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2014 VUHL 05 revealed

 2014 VUHL 05 revealed
2014 VUHL 05 03.7.2013

Will be built in Mexico

VUHL has officially unveiled their 05 sports car at the Royal Automobile Club in London.

The company declined to release specifications but Autocar says the model is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that develops 285 bhp (212 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 244 km/h (152 mph).

Little else is known about the model, but it has an aluminum monocoque chassis that delivers three times the torsional rigidity of a Lotus Elise. The car is also extremely lightweight as it tips the scales at just 725 kg (1,598 lbs).

The VUHL 05 will go into production in November and pricing starts at £55,000 ($83,945 / €64,555). The car will initially be limited to the United States and the United Kingdom and the first deliveries are scheduled for next spring.

Update: New photos and specifications added.  Check out the second press release for full details

Source: VUHL and Autocar
Published Jul 3, 2013 11:40 am By Michael Gauthier

THE V?HL 05 SUPERCAR – EXCLUSIVELY UNVEILED AT THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB IN LONDON TODAY

Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London, July 3, 2013 – after many months of secrecy, the V?HL 05 road-legal lightweight supercar has finally arrived, and was revealed to an exclusive audience in London for the first time today.

Unveiled by V?HL Automotive founders Guillermo and Iker Echeverria and Alberto Chapa to an audience of invited press, VIP guests and motorsport royalty, including Sir Stirling Moss and Chairman of the FIA Foundation Tim Keown, the exciting newcomer’s first outing met with a very enthusiastic reception.

Ambassador Alejandro Estivill, Chargé d’Affairs of the Mexican Embassy to the United Kingdom, said: “I am very proud to welcome V?HL Automotive to London, the global city in which the Echeverria brothers have chosen to launch their remarkable new supercar. The enthusiasm with which it has been received at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club today marks an excellent start for V?HL Automotive’s new venture, and will help put this new supercar firmly on the map ahead of the first deliveries next year.”

V?HL Automotive Design Director, Iker Echeverria, responded: “We are very excited to be revealing the detail specification of our new supercar for the first time here in London today. The V?HL Automotive team is attending the launch in force, and very much looking forward to the 05’s world public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week (July 11-14), where we will appear alongside many of our heroes from the world of motorsport and supercars.”

The V?HL, which only landed in the UK from Mexico late last week, will run in the ‘First Glance’ class at Goodwood as part of the Michelin Supercar Run, and will be piloted on the Friday and Saturday by popular British driver, former Renault UK and Formula Ford Festival Champion Duncan Tappy, and on the Sunday by Mexican F1 rookie Esteban Gutiérrez.

Embodying the ultimate in automotive technology from around the world, the 05’s handling has been fine-tuned in the UK, while further testing and development is scheduled to take place with assistance from Michelin later this year, both in the U.S. and Europe. Production is scheduled to commence this November, with the first deliveries following in the spring of 2014. The bodies are being fabricated in Canada, with chassis production and final assembly conducted by the advanced manufacturing concern, Adman Leku in Mexico City.

V?HL (the name is pronounced ‘vool’ and stands for Vehicles of Ultra High-performance andLightweight) is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design company penned the breath-taking 05. Their profound passion for all things automotive comes from a hands-on role in the GT and formula racing cars successfully built and campaigned over a 30-year period by their father, Guillermo Echeverria senior.

Backed by a number of blue-chip companies and the Mexican Government, and with an inventory of renowned suppliers and development partners that includes Ford, Multimatic and Michelin, the V?HL 05 has been precision engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance for both the road and the circuit.

Visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed are warmly invited to meet the V?HL Automotive team at Stand #12 in the main arena, where a complete car and separate chassis will be on display. When not on the hill, the example running in the ‘First Glance’ class will be located either on the cricket pitch or the main stand in the Michelin Supercar Paddock.

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Comments (4)

 Paulds Paulds
Way better good looking than expected, but too expensive...
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July 4, 2013 6:21 pm
 TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
I think Mastretta (another car built in Mexico) is trying hard to increase sales and is around US$35,000.cheaper, top speed almost the same, and has a rooftop. I hope this one has some success ,but it has a steep hill to climb.
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July 3, 2013 1:41 pm
 tomi.ro tomi.ro
ahahahaha...almost 100k usd....for a fun track car, this must make circles around the nissan gtr in order to receive that kind of money...ktm bow is a good deal, known manufacturer, gread design, great performance...ariel atom, the same...this car is a HUGE risk for that money...some people these day really don't know their own ans ask absurd amounts of money for sh*t
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July 3, 2013 12:14 pm
 memexe memexe
Super-nice toy! The grill detail is the only thing that should be more elaborated. The rest is just perfect.
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July 3, 2013 12:11 pm