HULME CANAM SUPERCAR LIMITED PRODUCTION
A limited run of 20 Hulme CanAm supercars are to be sold. The 200+mph car was designed and built New Zealand, and was named in honor of New Zealand racing legend and F1 World Champion, Denny Hulme. Based in Auckland, Hulme Supercars has created the mid-engined roadster for both road and track use. An order for the CanAm can be secured by the deposit of $14000, which is fully-refundable if the option is not converted to an order.
"Deposits will be held in a Trust account", Jock Freemantle, Hulme Managing Director confirmed, "pending a private viewing and driving experience of the car at or before the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed for those who have purchased an option to order." The 20 customer cars will be coach-built and equipped to order, with delivery commencing in the autumn of 2011 and into 2012, the 20th anniversary of Denny Hulme's death. Having determined the specification of their car, Hulme customers will enjoy two Air New Zealand Business Premier return tickets to Auckland, New Zealand, with one-week luxury accommodation, their final fitting in the car and further road and circuit driving, before the car is shipped to their chosen destination.
All production cars will be numbered, with a guaranteed certificate of authenticity, and a 1/8 scale exact replica, finished in the same livery and specification, plus a full photographed dossier of the car's build. "The concept car, in coupe form, was first revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2006. Such was the interest that we conducted extensive research to assess demand, culminating in the decision to initially offer an open-top CanAm version, celebrating Hulme's victories of the "Can Am Championship" in 1968 and 1970," Freemantle said.
Development of the ultra-sleek F1-inspired CanAm car continued, with a finished prototype extensively tested on both road and track before the decision was made to accept orders.
Designed and hand-built by the Hulme Supercars technology team in New Zealand, the road-legal "Hulme CanAm" features an ultra-lightweight carbon composite tub and bodywork, and race-orientated chassis, suspension and braking.
To honor Denny's CanAm Championship wins in McLaren CanAm cars powered by Chevrolet V8s, the Hulme CanAm is powered by a 7-liter (427cu.in) Chevrolet LS7 V8 developing 600hp and 440 lb-ft torque, fed through a close-ratio, six-speed CIMA manual gearbox (Paddles or Sequential shift will be optional).
As a consequence of its lightweight construction, the Hulme CanAm weighs in at less than 2200 lb. This combination promises a sub-3.5 second sprint to 62mph, and top speed in excess of 200mph.
For Greeta Hulme, the widow of Denny - who passed away in 1992 - the announcement of the Hulme CanAm's production is warmly welcomed: "Jock Freemantle's desire to honor Denny's life with this unique car has been matched by his irrepressible enthusiasm and passion to create it. I am both proud and immensely impressed with what he and the Hulme Supercars team have achieved." The purchase price of the Hulme CanAm will be fixed at $425,000 (plus local taxes) on receipt of an order, including delivery worldwide.