Mexico-built VUHL 05RR arrives at Goodwood with a whopping power-to-weight ratio of 600 hp per ton.
Following a teaser released earlier this month, VUHL is ready to show us a track-focused machine which actually has road-legal status. It’s basically an evolution of the standard 05 and can be best described as a hardcore version which adds power and removes weight. While the regular model has 285 horsepower from its EcoBoost 2.3-litre engine, the new 05RR develops a healthy 385 hp delivered to the wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
In terms of weight, the meaner version has gone through an extensive weight loss program and managed to shave off more than 10 percent of its total weight which now stands at just 1,410 pounds (640 kilograms, dry). Packing more punch in a lighter body, the VUHL 05RR has an astonishing power-to-weight ratio of 600 hp per ton.
Thanks to the improvements made by VUHL’s engineers, the sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) now takes 2.7 seconds, which represents a significant decrease of 0.8 seconds compared to the regular 05 model. Top speed has also increased from the previous 150 mph (241 km/h) to 160 mph (257 km/h).
It might look like a vehicle restricted to the circuit, but the 05RR is entirely street-legal which means that you’ll be able to drive it home after trashing it during a track day. You can check it out live this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where there's another similar machine, the BAC Mono with its new carbon-composite wheels and wider chassis.