Introducing the VUHL 05

Gary S. Vasilash

The VUHL 05 is the creation of two designers, two brothers, Guillermo and Iker Echeverria, whose father, Guillermo Sr., was a professional driver for 30 years.

VUHL stands for “Vehicles of Ultrahigh Performance and Lightweight,” and the VUHL 05 is certainly that, as it has a curb weight of just 725 kg (1,598 lb.), thanks to a clever approach to creating the monocoque, which tips the scales at just 78 kg (172 lb.).

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There is a three-section bonded tub made with aluminum extrusions and aluminum honeycomb. There is a chrome-moly steel subframe for the engine and rear suspension; it is bolted to the passenger cell. Then there is a three-stage forward crash structure and double-layer sidewalls.

The VUHL 05 is powered by a 285-hp Ford EcoBoost engine. The car is capable of going from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 245 kph (152 mph).

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And it looks good, too.

Said Iker Echeverria, “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.”

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