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.
You might not be familiar with VUHL (Vehicles of Ultra- lightweight and High-performance), but in just a few days, at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed , you’re going to get acquainted with it real quickly.
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. The model was designed for the road and track, and comes as a response to cars like BAC Mono, Ariel Atom and KTM X-Bow.
According to Iker, VUHL wanted to develop a "highly intuitive machine that was both stirringly fast and immense fun to drive – a car we ourselves would want to own." And the result is the new 05.
UPDATE 07/03/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
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