VUHL 05Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:32
Designed for both mortals and track racers, the new VUHL 05 is a prime example of the new sparks of life indicating an indigenous automotive industry trying to get started. The car’s provenance is truly international; its carbon fibre body was made in Canada, its handling optimized in the UK, while the chassis and final assembly is conducted in Mexico City. In its creation, several renowned brands took part, such as Magna Steyr, Multimatic, and Ford. Under the hood, VUHL 05 packs a Ford 2.0-litre DOHC turbocharged EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of 285hp. This output is combined with the car’s 695kg dry weight to reach a power-to-weight ratio of 400 horsepower per tonne. This means that performance is not a problem for the VUHL 05 as it can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 245km/h. Opting for the award-winning Ford engine means that VUHL is paying homage to the glory of the 1970s Cosworths and places it in competition with the likes of the KTM X Bow and Ariel Atom
Its contemporary silhouette hides the best ergonomics available in the industry, its founders believe. The VUHL 05’s unique X-Vario platform is constructed from 6061-T6 aluminium extrusions and aluminium honeycomb. Its extreme torsional stiffness allows the suspension to be finely tuned for both road and track. Bolted directly to the passenger cell is a chrome steel sub-frame that houses the engine and rear suspension. It also provides exceptional protection for the occupants with its three-stage forward crash structure and double layers sidewalls. While the standard body is made from RTM reinforced plastic, carbon fibre is also an option. VUHL’s minimalist design pays precise attention to detail, like the HD camera mounted into the bulkhead between the seats which offers a perfect video of a driver’s spin on the track or on the road. Its bare bones design still manages to incorporate a racing style kill switch, carbon bucket seats, a water-resistant, suede-covered steering wheel, and an electronic data acquisition dashboard. Ultimately, VUHL 05 is designed as a highly intuitive machine that is fun to drive for sports car aficionados.