Mexican performance car startup VŪHL has presented its new 05 track car at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Formula One rookie Esteban Gutiérrez, also from Mexico, drove the car up the event’s famous hill climb.
For those unfamiliar with VŪHL, the company is the brainchild of two brothers, Guillermo and Iker Echeverria, the sons of Mexican racing driver Guillermo Echeverria senior.
Using their design and engineering background, the brothers penned the 05--a lightweight track car in the vein of the Ariel Atom, BAC Mono and KTM X-Bow. And like its rivals, the 05 has also been developed for the road.
Power comes from Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which in standard guise delivers 285 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Matched to this is a six-speed manual gearbox that helps direct power to the rear wheels.
The chassis comprises a three-section bonded tub constructed from aluminum extrusions and aluminum honeycomb. One of the sections is the passenger cell, to which a chrome-moly steel subframe housing the engine and rear suspension is attached. A three-stage forward crash structure and double layer sidewalls sits at the other end.
Thanks to lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum construction, the 05 tips the scales at just 1,532 pounds. This has a direct impact on the car’s performance: the 0-62 mph run takes just 3.7 seconds while top speed registers at 152 mph.
In case you’re interested, VŪHL is taking orders for the car and plans to start deliver in the spring of next year. Pricing starts at around $84,000 but from here there is a long list of options on offer to enable the 05 to be upgraded to personal taste.
For more details on the VŪHL 05, hit up our previous post
, and for more from the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, click here
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