With Mastretta and its home-cooked MXT-R already softening the beachhead for Mexican-made sports cars, a new company called VŪHL – an acronym that stands for "Vehicles of Ultra-lightweight and High-performance"­ – is coming to the scene.

The teaser image that you see above shows the VŪHL 05, which is tantalizingly described as a "road-legal lightweight supercar." The details are pretty scarce beyond that, save that we will witness the launch of the 05 at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

VŪHL itself was started by brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, who claim to have picked up their love of high performance cars from their GT and formula car-racing father, Guillermo Echeverria Sr. It is the Echeverria brothers' design firm, Etxe, that has penned the lines for the 05, while the production (of the bodies, at least) will take place in Canada and final assembly will happen in Mexico City. A report by Skiddmark.com indicates that big name suppliers like Magna Steyr, Mutimatic and Ford have a hand in the car, and some funding has come from the Mexican Government, as well. Consider our interest piqued.


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      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Despite the bad press from the drug related violence, Mexico has been an emerging force in the international business scene and has been gaining on the Asian countries as a choice for manufacturing operations. Although I hope this car is a great car and a successful venture I think it is just as important for a symbol of hopefully what Mexico can become.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard
        I agree. Mexico has a bad reputation right now because of poverty, illegal immigration, and drug wars, but with time and investment, things will get better. It's population and size (potential) is an advantage. The fact that many corporations are investing and building there is a sign of things to come for Mexico. Despite idiots like commenter Mikey below, Mexico definitely has potential and will most likely be a more developed and industrialized nation in the future. It may become what Thailand is more like now. Also, both Mexico and Thailand have amazing beaches and spicy food. Hmmm, my faves.
      PeterK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Somebody tell Clarkson!
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since this is the first I've heard of this sports car company, I wonder if they will follow the "TVR" design model with front-engine/rear-drive cars or the "Lotus" model with mid-engine/rear-drive cars? However, given what appears to be a large air intake in that dark photo, I will lean toward the "TVR" model for now. I will look forward to hearing more about this company, but I will wonder if these newcomers can do a better job than Fisker did in designing a new car with sound engineering principles and no glaring faults.
      tbird57w
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just what the world needs:another sports car!
      Mikey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mexico, eh? Can it mow my lawn for me?
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mikey
        It can even mow around the IROC Z in your front lawn while you eat burgers and do your sister... Aren't stereotypes fun?
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.........
      Israel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mikey I can move your mother\'s ass. Proud to be a Mexican
        Mikey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Israel
        I do apologize for the earlier comment. I will try and keep things more PC here on AB. I was just in a silly mood, that's all. We all have those days.
      Hayden760
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mexicans can't pronounce their V's "bery" well... My Grandma always told me "B-8 was full of begetables and bitamins". So it will probably sound more like Bewl, instead of VUHL when you hear a Mexican say it.
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hayden760
        Probably more like "bool"
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      One, the front end looks scary. That's a good thing. Second, the name is an English acronym. Does it translate to Spanish? Anyone? Heck, even Saddam Hussein had English printed on his money....
        TitanSubZero15
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        Vehículos de Ultra-Ligero y de Alto Rendimiento But to be honest, I don't know why they named the company "VUHL", it doesn't make sense on either English or Spanish. English: VULHP Spanish: VALAR
          rboote
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TitanSubZero15
          I like "Valar" -- They should've gone with that.
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