If we asked you to name a Mexican car, you’d be hard-pressed to answer. A Mexican supercar, then, is complete news to many around the world. What you are looking at here is the Vuhl 05RR, which was launched this past weekend at the 2019 Race of Champions.
Vuhl stands for Vehicles of Ultra High-performance and Lightweight. The company and its products are the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design company penned the 05 and the 05RR supercars.
The Vuhl 05RR (pr Vool) is a road-legal, lightweight supercar. It fits in with the class of open-top machines such as the Ariel Atom, Caterham 7 and KTM X-Bow. The RR model is an upgrade of the existing car that has been in production for many years now.
Powering the Vuhl 05RR is a 2,3-litre turbocharged inline four. Peak figures are 287 kW of power and 500 N.m of torque. A lightweight flywheel, lighter race clutch and full carbon wheels along with the boosted engine performance in the 05RR make it a serious contender on road and track. Vuhl says the dramatic-looking model will sprint to 100 km/h in a lightning 2,7 seconds and flat out it will do 255 km/h.
Loads of grip
In the Vuhl 05RR engineers have lowered the centre of gravity by 50 mm. Combined with the limited slip differential and track-focused suspension there is plenty of mechanical grip on offer. Added to that, there is a high downforce setup on the 05RR. Vuhl 05RR can generate an impressive 1,8G of lateral grip. Customers also have the option to receive bespoke track-specific suspension setup and slick tyres.
In his own words
Iker Echeverria, VUHL Technical Director, said: “The Vuhl 05RR is here. More exciting, more engaging and faster than ever before, this car is a real milestone in our company’s development. We have been listening to feedback, done some learning and quietly developing and evolving our offering for a number of years. The result is truly remarkable, a car that is devoid of restraint and an improvement in almost every area.