Hulme Supercars sending F1 concept into limited production

August 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

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. Continue reading “Hulme Supercars sending F1 concept into limited production” »

Can-Am Spyder Experience returns to New Zealand

February 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Spyder Experience travelling road show offers motoring enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a lengthy test ride on the unique, three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder, and it returns to New Zealand in March and April.

The Spyder roadster looks like a three-wheeled, Y-configuration motorcycle with two wheels in the front and one in the rear.

“A Spyder is a fantastic machine for those who have always liked the idea of open road touring on a motorbike but, for whatever reason, don’t like the way bikes need to be leaned into corners,” says Richard Shaw, New Zealand manager for Can-Am Spyder manufacturers Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP).

“The Spyder delivers a totally different riding sensation. It has a more stable ride with its ATV-like chassis with the single rear driving wheel and two wheels in front for steering. With its 990cc V-Twin Rotax engine, ABS and power-steering, the Spyder is powerful and sophisticated to ride.”

Shaw notes: “The Spyder Experience is a great way for people to try out a Spyder in a friendly, helpful environment. Even if you have no motorbike riding experience, don’t worry. With a short period of tuition anyone can safely ride a Spyder – they are different, but not difficult to master – and we’ll cover some of the technical details that make the Spyder so special. After our group ride around a mix of urban and open roads, we’ll return to base to enjoy a coffee and share your thoughts about your Spyder ride.” Continue reading “Can-Am Spyder Experience returns to New Zealand” »

Hulme CanAm launch – Bear 1

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Launch in Auckland, New Zealand of the road-going version on 30 May 09


Formula 1 design exhibition on at Te Papa

July 13th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

There’s a special focus on automotive design on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August, in association with the Formula One — The Great Design Race exhibition held at Wellington’s Te Papa Museum – www.tepapa.govt.nz/f1

The Hulme CanAm ‘Bear 1’ and a Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) will take pride of place in Wellington Foyer, Level 2, all weekend. On Sunday, chief designer Tony Parker of Massey University, and Head of Hulme Supercars Jock Freemantle will give an informative talk about the design of ‘Bear 1’, and the students of Auckland University will give visitors the lowdown on the design of their FSAE car, and how they’re gearing up for this year’s global competition.

Joining them will be motorsport designer David Lovegrove and engineer Craig Russell for expert floortalks in the Formula One â„¢ — The Great Design Race exhibition (entry charges apply).  David Lovegrove has over 17 years experience in innovation and design.  He worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer for the Tyrrell Racing Organisation from August 1997—May 1998, where he was responsible for bodywork design and regulatory compliance, and the main interface between the Aerodynamics Department and Design Department. Craig Russell has been involved in motorsport engineering for over 20 years. He has worked in New Zealand and overseas with a wide variety of motorsport classes, including both saloon and single seaters for Formula 3 and Formula 1.

On Saturday, there’s an F1 design panel discussion at The Marae, offering a rare chance to hear some of the top designers and commentators candidly discussing their views on F1 technological developments and design rules. David Lovegrove and Craig Russell will be joined by motorsport commentator Bob McMurray and designer Tony Parker for this enlightening discussion.

The popular BA Racer simulators are back in Wellington Foyer, along with some of Kartsport New Zealand’s brand-new racing karts — and you can even enter a draw to win a ‘have a go’ ride at your local track! Visitors can get their hands dirty while experiencing the UCOL pit experience out in the Amphitheatre, Level 1, and the kids can design their own racing car and enter into Te Papa’s F1 design competition after getting tips from design experts.

The Constructors Car Club will be out on the Plaza with an array of unique sports cars and replicas, including a 1959 F1 Ferrari Dino 246. The constructors will be on hand to talk to visitors about their cars.

If you’re interesting in heading along, below is a schedule of how the weekend will break down:
SATURDAY 15 AUGUST

B A Racer simulators
Jump in the driver’s seat and experience the thrill of an F1 car at top speed!
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 10am-6pm, free entry.

F1 design competition
Kids of all ages — design your very own racing car! Enter it in our competition and you could win a prize for your age group.
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 10am—6pm, free entry.

Designer cars in the Foyer
View two innovative cars — the Hulme CanAm ‘Bear 1’ and a Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) car — and meet the teams who designed them.
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 10am—6pm, free entry.

Karts in the Foyer
Check out some brand-new racing karts, and go in the draw to win a ‘have a go’ ride at your local track!
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 10am—4pm, free entry.

Constructors Car Club
Check out the array of unique sports racing cars and replicas, and chat to the enthusiasts from the Constructors Car Club who built them.
Te Papa Plaza, outside the entrance | 10am—4pm, free entry.

UCOL pit crew experience
Check out the racing pit being set up at Te Papa by the Universal College of Learning (UCOL). Then get your hands dirty and experience being part of the team!
The Amphitheatre, outside Te Papa Cafe, Level 1 | 11am—4pm, free entry.

Expert floortalks
Join a motorsport designer and an engineer and get the inside info on how F1 designs of the past have shaped the cars of today.
Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 4 | 11am—12 noon, admission charges apply.

Expert tips for young F1 designers!
Kids, hear from the experts about the features of a Formula One car, and take away tips to help you win our weekend design competition!
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 12.30pm—1.30pm, free entry.

The issues of F1 design — panel discussion
Find out how the elements of F1 design have evolved, and hear expert views on technology, design rules, and other topical issues in the sport today.
The Marae, Level 4 | 2.30pm—3.30pm, free entry.
SUNDAY 16 AUGUST

B A Racer simulators
Jump in the driver’s seat and experience the thrill of an F1 car at top speed!
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 10am—6pm, free entry.

F1 design competition
Kids of all ages — design your very own racing car! Enter it in our competition and you could win a prize for your age group.
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 10am—6pm, free entry.

Designer cars in the Foyer
View two innovative cars — the Hulme CanAm ‘Bear 1’ and a Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) car — and meet the teams who designed them.
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 10am—6pm, free entry.

Karts in the Foyer
Check out some brand-new racing karts, and go in the draw to win a ‘have a go’ ride at your local track!
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 10am—4pm, free entry.

Constructors Car Club
Check out the array of unique sports racing cars and replicas, and chat to the enthusiasts from the Constructors Car Club who built them.
Te Papa Plaza, outside the entrance | 10am—4pm, free entry.

UCOL pit crew experience
Check out the racing pit being set up at Te Papa by the Universal College of Learning (UCOL). Then get your hands dirty and experience being part of the team!
The Amphitheatre, outside Te Papa Cafe, Level 1 | 11am—4pm, free entry.

Expert floortalks
Join a motorsport designer and an engineer and get the inside info on how F1 designs of the past have shaped the cars of today.
Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 4 | 11am—12 noon, admission charges apply.

Hulme CanAm supercar — expert talk
Get the lowdown on this high-performance road car from chief designer Tony Parker of Massey University and the Head of Hulme Supercars Jock Freemantle.
Wellington Foyer, Level 2 | 12.30pm—1.15pm, free entry.

Student racing-car designers take on the world
Hear how Auckland University students have designed and built small Formula Oneâ„¢-style racing cars, and how they’re gearing up for this year’s global competition!
Soundings Theatre, Level 2 | 1.30pm—2.30pm, free entry.

Trio at the Top (2001) documentary
An engrossing documentary showcasing the achievements of New Zealand’s three greatest F1 drivers.
Soundings Theatre, Level 2 | 3pm—4.30pm, free entry.

Hulme Can Am supercar – new motor offered

February 18th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Hulme Can-Am fq

Hulme Supercars director Jock Freemantle had to mortgage his house to finance the development of the Kiwi made Hulme Can Am car (read news item), and the launch date has already been pushed back several times. But Freemantle won’t be backed down, and has already announced future variants of the homegrown Can Am. The car will be offered in both closed-roof and open-air versions with a Corvette Z06-sourced V8 replacing the previous BMW unit.

Now, an additional version will follow close behind the launch of the Can Am featuring a higher-spec powerplant in the form of the supercharged LS9 V8 from the fire-breathing Corvette ZR1. In a lightweight package with nimble handling the 640-hp motor promises to return dramatic performance figures. At a rumoured price of $1.36m NZ, it is only fitting that this toy for the mega wealthy come in two available speeds, crazy-fast and stupid-fast.

Check back for more news on the progress of the Hulme Can Am.

Hulme Can-Am car looks sharp in Taupo

February 4th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

hulme-canam-fq

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.

Till then check back for more updates and browse the images below