You are looking at the first Kiwi supercar, and the four-year old company is named after New Zealand’s only F1 World Champion, Denny Hulme. The Hulme CanAm is no ordinary supercar, because it comes with an experience unlike any other.
But first, you should know what you will be getting from your £295,000 purchase. Potential customers can express their interest with a £10,000 fully refundable deposit. This deposit will then be held in a trust account “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,” said Jock Freemantle, managing director of the Auckland based firm.
When you have confirmed interest in the product (and have paid up in full I imagine), you will then be treated to a host of luxuries. Firstly, each of the 20 limited run CanAms will be customised according customer requests. They will then be flown down to New Zealand via Air New Zealand’s Business Premier along with one week of luxury accommodation, where driver fitting, the finishing touches and road testing will commence. The car is then shipped off to the destination of choice. This “free holiday” makes the purchase price a little more palatable.
The CanAm gets a 7.0-litre Chevrolet LS7 V8 which develops 600 bhp along with 600 Nm of torque channelled through a close ratio, six-speed CIMA manual gearbox. Paddle and sequential gearboxes are options.
Hulme says that the CanAm does 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds, which is helped on by the fact that the car weighs under 1,000kg. Top speed is in excess of 320 km/h.
“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,” Hulme explains.
More pictures after the jump.
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