Vuhl has finally launched the new production-ready high-performance version of its lightweight sports car, the 05RR – and for now, it is exclusively available to drive on Forza Motorsport 7.
The Mexican ultra-lightweight sports car firm says it is planning to roll out the 05RR for real-world drivers later in the year, but in a treat to gamers, it’s offering it to them first.
It’s coming as part of the garage in the Top Gear Car Pack update. Bosses insist the game designers have accurately carried across all details of the car, such as chassis response, handling and engine characteristics.
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Iker Echeverria is Vuhl’s technical director, and says the 05RR is the product of evolution and development of the original £60k Vuhl 05 behind the scenes.
“We have beaten all of our rivals at various track demonstrations with our latest iteration, and we really want to share this remarkable lightweight driving experience with the world.
“This is where Forza Motorsport comes in – available globally and at no extra cost, gamers have no excuse not to try the new VUHL. I hope it is enjoyed as much as we loved working on the development of the car!”
The Vuhl 05RR is powered by a 385hp 2.3-litre Ford Ecoboost engine (the same as that in the Ford Mustang) which takes it from 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds.
The car was first seen in prototype guise back in 2016; it weighs just 640kg, thanks to its carbon figure and aluminium composite structure, giving a power-to-weight ratio of well over 600hp per tonne.
It’s been a little while coming, but eager enthusiasts will soon finally be able to order the road-going trackday-special. Although gamers may not get the full real-world experience, they do both have a head-start over the real-world buyers, and are getting it for free, rather than from upwards of £90,000…