Wraps come off Mexican speed machine


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.