Wraps come off Mexican speed machine

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Wraps come off Mexican speed machine

The VUHL 05 (pronounced Vool) is the latest two-seater sports car to come out of Mexico and it has high hopes of rivalling the likes of Ariel's Atom and KTM's fearsome X-Bow.

Officially unveiled at the Royal Automobile Club on London's Pall Mall yesterday, the VUHL 05 instantly impressed with its aggressive styling and track day focus.

The open-top motor features Ford's 2-litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine and produces 285bhp.

Those numbers may not seem breath-taking at first but the VUHL 05 weighs just 695kg without fuel so performance figures more than makes up for a lack of horsepower.

The 0-62mph sprint takes just 3.7 seconds and the relatively small engine can propel the racer on to a top speed of 152mph.

Despite the aggressive appearance, the VUHL 05 is also competent on-road too, as the team of engineers behind it have been using battle-scarred British roads as a test bed for the suspension and chassis settings.

VUHL's Iker Echeverria, who led the styling of the 05, describes it as a, "race car feel in a car you could use on the road."

Potential customers may be shocked by the price as a standard model costs £59,990, while an Edition One special with a slight power hike will cost a whopping £69,900.

That's almost £20,000 more than a brand new Porsche Cayman S, which is one of the finest road and track cars we've ever experienced and it has a boot.

The VUHL 05 will be put through its paces at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week where it will be running in the 'First Glance' category.

VUHL 05

VUHL 05