When it comes to exotic sports cars, it’s fair to say the Europeans have it sewn up. Marques from around the continent – Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche – are household names even to those with only a passing interest in cars, and buyers from around the world often wait years to get their hands on the latest models.
In other parts of the world, the performance car is more of a developing art. Mexico, not traditionally known as a hotbed for engineering, hit the headlines in recent years after touting its own sports car, the Mastretta MXT, and only largely due to the panning it received on Top Gear.
Not ones to be deterred, the Mexicans are back with this, the Vuhl 05.
Offically unveiled at the swanky Royal Automobile Club in London this week, the Vuhl 05 is a track focused car, which aims to take on established and talented rivals such as British Ariel Atom and BAC Mono.
It’s powered by a Ford sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that develops 285bhp. While that may be outclassed by a mid-ranking Porsche, the fact that the Vuhl weighs just 695kg means that power is used to good effect.
The roofless car will rocket from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds, providing drivers are quick enough with the six-speed manual gearbox, and it will keep on accelerating up to a credible 152mph.
While it looks something of a track refugee, the Vuhl 05 has been designed with road use in mind, and has even been tested in the UK to ensure it works properly with our unique tarmac conditions.
The Vuhl 05 starts from £55,000. Order books are open now, with the first customer cars expected for delivery early in 2014.
Rather rock a British track special? You can search for our current favourite, the Caterham Seven, here.