After a successful driving debut at last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, kiwi carmaker Hulme Supercars has announced it will be taking orders and pushing ahead with production of its Hulme F1.
The Hulme CanAm was one of only 55 invited supercars on display at the prestigious event held on the country estate of Lord March. Paul Radisich, double World Touring Car Champion, drove it up the famous Goodwood Hill in front of thousands of spectators.
After receiving interest from potential customers and experts in the Supercar industry, the decision was made to build the Hulme F1 – the hard top concept first displayed at Goodwood back in 2006.
Hulme Supercars is looking to get the car classed as a limited-production vehicle in Europe which means the supercar could be sold freely across the continent.
The Hulme supercar is named in honour of Denny Hulme, New Zealand’s only Formula One World Champion and double CanAm Champion. It’s designed to give a driving experience as close to a Formula One car as is possible for a road legal vehicle.
To achieve this difficult feat the Hulme F1 weighs just 1080kg using an advanecd carbon/titanium/kevlar composite chassis and composite body panels. The Hulme F1 also features a F1 style high down force generating aero package with push-rod suspension to provide superior road holding, handling and ride comfort.
The F1 will be powered by a supercharged, 700 HP, Chevy V8, developed with the help of the famous engine builders “Nicholson McLaren” owned in part by Bruce McLaren’s engine man from the 60’s and 70’s – John Nicholson. The production car should sprint from 0-100km/h in around 3.5 seconds.
Hulme Supercars are accepting “Options to Purchase” agreements for the balance of the limited, first years production, (Car # 1 has been reserved) with deliveries starting in late 2012.