When VUHL launched the 05 sports racer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed , it came to the event knowing that it needed to garner significant interest from buyers if the car was ever going to be produced.
Well, it appears that its objective was met after VUHL automotive director Guillermo Echeverria announced that the company would be proceeding building a first batch of the top-grade Edition One 05 sports cars .
“Our aim for Goodwood was quite specific – to accrue sufficient orders for a batch of 20 ‘Edition One’ (top specification) models and," Echeverria said in a statement. "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."
That’s good news for a start-up company like VUHL that’s trying to make a dent in the industry. It’s even better news for those customers who signed up to buy the car, paving the way for the company to build them.
The first orders of the VUHL 05 are expected to enter production with a delivery date some time next year. The company is still accepting orders, too, which means that if you have £55,000 ($86,225 / €64,505) to spare, you can be one of the first in the world to own this highly unconventional, albeit ridiculously fast open-top sports car.
Click past the jump to read about the VUHL 05
Born from the minds of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, the VUHL 05 sports car isn’t your typical high-powered coupe.
It doesn’t look like one, thanks to an open-type set-up that makes good use of a monocoque that weights just 171 pounds, which helps ensures a dry weight of just 1,532 pounds. It’s track-specific configuration also makes for an ideal track-day racer, highlighted in no small part by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that develops 285 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while connected to a six-speed manual transmission.
The 05’s performance numbers allow it to hit 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 152 mph.
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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 VUHL 05 is due to enter production this November.
Said VUHL 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 track-day 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!”
The V?HL 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 VUHL will form a key part of the supercar display alongside such hallowed company as Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, and Noble.