Mexico’s newest supercar is a major achievement for designers Guillermo and Iker Echeverría and their Mexican/American design agency, Etxe. Their new racer is a two-seater with no doors, no roof, no windshield, and an exposed roll bar, the brothers told CNN. Known as the Vuhl 05, the speedster is a throwback to the wild velocity of race cars from the 70s.
Check out the sleek and powerful Vuhl 05 below.
Inspired by the anything-goes lawlessness and limitless power of the infamous Can-Am race cars, the Vuhl 05 manages to pay its respects to the iconic racers, but without looking retro. The design combines clean lines and light curves, and focuses on function over form. Vuhl is confident that the car will age well over time, says CNN; the firm expects the 05 and its siblings to be known for their simplicity and functional aesthetics. The spare but racy car design was created in consultation with Italian design house Esiste, whose client list also includes Lamborghini, Maserati, and Ducati, among others.
Vuhl’s 05 follows the 70s spirit of mix-and-match architecture: while the chassis is Mexican, about half of the parts are British, and its body panels are from Canada. When the 05 debuted in 2013 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it presented as a lightweight street-legal supercar with 285 horsepower and 209 lb/ft of torque from a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost, and a top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph). This year, the automaker returned to the venue with its new, though familiar-looking 2017 Vuhl 05RR. Lighter and more powerful than the original, the 05RR has a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 385 horsepower and a 600-horsepower-per-ton power-to-weight ratio, reports Topspeed. Vuhl claims this performance is better than the McLaren P1, Ferrari F12 TDF, and Bugatti Veyron. The 05RR gets to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 257 km/h (160 mph), making it the “ultimate race car for the road,” according to its designers.
It’s not easy to enter the sports car market, given that the industry’s leaders have up to half a century of experience and legions of loyal fans. Many have tried to gain a foothold in the market, and have crashed and burned. A notable comparison is Mexico’s very first supercar manufacturer, Mastretta, which proudly presented its Mastretta MXT in 2012, but has since ceased production due to internal disagreements between the company’s founders and major investors. Given the sky-high stakes and potential for failure, Vuhl’s designers have no illusions about getting an easy ride, and have been working hard to make their dream car a reality. It has only been three years since the car debuted, and now the Vulh 05 and 05RR are selling on the market. The cars are made in-house by the Echeverrías’ own small manufacturer, and the plan is to produce around 25 cars per year. While this means established German, British, and Italian automakers can rest easy for now, the brothers are determined to make their mark. And they’d better be ready for a fight, as the local competition is getting straight up fiery. TopGear reports that back in 2015, a third Mexican supercar manufacturer named Inferno introduced its own 245mph supercar designed by Antonio Ferrarioli, who once worked for Lamborghini.