Vühl 05 sports car ready to enter production image

After its public debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, new Mexican sports car maker Vühl has just announced that following pre-orders for the lightweight sports car 05 it will soon begin limited production.

The Vühl 05 uses a 2.0-litre Ford Ecoboost engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, also from Ford, to drive the rear wheels. The transversely mounted engine sits amidships and develops 285bhp and 310lb ft. Its makers say the car is capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 3.7sec and can power on to a top speed of 152mph.

Vühl’s automotive director, Guillermo Echeverria, said: “Our aim for Goodwood was quite specific – to accrue sufficient orders for a batch of 20 ‘Edition One’ (top specification) models and, with the serious enquiries already received from the UK, central Europe, USA and Mexico, we are well on the way to achieving that and more. We’ve been asked everything from whether a coupé version is on the cards to whether the roadster will form the basis of a one-make race series. The answer is ‘watch this space’, for anything is possible.”

The Edition One models, which cost approximately £69,900, are expected to be delivered to customers in early 2014 – and at this price range the 05 will compete with models like Ariel Atom and Lotus Elise in its track focus but also with more street vehicles like the Lotus Exige S, Radical SR3 and the road-biased Porche Boxster S.