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Trevor Collett | Jul, 04 2013 | 0 Comments

Details of Vuhl’s 05 supercar have emerged as the Mexican carmaker prepares to launch the car at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Vuhl describes the 05 as “a road-legal lightweight supercar, precision-engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance”.

The Vuhl 05 is an open-topped sports model with two seats, built on a monocoque chassis made from aluminium weighing an impressively low 78kg. Overall, the car’s dry weight is just 695kg.

Power comes from a Ford-sourced 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine; the same unit that propels the Ford Focus ST.

However, Vuhl has tuned the engine to produce around 212kW of power and 420Nm of torque, compared with 184kW and 340-360Nm for the Focus ST.

The 05 has unequal length double wishbone suspension for both front and rear along with four-pot caliper brakes with 310mm ventilated cross-drilled discs at the front and 280mm discs at the rear.

Front wheels are 17 inch in diameter with the rear getting larger 18 inch wheels.

Vuhl claims the 05 can cover 0-100km/h is just 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 245km/h. The car has been compared to the likes of the Ariel Atom, BAC Mono and the KTM X-Bow.

The 05’s price tag starts from around AU$93,000, with first deliveries expected in early-to-mid 2014.

The car isn’t expected to arrive in Australia in any official capacity, with sales only planned for the UK and North American markets to begin with, possibly expanding into European, Middle-Eastern and Chinese markets in the future.

As for the idea of a supercar built in Mexico, Ferrari North America boss Marco Mattiacci recently announced that he believes “Mexico is the next China”.

If he’s correct, we may see many more Mexican-badged cars in the not-too-distant future.

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