If we had a nickel for every independent sportscar project started by people we'd never heard of and that never came to fruition, well... we might actually have enough money to put one of them into production. But every once in a while we end up pleasantly surprised. And we just might be by the VŪHL 05.

The project, as you may recall, is the brainchild of a pair of Mexican brothers based in Detroit, and calls for a lightweight track car along the lines of the Ariel Atom, KTM X-Bow or BAC Mono. VŪHL Automotive launched the 05 just last month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was driven up Lord March's lawn by F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez. Its featherlike 1,500-pound curb weight is motivated by a 2.0-liter turbo four sourced from Ford and mounted amidships, driving 285 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual to the rear wheels for a claimed 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds.

The numbers sound impressive enough, and have apparently impressed enough customers that VŪHL is putting it into production as planned. The initial run will consist of twenty Edition One models, which VŪHL will start building in November for delivery next spring. In the meantime, the Echeverria brothers will be taking their creation to London to rub shoulders with supercars at the Salon Privé. Scroll down to watch the video below, where you'll also find a press release.


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VŪHL 05 TO ENTER PRODUCTION FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2013
Next stop – Salon Privé, London, 4 - 6 September


Mexico City, Mexico, 21 August 2013 – As a result of its highly successful world public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where a complete car and separate chassis were displayed and a further example was demonstrated on the hill by Mexican F1 rookie Esteban Gutierrez, the innovative VŪHL 05 is due to enter production this November.

Said VŪHL Automotive director Guillermo Echeverria: "Our aim for Goodwood was quite specific – to accrue sufficient orders for a batch of 20 'Edition One' (top specification) models and, with the serious enquiries already received from the UK, central Europe, USA and Mexico, we are well on the way to achieving that and more. Production will therefore commence in November as planned, with the first cars due to enter customers' hands during the spring of next year.

"We could not have wished for a better response from the media and public alike and, as hoped, it is clear the car is just as appealing to those wanting an ultra-cool car for the road as the serious trackday enthusiasts seeking an alternative to the offerings of more established manufacturers.

"The enthusiastic feedback we've received has been very rewarding. People generally love the car's unique design, build quality and highly competitive power to weight ratio. We've been asked everything from whether a coupé version is on the cards to whether the roadster will form the basis of a one-make race series. The answer is 'watch this space', for anything is possible!"

Presidential patronage

The VŪHL 05 programme benefits from funding by the Mexican Government as well as private enterprise and recently enjoyed a starring role in Mexico City's annual 'Entrepreneurs Week', where it was unveiled by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, who delighted attendees by not only trying the new supercar for size, but starting and revving the engine too.

Salon Prive debut

The next public outing for the silver and black prototype driven at Goodwood by Gutierrez is the premier lifestyle event Salon Privé, London, September 4-6, where VŪHL will form a key part of the supercar display alongside such hallowed company as Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, and Noble.

www.salonprivelondon.com

Further details of the exciting VŪHL 05 can be found at www.VUHL05.com and its unfolding story can followed on Twitter and Facebook too: @VUHLAutomotive / Facebook


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      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the looks, and as a North American competitor to the 7 and Atom, I'm all for it. My biggest issue is with the price, though; $90k puts it in a completely different segment than those other lightweight racer/roadsters and in to GT-R and 911 range. And frankly this just can't compete with those cars. Also, I wish it were actually being made in Detroit.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
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          NissanGTR
          • 1 Year Ago
          Looking at just hp and weight does not mean it will be fast.
          • 1 Year Ago
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      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes the Aztek and Juke look timeless. Ah, well, a Vuhl and his money...
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is a very sharp looking toy. The price is a bit much but I guess there's a cost for exclusivity.
      wtrmlnjuc
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only thing I wish this had were glass headlight covers. Otherwise, great job on them.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good on 'em
      EZen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had forgotten that it's being made in Detroit. I'm in the Detroit area and looking to build a Factory Five 818R. This is an amazing looking car and I'm sure the performance will be great. The problem is that it costs about 4x what a finished Factory Five 818R will cost so it's way out of my price range. Looks like the child of an 818R and BAC Mono!
      h-man
      • 1 Year Ago
      $90,000 for this is highway robbery. When the Ariel Atom was released in the US it was a $30,000 car. There was such a demand they increased the price every year until now it's a $50k car. This guy is just trying to cash in.