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Guillermo and Iker Echeverria, sons of former professional driver Guillermo Echeverria senior, have developed the VUHL 05, a new lightweight supercar for the road and track. Pricing will start from $81,994 (plus tax and shipping), with delivery beginning in the spring of 2014. Initial sales will be confined to the UK and North America, but eventually the car will be available in the other key European countries.
Not only did the two brothers inherit their father's passion for cars, they are qualified in both transportation and 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 05 was created by Guillermo and Iker as a lightweight supercar for road and track in the vein of the BAC Mono, Ariel Atom, KTM X-Bow, etc.
Said Iker: "Our background means the VUHL 05 has been developed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. We were determined to create a highly intuitive machine that was both stirringly fast and immense fun to drive - a car we ourselves would want to own. We have endeavored to endow it with class-leading ergonomics and a contemporary silhouette of striking proportions, and the aim of uncompromising build quality has underpinned the project since day one."
The 05's monocoque weighs in at 172 lbs. (78kg), while the dry weight of the entire car is 1532.2 lbs. (695kg). The chassis comprises a three-section bonded tub constructed from aluminum extrusions and aluminum honeycomb - aerospace technology that endows the 05 with a 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 protection for the occupants. The standard body is made from RTM reinforced plastic, but carbon fiber is an option. The aero features include a flat underbody, front and lateral splitters, rear diffuser and rear spoiler.
Power comes from a 2-litre version of Ford's award-winning DOHC turbocharged EcoBoost engine, the output of which is 285bhp and 309.78 lb-ft. (420Nm) of torque, giving a power to weight ratio of 400bhp per ton. This results in a 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 152.2 mph (245kph).
The engine drives through a six-speed manual gearbox. Steering is by a high ratio rack and pinion system.
The suspension is by unequal length double wishbones front and rear. Braking is by four-pot alloy calipers all-round, operating on 310mm ventilated cross-drilled discs at the front and 280mm units at the rear.
The 05 rides on OZ alloy wheels shod with Michelin tires; the sizes of which are 205/45 x 17 front; 235/45 x 18 rear.
The unique specification 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.
Ground clearance 110mm
Dry weight 1532.2 lbs.
Curb weight 1598.4 lbs.
Power to weight ratio 400bhp/ton
Weight distribution 37/63 (front/rear)
For further information visit www.VUHL05.com