If you do not recall anything about the VUHL 05, it’s a cool little sports car, Mexico’s second attempt at making such a thing, featuring a lightweight carbon body and a peppy engine. Production of the 05 is now in full swing as the first units gets delivered to “an arch Mexican enthusiast.”
Maybe it’s El Chapo who bought this car because he needs something quick to get away from the authorities, should they try to bust him for the third time this year. VUHL 05 is a bit conspicuous though, as it features a speedster two-seater body and makes a very sporty noise as well. Power comes from a mid-mounted 285bhpFord 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine, and since the car weighs only 695 kg, that is enough to give it a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 150 mph.
The base VUHL 05 comes with a plastic body and has a flat underbody, front and lateral splitters, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Carbon body is an optional extra but sheds another 30 kg off the dry weight. The car has a six-speed manual Ford gearbox, large brake discs, Sparco lightweight wheels, and sport-tuned chassis and suspension.
Available options for the 05 include carbon bucket seats with water-resistant Dinamica suede trim; exposed carbon bodywork panels; 330mm quick-release suede-covered steering wheel; electronic data acquisition dash; built-in HD camera; wide range of colours in matt and gloss finish; titanium bolt pack.
The next batch of production VUHLs will be heading to the Middle East where they have orders from Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. After that it will be UK’s turn.