You might not be familiar with VUHL, but at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this coming July, you’re going to get acquainted with it real quick.
The "highly specialist" automaker is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design agency, Etxe, was responsible for designing the 05, a road-legal lightweight supercar that no one has ever seen, at least until now.
Not much has been divulged about the 05, but VUHL, which stands for Vehicles of Ultra- lightweight and High-performance, did come out and say that the 05 will come with list of renowned suppliers that helped develop the supercar, including Magna Steyr, Multimatic, and yes, even Ford.
VUHL also said that no stones were left unturned in the development of the 05 an extensive research and development phase that was done in three separate continents.
According to VUHL, the body of the 05 was fabricated in Canada with handling research and optimization done in the UK and the final assembly being conducted in Mexico City.
Needless to say, this mysterious supercar has given us pause. The teaser of its front fascia seems to suggest that it has the look of an exotic. Apart from that, there’s not a whole lot to go by at this point. What we do know is that it’ll be interesting to see what VUHL has hiding in the shadows.
UPDATE 06/11/13: Mexican supercar startup VŪHL has released a new batch of teaser photos of the 05 sports car. There’s still no timetable on when we’re going to see the car in action but we’re just excited to see that progress is being made on the car’s development.
VUHL - remember the name. It is that of a highly specialist vehicle manufacturer that’s about to sprint from the shadows. The company’s first product, the VUHL 05, is a road-legal lightweight supercar that’s been precision-engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance. It will be launched at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK, July 11-14 and bring a breath of fresh air to the premium track-day sector.
While VUHL has been a well preserved secret (until now), its inventory of renowned suppliers and development partners reads like an international who’s who of the performance car industry, and includes: Magna Steyr, Multimatic, Ford and more. Embodying the ultimate in automotive technology from around the world, the newcomer’s handling was optimised in the UK, while its bodies will be fabricated in Canada, and the chassis production and final assembly conducted by the advanced manufacturing concern Adman Leku in Mexico City. VUHL’s European arm is headquartered in Luxembourg.
VUHL (the name is pronounced ‘vool’ and stands for ‘Vehicles of Ultra- lightweight and High-performance) is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design agency, Etxe, penned the breath-taking 05. Their profound passion for all things automotive grew 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. The company’s blue-chip backers include private investors and the Mexican Government.
Said Iker: “We intend VUHL products to be renowned for their effective simplicity and aesthetics guided by a purity of function. The 05 and its successors will also be notable for uncompromising build quality, rigorous attention to detail and a driving experience par excellence.”
Further details of the exciting VUHL 05 will be released very soon – see www.VUHL05.com for regular updates.