New Zealand is better known for having 13 times more sheep, about 47.2 million to be precise, than people and not for its supercars, but the Hulme CanAm intends to change all that.
Just 20 of the $427,000 ( local taxes) cars will be built and orders – accompanied by a returnable $14,500 – are now being taken with cars due to be delivered in 2011-2012 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Denny Hulme's death. Hulme, of course, was World F1 Champion back in 1967.
Inspired by the McLaren CanAm cars Hulme raced so successfully it is 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 honor Denny's CanAm Championship wins in McLaren CanAm cars it's powered by a 7-liter (427cu.in) Chevrolet LS7 V-8 developing 600 bhp and 442 lbs.-ft. torque, fed through a close-ratio, six-speed CIMA manual gearbox (paddles or sequential shift will be options). As a consequence of its lightweight construction, the Hulme CanAm weighs in at less than 2200 lbs. This combination promises a sub-three and a half second sprint to 62 mph, and a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
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."
To purchase one of only 20 options available, e-mail Jock Freemantle ator write to Hulme Supercars Limited, P.O.Box97853, Manukau City2241, 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 toor from the Hulme Supercars Limited website, .