Top Gear to Film Hulme Supercar

Top Gear to Film Hulme Supercar

Rather than filming a segment about destroying something (think Toyota Hilux, caravans, etc), Top Gear is coming to New Zealand to film the creation of something: the Hulme supercar.

You may have seen our review of the Hulme CanAm here (includes gallery), so we have already experienced what the Stig might eventually get to do a power lap in. Of course, that’s a big ‘potentially’, because the Hulme isn’t a production car yet and the idea is that Top Gear gets involved on a long-term basis to evaluate and advice of any changes they belive would ensure the Hulme is both a superb supercar and a driving experience fit for his Stigness.

To compete with the likes of Pagani and Bugatti is a bit of an ask for a small New Zealand company, and Managing Director, Jock Freemantle, is concerned the project may leave the shores of New Zealand and be snapped up by overseas investors. He’s looking for 700 Kiwis to invest $3000 each by June 30 to keep the project in NZ.

“Kiwis are renowned for our ingenuity and spirit but too often we lose out to global corporations taking our ideas and shifting the production out of the country. Let’s keep the jobs and the dreams alive here in New Zealand.” says Freemantle. Global interest spawned by the likes of Top Gear might have some positive benefits for New Zealand’s economy – one that already sees a great deal of classic car restoration and race car tuning and preparation performed here because of the cheaper rates and the excellent quality. If Freemantle can find 700 willing Kiwis to part with their hard-earned he would pass the ultimate test of ingenuity and spirit.

Rather than filming a segment about destroying something (think Toyota Hilux, caravans, etc), Top Gear is coming to New Zealand to film the creation of something: the Hulme supercar.

You may have seen our review of the Hulme CanAm here (includes gallery), so we have already experienced what the Stig might eventually get to do a power lap in. Of course, that’s a big ‘potentially’, because the Hulme isn’t a production car yet and the idea is that Top Gear gets involved on a long-term basis to evaluate and advice of any changes they belive would ensure the Hulme is both a superb supercar and a driving experience fit for his Stigness.

To compete with the likes of Pagani and Bugatti is a bit of an ask for a small New Zealand company, and Managing Director, Jock Freemantle, is concerned the project may leave the shores of New Zealand and be snapped up by overseas investors. He’s looking for 700 Kiwis to invest $3000 each by June 30 to keep the project in NZ.

“Kiwis are renowned for our ingenuity and spirit but too often we lose out to global corporations taking our ideas and shifting the production out of the country. Let’s keep the jobs and the dreams alive here in New Zealand.” says Freemantle. Global interest spawned by the likes of Top Gear might have some positive benefits for New Zealand’s economy – one that already sees a great deal of classic car restoration and race car tuning and preparation performed here because of the cheaper rates and the excellent quality. If Freemantle can find 700 willing Kiwis to part with their hard-earned he would pass the ultimate test of ingenuity and spirit.

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