Vuhl 05RR makes 600bhp-per-tonne. And is road legal

Mexican sports car maker Vuhl has launched an even more extreme version of its already pretty senior 05, the Vuhl 05RR which produces a pretty staggering 600bhp-per-tonne. That’s more than the McLaren P1 and Bugatti Veyron.

To achieve that power-to-weight ratio, the 05RR’s aluminium/carbonfibre chassis and carbon bodywork is stripped of 10% of its mass, bringing weight down to 640kg. And the 2.3-litre Ford EcoBoost engine – the same motor in the Focus RS – is turned up to 385bhp. A six-speed sequential gearbox channels the power to the back wheels.

0-62mph takes 2.7secs, about the time it takes to say ‘0-62mph takes 2.7secs’. Top speed is 160mph. A wind tunnel-developed, massive rear spoiler and rear diffuser pin the 05RR onto the road. Combined with a centre of gravity Vuhl claims is 50mm lower and a quicker steering rack, it should be fairly mind-blowing on track. Or road, for that matter, as it is fully legal.

Says Vuhl tech boss Iker Echeverria: “We’ve upgraded this car in every area to make it faster, more engaging and more aggressive.” We don’t doubt it.

The Vuhl 05RR will be in action on the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend with young British racer Jordan King at the wheel. Expect it to give vastly more powerful machinery something to think about.

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By Only Motors

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