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Cut from the same cloth as the Caparo T1 exotic, the Formula 1-inspired Hulme supercar went its U.K. rival one better this month, debuting a pre-production model at both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and London's exclusive Salon Privé exotic car show. A prototype of the car was first unveiled in New Zealand last year.

With its brand name inspired by New Zealand's 1967 Formula 1 world champion Denny Hulme, the long-time teammate of legendary New Zealand racecar designer/driver Bruce McLaren, the Hulme supercar draws on the composite construction expertise that has made New Zealand a powerhouse in international yacht racing circles.

The car will begin production in 2008, with only 20 to 30 units produced each year. The company is initially targeting customers in the U.K. and Germany.

The show car carries the orange livery of the McLaren racecars of the '60s and early '70s in which Denny Hulme rose to prominence in Formula 1 and the Can-Am sports car series. The Hulme supercar has more in common with the Caparo T1 than its extreme styling - the Caparo's designers worked in the modern-day incarnation of McLaren Cars before leaving to develop their version of an F1 car for the street.

More pics and specs after the jump.

Engine & Transmission

Position Mid Longitudinal
Configuration BMW M5 V8
Valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves/Cyl
Displacement 4941 / 301.5 cu. In.
Power 550 HP
Torque TBA
Bore 89mm
Stroke 94mm
Comp/Ratio 11 . 1
Redline 7000
HP/Liter TBA
Gear Box Transaxle with LSD
Gear Type 6 Speed Sequential
Final Drive Ratio TBA

Body & Chassis
Drive Wheels RWD with Limited Slip Diff
Curb Weight 1175 Kg. - 2643 lbs
Length 4612 mm - 181.5 inch
Width 1958 mm - 77.08 inch
Height 1095 mm - 43.09 inch
Wheelbase 2830 mm - 111.41 inch
Front Track 1665 mm - 65.55 inch
Rear Track 1605 mm - 63.19 inch
Steering Progressive Power Assisted Steering
Chassis Tubular & Composite Construction
Body Carbon Fibre & Composite Construction
Air Bags Driver's Wheel & Passenger
Front Brakes AP Racing 6 Piston Calipers + Bosch ABS
Front Disc Size AP Racing 362 mm x 32 mm Ventilated
Rear Brakes AP Racing 6 Piston Calipers + Bosch ABS
Rear Disc Size AP Racing 362 mm x 32 mm Ventilated
Front Wheels 8.5 x 19 Inch - Centre lock
Rear Wheels 20 Inch - Centre lock
Front Tires 245/40x19 Pirelli P.Zero Rosso
Rear Tires 315/35 x 20 Pirelli P.Zero Rosso
Front Suspension Double Wishbone & Pushrod. Inboard Coil over Damper & Anti-Roll bar
Rear Suspension Double Wishbone. Coil over Damper & Anti-roll bar

[Source: SupercarsNZ.com via Gizmag]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      has anyone thought about sending a demo tape, dvd, whatever to topgear for them to look at and maybe try, after which comes the big sales pitch ......?
      • 9 Years Ago
      What's next..."John Deere Produces 900 hp Super Car, 0 to 100 in 5 seconds and can mow your lawn as well."
        • 5 Years Ago
        "What's next...'John Deere Produces 900 hp Super Car, 0 to 100 in 5 seconds and can mow your lawn as well.'"

        Lamborghini started off building tractors oddly enough.

        This car is pretty goofy looking though. It doesn't look like it belongs in the real world; maybe something out of a cheesy science fiction film.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I prefer the T1's looks over this, not to mention that, although potentially a member of the extreme-super-exotic-F1-type-cars-for-the-street club, this Hulme is a pig:

      _Curb Weight_

      1175 Kg. -> 2643 lbs

      470 Kg. -> 1036 lbs
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, I guess I'm one of the few here that really likes the way racecars look. Just not sure what could be better than pulling up in front of a row of Ferraris and Lambos with this bad mofo. You will have the most unique car there.

      I've got a Champcar tub in my shop I'm just dying to make street-legal as a "kit-car" (not too hard where I am).

      Different strokes and all that, it seems.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The newer "supercars" appear to be stealing from the "naked" bike design theme in motorcycles, avoiding the more traditional approach of enveloping a car (and its four corners) in swoopy, sexy bodywork.

      The new theme seems to be if you don't need it to go fast don't bolt it on, so that the cars are looking more like open wheel formula cars than the traditional GTO/sports racer look.

      Net-net, I'm sure they're a blast to drive but as street cars they look like crap.
      • 9 Years Ago
      2643 lbs? WHAT A BLOATED PIG!!