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” »

Aston Martin’s exclusive One-77 – 60 of 77 sold

December 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The One-77 supercar is the most exclusive of all Aston Martin models, with just 77 units being produced. The sleek body is made with massive amounts of carbon fibre, a 750-horsepower V12 and hand-crafted aluminum panels. With this much technology and effort required the One-77 carries a very hefty price tag of $1.87 million ($2.5m NZ). For most of us that is a ridiculous sum to ever consider spending on any car, but there are those out there that have the means to disagree.

Reports are coming in that 60 of the 77 One-77s are already sold, leaving only 17 copies of the extra rare English exotic up for sale. Further to just buying the One-77 many new owners are apparently opting to spend an extra $30k US to buy the Toyota IQ-based Cygnet mini Aston. While that’s a lot of coin for a flashed-up Toyota, new One-77 owners have got to keep the Mrs happy with something.

Lexus LFA is a total sellout

June 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

When Lexus priced its LFA supercar at over half a million NZ dollars many wondered if they could get that sort of money. Now, any doubts have been answered by reports that all 500 examples of the 552-horsepower LFA are officially sold out. Their always seems to be a healthy market for ultra-rare exotics with low production quotas. But the interesting part is that the LFA is being accepted by the European elite with reports that one-third of pre-sold LFAs are heading straight for the land of Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Lexus even schmoozed eight of the German LFA owners at the recent 24 Hours of Nurburgring race with some wining and dining.

Lexus hasn’t announced exactly how many LFAs would go to what areas of the globe, but apparently Toyota’s luxury arm is going to hand-pick which perspective buyers will gain the right to own the LFA. Might be too exclusive to ever see one down here in humble NZ, but you just never know.

Hulme Supercars now taking orders for CanAm

May 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Hulme Supercars the builders of NZ’s first Supercar the Hulme CanAm has just announced plans for a 20 unit limited production run.

Named after Kiwi racing legend Denny Hulme the CanAm will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis with the option to purchase on offer for a £10,000 ($21,680 NZ) deposit.

The full purchase price of the Hulme CanAm will be fixed at £295,000, ($639,530 NZ) on receipt of an order, including delivery worldwide. The deposit is fully refundable if the option to purchase isn’t converted to a sale.

Jock Freemantle, Hulme Managing Director, explains, “Deposits will be held in a Trust account, pending a private viewing and driving experience of the car at or before the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed for those who have purchased an option to order. Following that, if anyone does not wish to proceed, the terms on which the deposit is paid will provide a guarantee that their total deposit will be returned immediately.”

The 20 customer cars will be coach-built and equipped to customer order, with deliveries commencing late 2011 and into 2012, the 20th anniversary of Denny Hulme’s death.

Any fat cat who confirms the purchase of a CamAm will be given two Air New Zealand Business Premier class return tickets to Auckland with one-week luxury accommodation, for their final fitting in the car and further road and circuit driving, before the car is then shipped to their chosen destination. All production cars will be numbered, with a guaranteed certificate of authenticity, and a 1/8 scale exact replica, finished in the same livery and specification, plus a full photographed dossier of the car’s build.

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Porsche order book filling for new Cayenne

April 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s no secret that the Porsche Cayenne has made some serious money for the German automaker with some reports saying that it’s saved the company during the economic downturn. That trend looks set to continue with the new version of the Cayenne beginning production in Porsche’s Leipzig plant in Germany. Porsche top man Michael Macht has recently indicated that orders for the new Cayenne are “clearly exceeding” expectations.

The news comes at an important time for Porsche, which reportedly saw its sales decline an alarming 40 percent in the first quarter of this year. The previous-generation Cayenne, which is Porsche’s best-selling vehicle, had seen its sales figures reduced by about 25 percent during the fiscal year. But that may have been caused by potential Cayenne owners waiting for the new model.

Porsche is bringing out the new Cayman with updated styling, improved performance and reduced emissions — including the automaker’s first-ever production hybrid model. The new Cayenne and Panamera sedan are seen by many as the right formula to put Porsche back into making positive sales figures.