The Mexican-built Vuhl 05 supercar will enter production from November, as a direct result of interest generated at its public debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Seen at Goodwood tackling the event’s iconic 1.87km-hillclimb with Mexican Formula One rookie Esteban Gutierrez at the wheel (pictured top), the Vuhl 05 made a “sufficient” start to the company’s goal of accruing 20 orders for its top-spec ‘Edition One’ model.

Vuhl director Guillermo Echeverria said with the serious enquiries already received from the UK, central Europe, USA and Mexico, production will commence from November with first deliveries planned for March 2014.

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“We could not have wished for a better response,” Echeverria said.

“It is clear the car is just as appealing to those wanting an ultra-cool car for the road as the serious track-day enthusiasts seeking an alternative to the offerings of more established manufacturers.”

Asked whether the roadster would be joined by a coupe version in future, or if the car could lead to a one-make race series, Echeverria only replied, “The answer is ‘watch this space’, for anything is possible.”

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Combing a 213kW/420Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine and a six-speed manual transmission, the 725kg rear-wheel drive Vuhl 05 claims 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 245km/h.

Created by brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, the Vuhl 05 program is funded by both the Mexican Government and private enterprise.

To be sold initially in the UK and North America priced from £55,000 ($95,000), the supercar’s next public appearance is planned for the Salon Prive in London on September 4.

  • Fairlane

    So Mexico can now build a supercar with gv funding but in Australia we have people who cheer on the death of the Australian car industry.
    Some Australians really S_ck

    • cv

      Don’t forget two things, 1. Holden, Ford and Toyota are foreign owned companies. People probably would be more supportive if we had a genuine Aussie car industry. 2. Our govt is giving them cash for nothing in return. The government should at least get some equity for that, but there are no checks or balances on where the money has and is going.

      • Fairlane

        They are multinationals ,country of origin does not apply in the world now.
        2. That money kept Australians in jobs that’s the point of gov funding

        • gone

          Please, what other country subsidizes another country’s multinational? Does that mean whenever a multinational pulls out of Australia the govt should bride them to stay? No! Ford and Holden are building cars that aren’t popular, and their foreign parents want to end production in Australia. If we are going to bail out failing businesses, at least bail out Aussie owned businesses.

          • Karl Sass

            “what other country subsidizes another country’s multinational”

            Virtually every other car producing country in the world! Do you realise they sort of incentives the Thai government is giving out to get Australian component suppliers to move there? Have look at the Factcheck part of theconversation dot com which had this result with Kim Carr stating our subsidies are modest

            “Carr is correct: by international standards, annual assistance to the Australian automotive industry is relatively modest in raw dollar and per capita terms.”

          • Phil

            You can’t be serious. Germany provides funds to Opel despite them being a GM subsidiary, the UK funds everyone from Ford to Honda, even the US provided billions in subsidies to foreign owned carmakers. Holden was 2nd overall and the Commodore 4th in sales last year, that’s hardly unpopular.

            A specialist carmaker like Vuhl getting govt funding isn’t significant. It would be like Elfin getting a govt grant here, a big deal for them, but insignificant in the overall economy. They will only make a handful of cars. At those prices, that’s all they will sell. In the UK a Caterham costs less, in the US a Corvette is just as quick and much more practical.

          • Gone

            Wow I didn’t know everything was so peachy at Holden. Maybe they don’t need your tax dollars after all

          • $29896495

            I still believe if the gov wanted they could fire up that Ford plant and produce an Aussie car, once Ford go. (Also suggested to someone close to Musk that the Asian Tesla plant should be in the old Ford plant) Now if CA would get on the horn and start talking about rumours of them opening up down here we might just get this idea through.

  • m1n1s1n

    Put a roof on this bad boy, then we’ll talk

    • Edward

      I second that. Even with those looks it just reminds me of Mario-kart at the moment