Hulme Can-Am car looks sharp in Taupo

February 4th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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The McLaren legacy remains a powerful draw-card. Kiwi Bruce McLaren was a total legend as a racing driver, engineer and team principal in his day, winning races and championships in Formula One, Indy cars and Can-Am. Ever since his passing in 1970, there has been plenty of supercars ready to lift up his mantle, the McLaren F1, Mercedes SLR, Caparo T1 even a Dodge Viper concept. Now, ready to be added to that list is the Hulme CanAm, a lightweight supercar six years in the making.

The car is named after Denny Hulme a friend of Mclarens who won the F1 title in 1967 before going on to win the Can-Am championship the following year. The pictured car is painted the same bright orange as the McLaren racer in which Hulme wom the Can-Am championship. Previously named the Hulme F1 the Hulme CanAm has had some changes in its development. Along with the name change and the addition of an open-roof model, the Hulme has received a heart transplant in the form of a 7.0-litre LS7 V8 borrowed from the Corvette Z06 to replace the previous BMW unit, giving it 600 horsepower. That’s enough to push the supercar to 100kph in less than three seconds and on to nearly320 kph. The Hulme CanAm recently underwent its first public outing at the recent A1GP race in Taupo, where it looked brilliant lapping the circuit. It is expected to hit the Global market with a $700,000 US ($1.36m NZ) price tag sometime next year.

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SkyCity Supercar show begins today

January 15th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The SkyCity Supercar show in partnership with A1GP World Cup of Motorsport opens today at the SkyCity events centre. On display is the new A1 Team New Zealand race car Black Beauty now powered by Ferrari.

The rest of the show is split out into four sections:

Luxury on Wheels – Some of the World’s most famous marques, including Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari. Highlights of this section include a Ferrari Enzo, Aston Martin DBS, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and an Audi R8. For the classic vehicle entusiasts there is Denny Hulme’s McLaren M8A Can-Am Car and a McLaren F1 LM Road Car.

Race Place – A selection of finely tuned speed machines used for circuit racing and a display on how top drivers progress from kart racing to competing with the World’s best. The highlight of this section is the new Black Beauty A1GP car.

Green Machines – A detailed insight into how today’s most energy efficent vehicles work. Models from Volkswagen, Lexus and Hyundai will be on display. The highlight is a diesel powered rally car.

Virtual Racing – Visitors can compete head to head with friends in race simulators designed to replicate the Taupo race track, venue for the NZ leg of the A1GP.

A special feature of the show is a daily seminar hosted by A1 Team New Zealand’s Data Engineer, Jonathan Moury. He will speak on aspects of race preparation, race simulation and data analysis followed by a Q&A session.

The Supercar Show is on from January 15-20, 2009.

Show Hours are Midday – 7pm weekdays, 11am – 6pm weekends.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information on the show, click here to visit the SkyCity website