VŪHL Says It Has Enough Orders To Put 05 Roadster Into Production [W/Video]

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By Noah JosephRSS feed

Posted Aug 23rd 2013 9:45AM

If we had a nickel for every independent sportscar project started by people we’d never heard of and that never came to fruition, well… we might actually have enough money to put one of them into production. But every once in a while we end up pleasantly surprised. And we just might be by the VŪHL 05.

The project, as you may recall, is the brainchild of a pair of Mexican brothers based in Detroit, and calls for a lightweight track car along the lines of the Ariel AtomKTM X-Bow or BAC Mono. VŪHL Automotive launched the 05 just last month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was driven up Lord March’s lawn by F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez. Its featherlike 660 kilogram (1,500-pound) curb weight is motivated by a 2.0-litre turbo four sourced from Ford and mounted amidships, driving 285 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual to the rear wheels for a claimed 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 3.7 second

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VŪHL 05 Mid-Engine Two-Seater Powerd By Ford EcoBoost Announced


It’s finally here and for the world to see. The VUHL05 will be officially introduced at next week’s Festical of Speed in Goodwood England. Below is the official sneak peak of images and specs on the car presented on Autoblog.

ACS Composite  is extremely proud to be the body manufacturer for the VUHL05. Working with the VUHL Team has been exhilarating and gratifying. We wish the team and the car great success ! It is an engineering marvel  !

Read on for details on the car.

VŪHL 05 Mid-Engine Two-Seater Powerd By Ford EcoBoost Announced

This past spring we reported on the first rumblings of a new, small performance car company starting up in Mexico, called VŪHL (which stands for “Vehicles of Ultra-lightweight and High-performance). Development of the company’s first product, the VŪHL 05 seems to be moving along nicely – we now have some images, specs and pricing information from the freshly minted automaker.

VŪHL had set out to make the 05 a car in the mold of super-lightweight track stars like the Ariel Atom andKTM X-Bow, and the design and styling seem to have hit the nail on the head. The open-top car is built on a monocoque chassis that weighs just 78 kilograms (172 pounds), and the dry weight of the full car tips the scales at just 695 kilograms (1,532 pounds). A great start.

Powering the svelte 05 is a 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which has been tuned to produce 285 horsepower and nearly 310 pound-feet of torque.


Source [Autoblog]

GM High Tech Reviews ACS Splitter and Rockers

GM High Tech Reviews ACS Splitter and Rockers

Our 2012 Chevy Camaro SS Project Adds a Front Splitter and New Side Rockers
he fifth-gen Camaro’s factory SS front-end is simply boring, at least when compared to the Z/28, ZL1, or even the 1LE. We wanted to give our 2012 SS a serious nose job, so we teamed up with the Advanced Composite Specialties (ACS) in the last issue of Camaro Now for a more aggressive, and aerodynamically altering front split

Read more: http://www.gmhightechperformance.com/camaro_now/1306_2012_chevy_camaro_ss_gets_acs_splitter_and_side_rockers/#ixzz2Wocea8KN

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ACS Congratulates VUHL, the birth of a new sports car


It’s not every day you witness the birth of a new car company, today is the first time the world hears of VUHL . A new car company to launch its road legal supercar; the 05. Inauguration will be hosted at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK July 11- 14 2013.

VUHL (which is pronounced ‘vool’ and stands for Vehicles of Ultra-lightweight and High-performance) is designed to be the ultimate track car you can drive from  home!  ACS Composite  based in Montreal, Canada, is proud to be VUHL main body panel manufacturer and is thrilled to be involved in the supercar. If you won’t be able to attend the festival be sure to keep your eyes open for news update as VUHL makes its debut.

About ACS: Advanced Composite Specialties Inc. (ACS) is an OEM composite supplier offering Automotive Component solutions. ACS has proven its mark in the automotive industry by converting and upgrading previous hand lay up projects into a high quality RTM product. By doing so it has enabled its customers to increase their product output, reduce their reject rate and increase profitability. ACS assists its customers in product development, design, engineering, manufacturing, tooling design and fabrication.

Press Release

VUHL – remember the name. It is that of a highly specialist vehicle manufacturer that’s about to sprint from the shadows. The company’s first product, the VUHL 05, is a road-legal lightweight supercar that’s been precision-engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance. It will be launched at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK, July 11-14 and bring a breath of fresh air to the premium track-day sector.

While VUHL has been a well preserved secret (until now), its inventory of renowned suppliers and development partners reads like an international who’s who of the performance car industry, and includes: Magna Steyr, Multimatic, Ford and more. Embodying the ultimate in automotive technology from around the world, the newcomer’s handling was optimised in the UK, while its bodies will be fabricated in Canada, and the chassis production and final assembly conducted by the advanced manufacturing concern Adman Leku in Mexico City. VUHL’s European arm is headquartered in Luxembourg.

VUHL (the name is pronounced ‘vool’ and stands for ‘Vehicles of Ultra- lightweight and High-performance) is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design agency, Etxe, penned the breath-taking 05. Their profound passion for all things automotive grew from a hands-on role in the GT and formula racing cars successfully built and campaigned over a 30-year period by their father, Guillermo Echeverria senior. The company’s blue-chip backers include private investors and the Mexican Government.

Said Iker: “We intend VUHL products to be renowned for their effective simplicity and aesthetics guided by a purity of function. The 05 and its successors will also be notable for uncompromising build quality, rigorous attention to detail and a driving experience par excellence.”

Further details of the exciting VUHL 05 will be released very soon – see http://www.VUHL05.com for regular updates.

Source [VUHL]

Why ACS Composite products are unlike anything else…

ACS’s history is derived from OEM experience and engineering, the company’s philosophy is to apply its knowledge and technology gained from the OEM programs and offer the same quality standard to all its product line including the aftermarket. In a nutshell the secret is RTM, Resin Transfer Molding, it is a manufacturing process where dry continuous fiberglass mat is placed in a closed female / male tool. Under pressure the mold cavity is filled with liquid catalyzed resin. Most entry level or prototype composite panels are made using chopped strand mat, a cost effective solution and favorable for hand made parts, chopped strand mats are random 1” strands of glass mats compared to the continuous mats which is indefinite and offering a very consistent and predicable mechanical property. By automating the process ACS engineers are able to control each manufacturing variable to produce a product built to match the required specifications.

How can you tell the difference?  Visually, ACS parts are smooth on both sides, and are prepped and primed. The rest is in the formulation and durability of the part. Time will tell you… It is all about the process and materials used…

ACS’s RTM process utilizes large presses and heavy tooling to ensure quality parts. ACS’s proprietary molds are computer temperature controlled for repeatability and part consistency. Average tool weight is 4-5000 lbs. Another secret, unlike typical hand laminated parts, which are made in low cost lightweight composite tools, which tend to distort and bend over time.

  • Parts are same thickness throughout, insure proper stack height and an excellent fit on the vehicle
  • Smooth finish on both sides of panel
  • Similar mechanical properties to SMC (Sheet Molding Compound)
  • Consistent glass/resin ratio content
  • Fully cured in mold
  • High filler rate for great heat distortion resistance
  • Tested for automotive glass A finish
  • No air pocket or dry spots
  • Tested for durability and show finish, will not distort under extreme heat
  • Environmentally friendly, low VOC emissions as part is cured in a closed mold

Many will say they can purchase fiberglass hoods for half the price. Just like cars, performance will vary with each model. ACS’s RTM manufacturing process has been tested and validated by both GM and Ford and can be found on some of America’s most recognizable muscle and supercars like Camaro’s and the centennial Ford GT. Unlike most aftermarket composite panels, ACS’s process has been tested to withstand High Heat and 7 yr. durability standards; a requirement for class A automotive panels.

No Gel coats are used. Gel coats are the industry’s “Band Aid”. Glossy and Shiny it is a perfect cover up for a part out of box. ACS’s parts are molded using no gel coats; this is the only way parts can be fully inspected prior to assembly and ensure our customer get a part they can enjoy for years to come.

Finally, ACS parts are the only aftermarket parts, which are prepped and primed. The final step in each ACS panel is to hand sand and prime the panels using automotive primers, a step your painter and body shop will greatly appreciate.

The next time you are shopping for Composite Panels, make sure to ask, how are the panels made. What type of standards and testing has been done to claim “quality fiberglass”, and most important what type of raw materials were used, we can proudly say our materials and labor is exclusively from America!


Geiger Cars Twin Turbo Z06 Corvette

Germany’s Geiger Cars brings its Corvette Z06 to a top-speed shoot-out in Italy, taking on the best tuners in Europe with twin-turbo, big-bore American power.

Story by Ian Kuah
Photos by the author

Each year, Continental Tires invites Europe’s top car tuners to southern Italy for its Nardo High Performance Event. The competition is simple: The team that sets the highest top speed wins. Modified Porsches have dominated the event, with other German brands usually filling up the rest of the leader board. This year, however, an American car is vying for overall honors—a Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Munich, Germany’s Geiger Cars has been specializing in American vehicles since 1979. Though it imports new and used cars and sells many of them as-is, Geiger is best known for its modified machines—and it pulled out all the stops with the Corvette it brought to Nardo. The factory “Z06 505 HP” badges on its flanks no longer tell the truth: They are pessimistic to the tune of 385 horsepower. While the Geiger Z06 Bi-Turbo’s claimed 890 bhp is bested by the 1,000 ponies of the 9ff-modified Porsche 911 Turbo, the Corvette, with its lurid Kermit-green paint scheme, is definitely the most eye-catching machine present. Will it be the fastest?

Source [http://www.corvette-magazine.com]

Be sure to check out the April issue of Corvette Magazine to find out the results ! In the meantime note the hood sitting on the beast is none others than an ACP World Challenge Hood manufactrured by ACS. Below is a video of the WC hood inner panel being robotically trimmed.

2010 ACS Camaro Splitter

Sneak peak of ACS’s new 2010 Camaro front splitter. Inspired by the Zr1’s front nose the Camaro splitter has been designed to follow the Camaro’s already aggressive lines. Splitter is made in ACS’s proprietary RTM process with a smooth finish on both sides.

Install in just a few minutes with supplied hardware and instructions. Part is shipped prepped and primed.

Part is in production and available through our distributors.


ACS to produce CDC RTM panels

ACS is proud to announce they are currently tooling the various RTM composite panels for the Group 2 CDC Challenger package. Package includes a functional RTM hood along with front fenders and rear quarter extensions. See below for CDC press release. Tooling and production images to follow.


Packages and parts exclusively available trough

Classic Design Concepts

Autoblog First Drive

Group 2 Challenger Package

Classic Design Concepts new GROUP 2 Wide Body package captures the powerful, aggressive and seductive attitude of the original 1970 SCCA Trans Am race Challengers but takes it one step beyond to create a modern street-legal extreme G-Machine.


Now you can transform your 2008-2009 Dodge Challenger into a serious one-off street machine with attitude, or an all-out race car with the ability to put serious rubber under all four corners. Our innovative Composite Flared Front Fenders, Three-Dimensional “Billboard” Quarter Panel Extensions, and Aerodynamic Front Canards add the perfect balance of styling and functionality. By adding six inches (that’s right, SIX inches!) to the width of the Challenger, the GROUP 2 Wide Body package can easily accommodate an 11.5” width rim in the rear and a 10” width rim up front. The GROUP 2 package can handle anything up to a 315-series tire. The re-arched wheel wells visibly lower the vehicle while retaining adequate ride height so you don’t have to sacrifice ride quality and handling. GROUP 2 Challenger Package Includes:

* Left and Right Composite Wide Front Fenders

* Left and Right Composite “Billboard” Wide Quarter Panel Extensions

* Left and Right Front Spoiler Canards * Left and Right Front and Rear Fenderwell Extensions * 20X10” Front and 20X11.5” Rear Forged Wheels

* Z-Rated Tires Don’t want to buy the entire package? All of the parts will be available separately so you can build your Challenger as you wish. Our Challenger GROUP 2 Wide Body Package is designed and engineered to meet or exceed O.E.M. standards and comes with a 3-year/36-month warranty. Coming soon for the 2008-2009 Dodge Challenger from Classic Design Concepts:

* Fully Functional Shaker Hood Systems * Stainless Wire Mesh Grille * Sequential Tail Lights.

Call 866-624-7997 today for more information on this and all our great restyling products for your modern Mopar!

Source [Classic Design Concepts]

Strictly Corvette 2009 Show


Just returned from the Strictly Corvette Show in Atlantic City April 18-19.  Quite a nice turn out of Corvettes. I did not make a physical count but i was under the impression C5’s were the most popular. We brought a new Zr1 window hood to the show along with a newly released ACP WC hood.

Slideshow Strictly Corvettes

Enjoy the sideshow and see you next year!



New ACS Ford GT WD Hood (Wiper Arm Delete)

History and Production

ACS (Advanced Composite Specialties) is a hood manufacturer building hoods for some of the greatest American sports cars including Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs and of course Ford’s Centennial Ford GT. The Camillo Pardo design was presented in 2002 as a prototype to celebrate Ford’s upcoming 100th anniversary… public reaction was phenomenal and to everyone’s surprise it was launched into production in 2004. Ford worked with SSV (Saleen Specialty Vehicles) and Roush in order to create the niche vehicle. The program showcased Ford’s ingenuity and engineering capability.

As production neared Ford was searching for suppliers to build components for the company’s new Pace car. The hood design being very intricate limited the manufacturing possibilities. As the launch date approached they selected to have the hood made in hand lamination. A series of molds were made and production was kicked off.

In 2005 ACS meets the Ford GT team at SSV.  Visiting the Ford GT plant was one of the most breathtaking experiences to date. Walking into a warehouse and seeing hundreds of completed Ford GT’s all waiting for its last component, the front hood, was overwhelming. With over a dozen molds and a huge staff prepping and sanding hood panels the mountain seemed too high to climb. A class A panel needs to be perfect; painting, baking, stripping, paint buffing are all labor intensive procedures. The slightest imperfection in a panel will breakthrough and cost the plant thousands of dollars and most importantly keep another Ford GT owner waiting for his life long dream.

Most aftermarket hood panels are hand laminated, the traditional and simplest of composite process. Corvettes were originally built this way and still today almost all aftermarket panels are either hand laminated or infused. The process uses an open female mold and gel coat is sprayed on. Once cured a layer of fiberglass mat is layed or chopped on. Liquid catalyzed resin is applied to soak the fiberglass. The labor intensive process requires a technician to remove any air pockets and manage the part thickness by properly distributing the glass in the mold. A slightly more sophisticated approach is to vacuum infuse the resin. Once completed the part is cured at room temperature. Once produced both parts will cosmetically look great, the quality of the composition itself is dependent on the technician’s ability.

Assembly and preparation; a good fitting hood needs to match the fenders. Proper arc and adequate stack height are critical. In order to do this, hand laminated or infused parts need to be verified for part thickness. If parts are too thick they need to be sanded and matched up. The assembly will then be sanded, primed and prepared for paint. With a gel coated part it is near impossible to inspect underneath. Small air pockets may be present, during bake or exposure to extreme heat like on a hot summer day, the air pocket will expands and cause a blister. On a production line, the deficiency is very costly, part will need to be returned to the body shop for inspection and if possible rework and repaint.

After establishing some critical specifications for ACS’s new Ford GT Hood, a timeline was set to deliver a first article matching the engineer’s specification with a 6 week tooling and testing period. The Ford GT Hood is ACS’s most complex part, weighing only 18 lbs and requiring a glass content of 40%. ACS’s proprietary RTM process was a perfect match for the GT’s requirements.

At the end of the production run, ACS delivered and ramped up production to 64 hoods a week with only one set of molds, reducing the assembly’s plant fall out rate by 80%, drastically reducing the overall cost of the hood, and most importantly improved the quality of an American Legend. Today all of ACS’s hoods are built following the exact procedures proven on the Ford’s GT and of course the 4th gen Camaro SS.

New ACS Ford GT WD (Wiper Delete) Hood (2009)

The centennial Ford GT prototype was a design marvel. It proved Ford can build a world class supercar honoring the original… The original design was kept, but like any concept car some modifications are needed in order to comply with safety regulations. Most noticeably on the GT is the rear bumper and the addition of wipers.

Car collector and enthusiast take pride in their vehicles and enjoy the possibility of personalizing their vehicles. After many request ACS is addressing Ford GT owners with a true passenger side wiper delete hood. ACS’s GT WD hood is built the exact same way as the original using the same materials and specifications; of course the wiper arm notch has been eliminated for a smooth clean look. Owners will appreciate the added visibility on the track and collectors will pride in restoring the car the way Ford designers intended.




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