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Click either image to view the Hulme CanAm in our gallery

The McLaren legacy is a powerful draw. Bruce McLaren himself was a tour de force 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 no lack of supercars ready to lift up his mantle: McLaren F1, Mercedes SLR, Caparo T1...even the tuned Viper concept that recently hit the auction block all owe their origins to the Kiwi and the racing teams he established. Add to that list the Hulme CanAm, a lightweight supercar six years in the making.

The car is named after Denny Hulme, the New Zealander won the F1 title in 1967 before going on to win the Can-Am championship the following year. Appropriately, the car shown above is painted the same bright orange hue as the McLaren racer in which he did it. We've been following the development of the car, previously referred to as the Hulme F1, for a few years now. 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-liter LS7 V8 borrowed from the Corvette Z06 to replace the previous BMW unit, offering 600 horsepower. That's enough to push the supercar to sixty in less than three seconds and on to nearly 200 miles-per-hour. The Hulme CanAm recently underwent a public shakedown at the A1GP race in New Zealand, where it lapped the circuit at 123 mph without incident, and is expected to hit the market with a $700,000 price tag sometime next year. Follow the link for more details and check out the assorted images in the gallery below.

UPDATE: new hi-res images of the open-top Hulme CanAm on track added to the gallery
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie
  • Photo Credit: Keran McKenzie

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks Bitchen...

      I guess it's made of 120% pure unobtainium at that price, which is too bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I totally thought this car was dead, glad to see it finally made it through labor...

      But it looks a little dated doesnt it? Like a cross between a 1992 Ferrari 642 F1 and the Ford IndiGo concept from 1996.
      • 6 Years Ago
      700K! Are they kidding? I'll pass, not that I have that kind of money anyways.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car leaks pure bad ass, now the real question is, can it clear a speed bump?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap.




      That is going to be one fast car......wait not car...ummm...idk what that is..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I approve of this product and/or service.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like someone KTM'ified a Caparo T1. Not that I'm complaining.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The price is about $700,000 New Zealand, not $700,000 US - you can have a look on the NZ Herald website in an article by Alistair Sloane if you want to check.
      The price in Euros is 295,000. That price makes it about (a little less than) $400k US, or cheaper than the Caparo T1.
      It's also a lot bigger than the T1, and weighs more, not exactly comparable, even if similar in looks. I certainly wouldn't complain to be given one though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its a very nice car but it still shouldnt cost $400,000. Maybe half of that.

        The engine is cheap and their is barely an interior to speak of. You cant tell me the body alone cost 350,000.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what is the transmission on this car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I stopped reading when I read the price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. $700,000 could buy some sweet vintage race cars (since the Hulme Can-Am would be a glorified track car).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well that's convenient seeing that the price tag is in the second to last sentence in the article.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "That's enough to push the supercar to sixty in less than three seconds..."

      The Caparo T1 will do 0-60 in under 2.5 seconds.

      "...and on to nearly 200 miles-per-hour."

      The T1 will do an estimated 205 (on a low downforce setup).

      "with a $700,000 price tag"

      The T1 costs $480,000.

      And, to my eye, the T1 looks better.


      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caparo_T1
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fine. Give 'em 700000 USD, but expect a lot of change.

        My dollars are not your dollars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The T1 also comes with complimentary engine block heater and removable floorpan :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        If this one runs properly instead of catching fire, it'll be a better value.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fail.
        The mainstay of this car is the amazing Z06 engine that's crate for 14K. With header upgrades (pushes power to 600) it's 15.5K.

        This car is not extensively ssfety tested, meets no stringent rewuirements/airbags/ESP.ABS etc.

        700K is a joke. It should be 80K. There are many fine kit (or home brewed) cars at that price range like the Atom etc and if one wants to really spend a Mosler will be enough.
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