Mexico-built VUHL 05RR arrives at Goodwood with a whopping power-to-weight ratio of 600 hp per ton.
Following a teaser released earlier this month, VUHL is ready to show us a track-focused machine which actually has road-legal status. It’s basically an evolution of the standard 05 and can be best described as a hardcore version which adds power and removes weight. While the regular model has 285 horsepower (212 kilowatts) from its EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine, the new 05RR develops a healthy 385 hp (287 kW) delivered to the wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
In terms of weight, the meaner version has gone through an extensive weight loss program and managed to shave off more than 10 percent of its total weight which now stands at just 1,410 pounds (640 kilograms, dry). Packing more punch in a lighter body, the VUHL 05RR has an astonishing power-to-weight ratio of 600 hp per ton.
Thanks to the improvements made by VUHL’s engineers, the sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) now takes 2.7 second which represents a significant decrease of 0.8 seconds compared to the regular 05 model. Top speed has also increased from the previous 150 mph (241 kph) to 160 mph (257 kph).
It might look like a vehicle restricted to the circuit, but the 05RR is entirely street-legal which means that you’ll be able to drive it home after trashing it during a track day. You can check it out live this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where there's another similar machine, the BAC Mono with its new carbon-composite wheels and wider chassis.
600BHP-PER-TONNE VUHL 05RR MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT FESTIVAL OF SPEED
- VUHL returns to Goodwood to honour 2016 theme ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’ with 600BHP-Per-Tonne special
- Upgraded 05RR packs more power and less weight
- Ultimate road-legal track car boasts improved aerodynamics and thrill factor
The VUHL 05RR, Mexico’s most exhilarating export and precision-engineered lightweight supercar, takes to Lord March’s drive this weekend to make its world debut.
The previous incarnation of the 05 wowed the crowds at the Festival of Speed two years ago with F1 racer Esteban Gutierrez at the wheel. With reduced weight and 25 percent more power under his right foot, British GP2 challenger and Manor Racing F1 reserve driver Jordan King plans to go even faster on Friday.
VUHL will be starring in Goodwood’s Michelin Supercar Paddock, parked on the phenomenal Michelin Cup 2 tyres that wrap its ultra-lightweight carbon fibre wheels. Between them and the 05RR’s revised aero package, which includes a full-width rear wing and F1-inspired diffuser strakes, following extensive wind tunnel development at MIRA, by Collins LTD. Road-registered but track-focused, the VUHL 05RR comes with full carbon fibre bodywork and a hybrid aluminium-carbon monocoque to trim its already low weight by over 10 percent to 640kg dry. Its highly efficient 2.3l Ecoboost engine, with 6-speed sequential gearbox, produces 385 horsepower, marking a gain of 100bhp over the original VUHL 05. The resulting 600bhp-per-tonne statistic is greater than the Ferrari F12 tdf, McLaren P1 and Bugatti Veyron.
Zero to 62mph arrives in 2.7 seconds and it keeps climbing to 160mph. A lowered centre of gravity of 50mm and high speed steering rack result in the ultimate race car for the road.
Jordan King said: “There’s usually a big difference between what people consider a supercar and what is a proper racing car. I’m really excited to drive the Vuhl 05RR because it has the perfect recipe: lightweight to the core, huge power-to-weight, and it looks incredible. Goodwood is going to be a tonne of fun.”
Iker Echeverria, VUHL Technical Director: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a Mecca for performance car aficionados and the perfect place to reveal the stunning new 05RR. We’ve upgraded this car in every area to make it faster, more engaging and more aggressive.”
VUHL cars are sold in the UK through Bespoke Performance (www.bespokeperformance.co.uk) based in Ware, Hertfordshire. They will be supporting VUHL at Goodwood and welcoming visitors across all four days of the 2016 Festival of Speed.