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New Zealand Launches A Rocket. The $427,000 Hulme CanAm Supercar.

It's no Tramontana R Edition supercar but this is one fast Kiwi.

The Auckland based Supercar developer-manufacturer, Hulme Supercars, has launched an extremely limited production run of the eagerly-awaited 200+mph Hulme CanAm Supercar. Just 20 of sexy supercars are being offered, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 20 cars are built-to-order and those who purchase the supercar also get two “Air New Zealand Business Premier” (Fully flat bed) tickets to Auckland, New Zealand, one-week luxury accommodations for their final fitting in the car, and experience further road and circuit driving before the car is shipped to their chosen destination.

The cars will be numbered and come with a 1/8 scale exact replica, finished in the same livery and specification, plus a full photographed dossier of the car’s build.

The only production road car to bear the name of a F1 World Champion (Denny Hulme), The Hulme CanAm is an ultra high-performance, mid-engined roadster. Created for both road and track use, the car blends the raw flavour and appeal of a Formula racing car with dramatic design, superb craftsmanship, exceptional performance and a thrilling and achievable driving experience.

An order for the CanAm will be secured by the deposit of £10,000 which, as Jock Freemantle, Hulme Managing Director, explains, is fully-refundable if the option is not converted to an order.

The 20 customer cars will be coach-built and equipped to customer order, with delivery commencing in the UK Autumn of 2011 and into 2012, the 20th anniversary of Denny Hulme’s death.

The concept car, in coupe form, was first revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2006. Such was the interest that Hulme Supercars 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.

Some of the concept drawings:

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 - including members who were responsible for the nation’s America’s Cup triumphs - the road-legal “Hulme CanAm” features an ultra-lightweight carbon composite tub and bodywork, and race-orientated chassis, suspension and braking.

To honour Denny’s “CanAm Championship” wins in McLaren CanAm cars powered by Chevrolet V8’s, the Hulme CanAm is powered by a 7-litre ( Chevrolet LS7 V8 developing 600bhp and 600Nm torque, fed through a close-ratio, six-speed CIMA manual gearbox (Paddles or Sequential shift will be options available). As a consequence of its lightweight construction, the Hulme CanAm weighs in at less than 1,000kg. This combination promises a sub-three an a half second sprint to 100kph (62 mph), and top speed in excess of 200mph.

The purchase price of the Hulme CanAm will be fixed at $427,000. USD or £295,000. (plus local taxes) on receipt of an order, including delivery worldwide.

The following images are courtesy of the April 21010 issue of Classic Driver magazine with photos by Alan Dick:

To purchase one of only 20 options available please e-mail Jock Freemantle or write to Hulme Supercars Limited, P.O.Box 97853, Manukau City 2241, Manukau, New Zealand.

all info and images courtesy of Hulme. and Classic Driver

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