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VUHL launches 'lightest, most powerful' car yet

Mexico's best known sports car manufacturer is back with its second album

By Dafydd Wood / Monday, January 21, 2019

You may remember the Mexican manufacturer of 'Vehicles of Ultra-Lightweight High Performance', otherwise known as VUHL (because, well, VULHP doesn't have quite the same ring to it). The company first made headlines back in 2013 with the announcement of the VUHL 05, a lightweight, track-focussed road car which entered a market already chockablock with lightweight, track-focussed road cars.

Nonetheless the brand still seems to be going strong, as evidenced by the release of this: the 05RR. Billed as the lightest, most powerful VUHL yet, with "enhanced mechanical grip, aerodynamic performance and power" it produces 117hp and 73lb ft more than the standard 05, while weight is down by 65kg to 660kg as well.

That's 20kg heavier than was claimed when the 05RR first debuted at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but still enough for a power to weight ratio of over 600hp/tonne and a 0-60 time of just 2.7 seconds. A feat that's been achieved thanks to an aluminium construction clad in a full carbon fibre body, which replaces the previous fibreglass panels, and a new set of 100 per cent carbon fibre wheels.

The engine has been lowered by 50mm within the car for a lower centre of gravity, while (presumably even more) track-focussed steering and suspension systems have also been implemented to provide a "masterclass in finesse and grip". Throw in the limited-slip diff (absent from the standard 05), sequential paddle shift 'box, lightweight flywheel, lighter race clutch and optional slick tyres, and the concept of a much sharper overall package starts to emerge - one which can handle up to 1.8G of lateral acceleration.

Following the car's launch at Mexico City's Race of Champions VUHL's Technical Director, Iker Echeverria, 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."

There's no official word on pricing yet, but VUHL's UK distributor, Bespoke Performance, already has a build slot listed at £95,995, a figure rather greater than the standard car's £59,995 asking price. For those interested in taking the plunge, the 05RR is now on sale worldwide now.

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