Lightweight Mexican Vühl 05 is going into production.
Get ready world – the Mexicans are coming, and they’re bringing their crazy sports cars. Vuhl, a company based in Mexico City, has announced that the Vühl 05 lightweight, road-legal machine is going into production.
The world got its first glance at the Vühl during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, when Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez drove a prototype up the hill. That appearance garnered sufficient attention from customers to make production a reality, and the first ones will trundle off the Mexican production line in November.
The project is part-finded by the Mexican government, and has even been sampled by El Presidente himself, Enrique Peña Nieto (below), It’s made from a bonded aluminium monocoque with a choice of plastic or carbonfibre panels, while power comes from a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, developing 285bhp. That might not sound that much, but it weighs just 725kg, which means it’ll be a rocket. And with a 37:63 weight balance biased towards the back, it’ll probably waggle its tail a bit too. 100kph from standstill comes up in 3.7 seconds and it’ll hit 245kph.
The company is also dropping hints towards a coupe version and maybe even a one-make race series, which could be fun. It slots into a market with several hardcore competitors, such as the KTM X-Bow, Ariel Atom and BAC Mono. Still, we’re not complaining about a late arrival. We say the more the merrier.