VUHL, the lightweight supercar maker is proud to partner the Race Of Champions at Marlins Park in Miami on 21-22 January 2017. The partnership will enable the world’s best drivers including Jenson Button, Travis Pastrana, Petter Solberg and last year’s Champion Of Champions Sebastian Vettel to take on the challenging circuit in the new VUHL 05 ROC Edition supercar.
The annual Race Of Champions event brings together the world’s finest drivers from all the disciplines of competition – on four wheels and two – and sets them free to battle, head-to-head, on the very same track. The VUHL 05 ROC Edition boasts all of the prerequisites required for the unique Race Of Champions track layout.
The Michelin-shod VUHL 05 ROC Edition has impeccable acceleration getting it off the start line to 60mph in 3.2 seconds, owed largely to its supremely light weight. The chassis encompasses an ultra lightweight body with a carbon fibre and aluminium combination structure in the monocoque creating a reliable safety cell all weighing just 675kg. The VUHL 05 ROC Edition is powered by the award-winning two-litre Ford EcoBoost powerplant. This, aligned with the powerfully responsive Alcon brakes and all-new bespoke full-carbon BST wheels, will allow drivers to push the powerful car to the absolute limit of adhesion.
The exclusive carbon fibre wheels are bespoke to the VUHL 05 ROC Edition provided by Blackstone Tek (BST). Weighing in at 4.5kg for the 17” wheels, designed in Turin by Esiste and TUV approved, they are the lightest carbon wheel on the market, which are now available on sale.
The VUHL 05 ROC Edition has been specially modified and tested exhaustively in the run-up to the Race Of Champions to ensure the finest drivers in the world experience all of the car’s capability around the challenging tight and twisty circuit. The bespoke rear wing will provide maximum downforce whilst the limited slip-differential will demand respect from the drivers. The car has been put through its paces by the Race Of Champions Official Stunt & Test Driver Terry Grant who has developed the brakes, suspension and quickened the steering rack and ergonomics on the Momo racing steering wheel in all of the VUHL 05 ROC Edition’s that will compete in Marlins Park.
All of the VUHL cars competing will have a white, orange and black colour scheme and will be adorned with the Race Of Champions livery. Ten Limited Edition Race Of Champions-spec VUHL 05 ROC Edition’s will go on sale shortly after the event in Miami.
Alongside introducing 05 ROC Edition to the world’s best drivers, VUHL are proud to announce the launch of a dedicated website in America – VUHL 05. US – where prospective customers can access news and information on cars in addition to sales advice.
VUHL co-founder Guillermo Echeverria said: “This announcement concludes a highly successful year for VUHL. We are tremendously proud to start 2017 in fashion by having the world’s best racers drive our car around the challenging Race Of Champions circuit in Miami. This is another amazing milestone for VUHL and we can’t wait to excite fans in the stadium and around the world.”
Terry Grant, the Race Of Champions Official Stunt & Test Driver, said: “This two-seater, full carbon fibre sports car makes it ideal for the tight twisty track in Miami for the Race of Champions.
“The Race Of Champions demands a car that is fast and dynamic and the mid-engined VUHL 05 ROC Edition is highly dynamic which is perfect for the world’s best drivers to handle. The track requires a car which can hold its own with the rear hanging out for the tight and twisty circuit and has speed off the line. The VUHL 05 ROC Edition goes from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and definitely gets my thumbs up. This very fun car will entertain the fans in the US and across the globe.”