the most essential gauges and toggle switches. Optional interior designs include a water-resistant Dinamica suede trim, and one-piece carbon bucket seats keep passengers in place. A digital dash with data acquisition capabilities is there to provide feedback as is an integrated HD camera for recording and evaluating laps.

In addition to the usual aerodynamics like a fixed rear spoiler, diffuser and fore and aft air splitters, the VŪHL 05 has no roof and one seriously limited windscreen. Although the token windscreen has the benefit of providing reduced drag and weight, the shear absence of passenger protection from the elements guarantees a taste of the great outdoors. Helmets are recommended.

Weight distribution figures of 37/63 front-to-rear could make the car a bit of handful und...

The VŪHL 05 is short and squat like a go-kart, but with the luxury of dual seats. It stands only 1.12 m (3.6 ft) tall, making ingress and egress tricky. The car is almost twice as wide as it is tall at 1.876 m (6.15 ft) across the hips. Double this figure and you get the overall length at just over 3.718 m (12.2 ft). The wheelbase is only 2.3 m (7.5 ft).

On paper, the VŪHL 05's size should equate out to one aggressively agile racer with effective handling. But weight distribution figures of 37/63 front-to-rear could make the car a bit of handful under extreme lateral transitions.

VŪHL 05 uses aerodynamic tricks, like fixed rear spoiler, diffuser and fore and aft air sp...

While the VŪHL 05 bodies are fabricated in Canada, chassis production and final assembly of the vehicle is handled by the Adman Leku manufacturing concern out of Mexico City. The VŪHL 05 will sell for US$82,750 (£55,000) plus taxes and shipping starting early 2014 in the UK and USA. Given the vehicle’s performance figures and handling expectations the low price tag might make this innovative little supercar a highly sought after item.

Source: VUHL

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11 Comments

WOW!! What a nice driving machine. No-compromised fun.

Riaanh
5th July, 2013 @ 05:22 am PDT

Rather have an Atom personally.

Richard J. Auchus
6th July, 2013 @ 07:50 am PDT

something to get across the border faster

Bill Bennett
6th July, 2013 @ 11:47 pm PDT

Not bad but on the next model they need to put the rear axle a little farther back. They should also give it a pneumatic energy recovery system; low cost, light, and capable of delivering below ambient temperature air to the intake for extra boost.

Slowburn
7th July, 2013 @ 03:56 pm PDT

Oh, come on, Slowburn - The article already notes lightweight and good power to weight, it is a street/track racer, not a F1 or a Le Mans 24 job! Me, I am just waiting till they announce a coupe/cabriole version! Hmmm, gullwings, possible folding away roof, goes like stink, bring it on!

The Skud
7th July, 2013 @ 08:37 pm PDT

Looks pretty sweet, but very inconvenient and uncomfortable. Did I seriously see un-padded solid carbon fiber seats?

dandrews1138
8th July, 2013 @ 11:02 am PDT

Styling is a matter of taste, but it seems awfully busy. I can't afford one, but wouldn't buy one if I could.

Bruce H. Anderson
8th July, 2013 @ 11:35 am PDT

"low price tag"?

$82,750??

If you have to wear a helmet....

why not just buy a Ducati and pocket over $50,000?

Seriously,

I'd sooner buy a real race car and just make it street-legal....

that's what they've done.

You can do that even cheaper than the Ducati route!

A Boxster would be just fine.

Once cars get cut on and stripped for racing,

they lose all re-sale value.

Look around,you'd be surprised at what you can find

in the used racecar market.

NASCAR&ARCA have even better deals on used race cars than SCCA!

Even if you don't have a clue how to go about doing that,

lots of us do.

$82,750 can get you a truck,trailer,racecar,tools and spares if you shop around(maybe even a shop,if you're not too picky!)

Tags in states like OR&AL can be under $200 and one piece of paper to get an old race car back on the road...

My current project is already street-legal and

I only have about $2,500 in the complete chassis/drivetrain.

Griffin
8th July, 2013 @ 02:58 pm PDT

Does it come in black!!!!.....LOL!!!!

Hamilton Roldan
8th July, 2013 @ 08:55 pm PDT

re; The Skud

What? It's about short highway on ramps. I'm not trying to push the speed to over 200 mph.

re; dandrews1138

It said "one-piece carbon bucket seats".

If the seat is shaped right and fits you padding is not needed for comfort. and in the event of a crash padding lets the restraints wonder around and that can kill you.

Slowburn
8th July, 2013 @ 09:35 pm PDT

My Caterham costs much less, is much quicker, will outhandle this and is much better looking...

My REAL issue, however is that who ever felt that it' looks are inspired by 60s Can-Am cars, is Blind, Daft, Never saw these group 7 cars or, ALL of the above!!!

Peahioi
10th July, 2013 @ 03:44 pm PDT
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