VUHL is pronounced vool, rhymes with cool.
VUHL 05 production underway
14th July, 2013 -
VUHL 05 unveiled
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18th August, 2015
The first production example of the VUHL 05 lightweight sports car has
been delivered to a Mexican enthusiast, who remarked at the recent VIP handover: “My super car collection was simply
not complete without an 05 - this car is serious fun and offers a uniquely raw driving experience!”
Resplendent in all-carbon bodywork, it is the first VUHL destined for the Mexican roads this year. The street legal
road/track car will soon be seen in the Middle-East too, as the company’s newly-appointed dealer for that area will offer
the 05 for sale in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, with deliveries commencing in the
final quarter of 2015.
The VUHL 05 hit the headlines at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013, where it was campaigned in the annual
hillclimb by Mexican-born F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez. The sales introduction in the UK and continental Europe is close
to being finalised, as the first right-hand drive example has passed its IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) test and will
very shortly be put through its paces in the UK. The appointment of the first British dealership will be the final step
on the road to sales in the UK - Bespoke Performance of Ware, Herts will be VUHL's first UK dealer.
The VUHL is powered by a mid-mounted 285bhp version of Ford’s 2.0-litre, DOHC turbocharged engine, which provides it
with a highly competitive power-to-weight ratio of 400bhp per ton – sufficient for a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and top
speed of over 150mph.
Designed and built in Mexico, the 05 nevertheless has a truly international specification and 40 per cent of its
components are sourced from the UK.
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The high-tech chassis comprises a three-section bonded tub constructed from aluminium extrusions and aluminium
honeycomb - aerospace technology that provides the 05 with a remarkably high level of torsional rigidity for optimum
handling. Bolted direct to the passenger cell is a chrome-moly steel subframe housing the engine and rear suspension. A
three-stage forward crash structure and double layer sidewalls provide protection for the occupants. The standard body is
made from GRP, but carbon fibre is an attractive option – it saves over 30kg in weight and the exposed parts can be
configured to taste. The sophisticated aero features include a flat underbody, front and lateral splitters, rear diffuser
and rear spoiler.
The specification further includes:
- Six-speed manual Ford gearbox
- High-ratio rack and pinion steering
- Suspension by unequal length double wishbones front and rear
- Braking by four-pot alloy callipers all-round, operating on 310mm ventilated, cross-drilled discs at the front and
280mm at the rear
- Sparco alloy wheels shod with Michelin tyres - 205/45x17 (front); 245/40x18 (rear)
Other interesting features and upgrade options 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.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.