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Developed by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts – that’s the tagline for the VUHL 05, a mid-engined two-seater from Mexican company VUHL Automotive.

The brainchild of brothers Guillermo and Iker Echeverria, the 05 arrives looking to offer an alternative to the likes of the BAC Mono and Ariel Atom. It’s powered by a 2.0 litre Ford EcoBoost engine, here offering 285 hp and 420 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

With just 725 kg (695 kg, dry) to push around, it’s good enough to offer the 3.71 metre-long vehicle a 0-100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds and a 245 km/h top speed. Other figures include a 37/63 percent front/rear weight distribution.

The body is made from RTM reinforced plastic, with carbon fibre being optional material. Aerodynamic kit consists of front and lateral splitters, rear diffuser, rear spoiler and a flat underbody.

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The chassis, meanwhile, comprises a three-section bonded tub constructed from aluminium extrusions and aluminium honeycomb, and bolted directly to the passenger cell is a chrome-moly steel subframe housing the engine and rear suspension. A three-stage forward crash structure and double layer sidewalls protects the occupants.

The suspension consists of unequal length double wishbones for both the front and rear, while the brake system is made up of four-pot alloy callipers all-round, with 310 mm ventilated and cross-drilled front and 280 mm rear discs. As for wheels, the 05 rides on 17-inch OZs (and 205/45 tyres) in front and 18-inch (and 235/45 rubbers) at the rear.

Kit in the open cabin can be specified, and these include carbon bucket seats, an integral HD camera, an electronic data acquisition dash, a 330 mm quick release suede-covered steering wheel and Dinamica suede trim, the last two being water-resistant.

First deliveries of the VUHL 05 begin in spring next year, with initial sales to be confined to the US and UK, though the car is eventually set to be sold in Europe, China and the Middle East.