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Mexican supercar unveiled in England

Bodies for the VUHL 05 supercar will be fabricated in Canada

Published: July 3, 2013, 3:15 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:08 PM

VUHL 05 supercar

There's another new entry in the supercar market and it's coming from Mexico, by way of Canada.

The VUHL 05 lightweight supercar was revealed to an exclusive audience at the Royal Automobile Club in London, England for the first time today.

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VUHL (pronounced ‘vool’ and standing for Vehicles of Ultra High-performance and Lightweight) is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design company is responsible for its design.

The brothers come by their automotive passion naturally, having played hands-on roles with the racing cars built and campaigned by their father, Guillermo Echeverria senior, for 30 years.

Backed by a number of blue-chip companies and the Mexican Government, and with an inventory of renowned suppliers and development partners that includes Ford, Multimatic and Michelin, the VUHL 05 is said to have been engineered for the track but endowed with exhilarating performance for on-the-road service as well.

Design Director, Iker Echeverria noted that the VUHL 05 will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week (July 11-14), where it will run in the ‘First Glance’ class as part of the Michelin Supercar Run.

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It will be piloted on the Friday and Saturday by British driver, Duncan Tappy, and on Sunday by Mexican F1 rookie Esteban Gutiérrez, who is a works driver for the Sauber team.

The Echeverria brothers and VUHL Automotive co-founder, Alberto Chapa unveiled the new car in front of an audience that included motorsport VIPs Sir Stirling Moss and Tim Keown, chairman of the FIA Foundation, as well as other invited guests and media.

"The enthusiasm with which it has been received at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club today marks an excellent start for VUHL Automotive’s new venture, and will help put this new supercar firmly on the map ahead of the first deliveries next year," said Ambassador Alejandro Estivill, Chargé d’Affairs of the Mexican Embassy to the United Kingdom, following the unveiling.

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Preliminary tuning of the 05’s handling has been conducted in the UK and further testing and development is scheduled to take place, with assistance from Michelin later this year, both in the U.S. and Europe.

Bodies for the VUHL 05 will be fabricated in Canada, and Multimatic, of Markham, Ontario, did the vehicle dynamics and ride/handling development work. Chassis production and final assembly will be conducted by the advanced manufacturing concern, Adman Leku in Mexico City.

Production is scheduled to begin this November, with the first deliveries in the spring of 2014.