The VŪHL 05 is characterized by a total weight of just 695 kg – the monocoque weighs just 78kg – and is powered 2-liter version of Ford’s DOHC turbocharged EcoBoost engine, delivering 285bhp and 420Nm.
The resulting a power to weight ratio is 400bhp per tonne, which allows the supercar to sprint from zero to 100kph in 3.7 seconds and to reach a top speed of 245kph.
The chassis comprises a three-section bonded tub constructed from aluminum extrusions and aluminum honeycomb – aerospace technology that endows the 05 with a remarkably high level of torsional rigidity for optimum handling.
Bolted direct to the passenger cell is a chrome-moly steel subframe housing the engine and rear suspension. A three-stage forward crash structure and double layer sidewalls provide a matchless level of protection for the occupants.
The standard body is made from RTM reinforced plastic, but carbon-fiber is an option. The aerodynamic features include a flat underbody, front and lateral splitters, rear diffuser and rear spoiler.
The suspension is by unequal length double wishbones front and rear. Braking is by four-pot alloy callipers all-round, operating on 310mm ventilated cross-drilled discs at the front and 280mm units at the rear.
Custom equipment can include: carbon bucket seats; 330mm quick release water-resistant suede-covered steering wheel; electronic data acquisition dash; integral HD camera; and water-resistant Dinamica suede trim.
Orders are being taken now for delivery beginning in the spring of 2014 – initially limited to the UK and North America. Pricing will start from c.£55,000 (plus tax, plus shipping).
VŪHL 05 – Dimensions and weight
Ground clearance 110mm
Dry weight 695kg
Kerb weight 725kg
Power to weight ratio 400bhp/tonne
Weight distribution 37/63 (front/rear)
Guillermo Echeverria senior, the father of its designers Guillermo and Iker Echeverria, was a professional driver who built and successfully raced his own cars for 30 years. The sons inherited his passion and knowledge and added qualifications in transportation design. Guillermo Junior has direct experience of the performance car industry, while Iker won the Mexican QUORUM Industrial Design Award in 2007 when still a student.
The brothers subsequently formed their own Mexico City/Detroit-based design agency, ETXE, which having worked on projects for numerous global brands.