A return to Goodwood timed to clash with the Brexit results, saw the Vuhl 05RR honor the 2016 theme for Full Throttle’s ‘The Endless Pursuit of Power’ with a 600 bhp/tonne special. Described as Bugatti-Veyron-fast, The Mexican sports car has received an upgraded 05RR motor, for more power and less weight. The 2.0 EcoBoost Ford ST has been switched for an EcoBoost 2.3 liter, which can produce 385 bhp. This works out at 100 bhp more than the previous model. The highly efficient engine has a 6-speed sequential gearbox, the statistics for speed are better than the Ferrari F12, McLaren P1, and the Veyron.
This update is road legal, but doesn’t sacrifice thrill factor to get that qualification. Improved aerodynamics, lightweight carbon fiber, and a lower center of gravity sculpt the Vuhl into a race-track car that impressed the crowds as much as the 05 when piloted by Esteban Gutierrez. This year, Jordan King plans to go even faster as one of the star attractions at Goodwood’s Michelin Supercar Paddock.
The British GP2 challenger and Manor Racing F1 reserve driver will have 25% more power behind him, teamed with Michelin Cup 2 tires and an aero package including a rear wing stretching across the back and diffuser strakes (F1-inspired). These were tested extensively in wind tunnel development at IRA by Collins LTD. “Road-registered but track-focused,” the creators have dubbed the model, the VUHL 05RR’s aforementioned carbon fiber bodywork and a hybrid aluminum-carbon monocoque were major contributors to the vehicle’s weight dropping more than 10%. The track-focused sports car is only 640 kg dry.
Zero to 100 kph in barely 2.7 seconds is just the beginning, the Vuhl accelerated to 257 kph. This may not be astonishing but for a car with no roof, that would feel brisk! Jordan King describes the racer himself: “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’s Technical Director marks the Goodwood Festival of Speed as a Mecca for performance car aficionados, and states that it is 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,” he says. VUHL cars are currently sold in the UK through Bespoke Performance, who will be cheering the VUHL on at Goodwood and welcoming visitors for the four days of the 2016 festival.
Molded and manufactured in Queretaro, the niche car maker began to distribute the first units off the production line in July of 2015. The first owner of an 05 was a car collector whose collection “would not be complete without the Vuhl.” Today, a mere 12 months into official sales, the newest vehicle rolled out has done exactly what the creative team at Vuhl set out to do: to make something fast, and unique.