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” »
May 31st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
New Zealand’s only supercar the Hulme CanAm has just been confirmed for display and a demonstration at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed event in the UK. Lord March extended a invitation to Hulme Supercars to bring its CanAm Spyder which will be one of just 55 invited supercars on display. It will also be the first Australasian designed and built supercar to be driven on the famous Goodwood hill-climb track.
The Hulme CanAm Spyder has been named in honour of Denny Hulme, New Zealand’s only Formula One World Champion and double CanAm Champion. It’s exclusive with only 20 examples to be built and is designed to give the driver an experience as close as possible, to driving a Formula One car legally on the road. Tipping the scales at just 980kg the CanAm uses high-tech carbon/titanium/kevlar composite chassis and composite body panels. It also features F1 styled down force generating aero package and push-rod suspension to provide superior road holding, handling and ride comfort. Continue reading “Hulme CanAm invited to hill climb at Goodwood Festival” »
April 21st, 2011 by Tim Grimley
For those of you who have been holidaying on Mars for the last few weeks, there have been a lot of column inches devoted to the fact that Mr Key and his National friends at the beehive decided to treat the nation to a rather flash set of new BMWs.
This was a decision which clearly angered the proletariat, because there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from people furious that the government would be wafting around in the lap of luxury while the rest of us could no longer afford petrol. Or milk. However like all media storms, this one seemed to have taken its particular tea cup off the front pages and I suspected that it was never to be seen again.
But I’d reckoned without the tenacity of Labour’s Internal Affairs Spokesperson Chris Hipkins, who sprung up last week and launched a fresh tirade because one of our new fleet has been fitted with a $1000 heated seat upgrade to stop JK and his cronies getting chilly posteriors. Now this is news, because when it comes to the general election later in the year, this seemingly trivial matter highlights a much bigger issue that could cause people to seriously question where to place their vote.
Hot seats could help NZ into the driving seat
Labour, it seems, is happy to employ a complete idiot as Internal Affairs Spokesperson.
Only a gibbering buffoon would think that these cars are being bought for the benefit of the government. Sure, the majority of their mileage may come from ferrying our politicians about, but the primary task is to provide a cosseting and upmarket travel experience when foreign dignitaries come to town.
And it’s very important to realise that these people are not Kiwis. They will not look at second rate hospitality and think that we are good fellas for doing a bit of prudent belt-tightening. These are people at the top of their tree for either economic, business or political reasons and they want to be treated as such. They want their hotels to come with five stars, their dinner to be cooked by a celebrity chef and on frosty mornings they want to know that their buttocks will be kept at an agreeably toasty temperature on long journeys. Show them a suitably sumptuous time and they – along with their monstrously fat wallets – will keep coming back. Treat them like a middle management pleb whose company is on an economy drive and don’t be surprised if the next jaunt stops at Sydney. Continue reading “National In The Hot Seat” »
October 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) is opening at 5pm this Friday in Darling Harbour, Sydney and will showcase he launches of some significant new vehicles for Australasian markets.
AIMS will host two major global premieres of locally-developed vehicles from Ford and Mazda which headline a number of other expected world-first reveals. The Motor Show also has more than 40 vehicles making their debut in either Australia or the Southern Hemisphere.
Yesterday, Sydney locals got a taste of the broad range of vehicles on offer at AIMS with a display of three unique vehicles in Darling Harbour.
Mitsubishi’s electric i-Miev — the first all-electric vehicle offered by a major Australian brand — appeared alongside NZ’s first supercar, the hand-built Hulme as well as a Renault race car air-freighted straight from France.
The three cars were shown to represent the broad cross-section of what is on offer at the Motor Show, which opens to the public this Friday.
i-Miev leads the Motor Show’s extensive green vehicle line-up, highlighting the industry’s push for more environmentally-sustainable motoring.
Hulme’s CanAm offers purists the chance to get up close to a pure-bred supercar which accelerates from 0-100km/h in less-than 3.5 seconds thanks to its 7.0-litre Chevrolet V8 engine.
The Renault Megane Trophy heads a variety of race cars at AIMS. The mid-engined machine’s sleek lines were developed using aerodynamic lessons learnt in Formula 1.
AIMS director Russ Tyrie believes the wide variety of vehicles on show, coupled with a large number of new models, means there should be something to suit all automotive tastes.
Continue reading “Hulme CanAm to headline Australian International Motor Show” »
September 10th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
New Zealand’s first pure-blood supercar the Hulme CanAm will be a star attraction at next month’s Australian International Motor Show where it will make its Aussie debut.
The radical two-seater is hand-built in New Zealand and is powered by a 7.0-litre Chevrolet V8 engine which generates 447kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
Named after late New Zealand racing driver and 1967 Formula 1 World Champion, Denny Hulme, the mid-engined car is designed to be driven on race tracks and also public roads.
Hulme Supercars managing director and project coordinator Jock Freemantle believes the CanAm’s appearance will excite car lovers and motorsport fans alike.
“All the members of the Hulme CanAm project are really excited that our car will be on display at the Australian International Motor Show,” Mr Freemantle said. “This car has been developed to not only honour the memory of Denny Hulme, but also to provide owners with something that offers pure driving enjoyment.
“It is beautifully engineered, remarkably powerful and is a real testament to the people who have poured so much time into making this car a reality. It is also a great way to show all the Aussies just what us Kiwis can do”
The Hulme CanAm is a true reflection of Denny Hulme’s successful career and also of New Zealand’s rich racing history.
The CanAm nameplate was chosen to honour Hulme’s two Canadian-American Challenge Cup (CanAm) championships in 1968 and 1970.
Hulme’s distinctive orange CanAm race cars were prepared by fellow Kiwi ace Bruce McLaren. The modern day Hulme is painted a similar colour called ‘Hulme Orange’ in deference to these championship-winning cars.
Continue reading “NZ’s Hulme CanAm supercar ready to dazzle at Australian Motor Show” »
June 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
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.
December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Launch in Auckland, New Zealand of the road-going version on 30 May 09
November 25th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
It’s not every day you get to go for a ride in a million-dollar, 600hp, 7-litre supercar. Car and SUV were there to experience the power of the Hulme CanAm.
To read the first road test of NZ’s very own supercar and to view more images, click here.