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Kiwi Hulme Supercar Open for Orders – The Dream Becomes Reality

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Dave Griffith
Dave Griffith

The long held dream of a dedicated group of kiwis for New Zealand to produce a world class supercar has taken a major step today with the release of options to buy the first production run of the Hulme CanAm open top model.

Don't expect to be seeing them clogging motorways around the world though because only 20 are being made at this stage. Being unique is not limited just to the numbers though. Forget the price for now and read on and imagine yourself in the driver's seat for the Hulme CanAm buying experience.
 
Lets get the important bit of info out of the way early shall we? It is 0-100kph in under 3.5 seconds.   
 
It is the only production road car to bear the name of a F1 World Drivers Champion,
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.
 
“Deposits will be held in a Trust account”, he confirms, “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.  Following that, if anyone does not wish to proceed, the terms on which the deposit is paid will provide a guarantee that their total deposit will be returned immediately.”
 
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.
 
Those who proceed to purchase are promised an experience as unique as the Hulme CanAm itself.   Having determined the specification of their car, Hulme customers will enjoy two “Air New Zealand Business Premier” (Fully flat bed) return tickets to Auckland, New Zealand, with one-week luxury accommodation, for 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.
 
For Freemantle, the purchase offer is a significant milestone in the development of the Hulme CanAm.
 
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.
 
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 (427cu.in) 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, and top speed in excess of 200mph.
 
Despite its ultra-performance and emphatic race car credentials, the Hulme Supercars’ design and development focus has been on driveability, with power delivery and handling dynamics optimised for maximum driving enjoyment on track and on the road.
 
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 honour 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 £295,000, (plus local taxes) on receipt of an order, including delivery worldwide.
 
To purchase one of only 20 options available please e-mail Jock Freemantle at jock.f@hulmesupercars.com or write to Hulme Supercars Limited, P.O.Box 97853, Manukau City 2241, Manukau, New Zealand.
 
The final vehicle specification, customer options included in the sale price, and details of the order and payment terms, will be confirmed before the options are converted to an order. Development specifications are available now from Hulme Supercars by e-mail to jock.f@hulmesupercars.com or from Hulme Super Cars Ltd. P.O.Box 97853, Manukau City 2241, Manukau, New Zealand. and from the website. www.hulmesupercars.com.

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