New Zealand's Hulme CanAm Supercar Opens for Orders

The developers of the Hulme CanAm have announced plans to produce a limited-run of 20 units of the New Zealand-designed and built supercar, each priced at £295,000 (plus local taxes), equal to US$423,200 and €346,300 at today's exchange rates.

Named after the 1967 F1 World Champion, Denny Hulme from New Zealand, the road-legal Hulme CanAm features an ultra-lightweight carbon composite tub and bodywork, and race-orientated chassis, suspension and braking. The supercar tips the scales at 980kg / 2,160 lbs.

Power comes from a mid-mounted 7.0-litre ( Chevrolet LS7 V8 developing 600bhp and 600Nm torque, fed through a close-ratio, six-speed CIMA manual gearbox (paddles or sequential shift are optionally available).

The Kiwi-maker promises a sub-three and a half second sprint to 100km/h (62mph), and top speed in excess of 322km/h (200mph+).

According to the company, all 20 customer cars will be coach-built and equipped to customer order, with delivery commencing in the UK in Autumn of 2011 and into 2012.