Hulme, New Zealand's only supercar company, has finally started accepting orders for its long-promised, much-hyped supercar. Along similar lines as the Caparo T1, the Hulme's goal is to provide an F1 car experience for the street.

To do so, the beast is loaded with a 700-horsepower, Chevrolet-derived V8 stuffed into the middle of a carbon fiber and kevlar shell. Weight is kept down to just over 2,300 pounds, which Hulme hopes will mean a 0-60 sprint of under 3.5 seconds. Denny would be proud.

The order books for the limited-production supercars are now open, but deliveries likely won't begin until the second half of 2012. Hulme is hoping to get the car classed as a limited-production vehicle in Europe, which would mean the car could be sold freely across the continent.


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      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw some comparison with Caparo T1 and there was something like "provide an F1 car experience for the street". Well! I'm not sure about that. Congrats to the boys from NZ! It's very inspirational to build the only super car from NZ. BUT! As far as the resemblance with Caparo goes, the only common thing is that they both kinda looks like single seater formula car. Caparo weighs half the Hulme's weight. It can generate nearly a ton of downforce. It can pull up to 3.5G in corner. And with its flat-plane crankshaft, 3.5l, revving more than 10500rpms sounds like a Formula car. Hulme in other hand weighs much more than any Formula car (more like a small hatchback). I'm not sure how much downforce makes, but I bet my left nut it's not more than it's own weight (Caparo make twice it's weight). Cornering G won't be more the 1,5 IMO. And with its push rod, big and heavy V8 it's far, far away from the technology incorporated into Caparo or Formula 1 and sounds like NASCAR (nothing bad about that, but still - nothing like F1). I rest my case! You can decide for yourself which one is road legal Formula 1 and which is posers wet dream. I wish many good sells to the gentlemen from New Zealand!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Wow, Caparo T1 fanboy, much? You know nothing of the performance of this car, yet you assume the T1 is better. The Hulme F1 doesn't resemble a single seater F1 car, it's actually a 2-seater side-by-side. And no, the T1 sounds NOTHING like an F1 car. It sounds like a litre bike with stock exhaust.
          Robert Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The Hulme actually precedes the Caparo by a year or two, but has had a considerable development period. Yes they do look similar.
          Robert Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The Hulme actually precedes the Caparo by a year or two, but has had a considerable development period. Yes they do look similar.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I don't need to know about the performance. I checked the company's site, I saw what's what, I saw some pics and I made my conclusion. It's too high from the ground for a proper ground effect, the diffuser is more like a show off styling detail than a real thing. The angle of attack of the wing is small. You don't have to be a genius to conclude that worst power to weight ratio and worst downforce equals worst performance. I made this conclusions based on careful exploration of all info about the car that I found and my experience with cars. And I know the noise is not quite like an F1 car, but it is much closer than Chevy V8. And don't forget that the Caparo tends to catch fire, jam the throttle, lose a bits from its bodywork and all that fun staff making the F1 experience full. LOL
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      With a decent launch, this could lead to a 0-60 time in well under 3 seconds. But traction in a high powered lightweight RWD car is always limited. Looks great, though, much nicer than a T1 in some regards, and shouldn't catch fire as much.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars like this do absolutely nothing for me. It's so devoid of any soul, inspiration, passion, charisma, etc. I'm sure it's stupid fast, but it's so one dimensional that a $10K sportbike beats it at it's own game. For a fraction of the price, I might add.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see what shift algorithm they are using. (not really)
      heyidoubtit
      • 3 Years Ago
      With that kind of power/weight ratio you'd think 3.5 seconds would be a bit slow for this?
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I completely disgree with the mob of critics here. This thing should perform similarly to the Caparo t1, but actually seat two people without forcing them to molest each other. This actually looks like something you could realistically drive on the streets, but you still shouldn't trade in your Camry. As far as the 3.5 second 0-60 estimate is concerned, this is not a drag car. The RWD arrangement limits its traction, especially under 60 mph. If getting to 60 is all you care about, you can save a lot of money by stripping out an old gremlin and dropping in a big block. 0-60 time is not a very important figure on a track car which spends the vast majority of a race traveling well above 60.
      Dennis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that street legal in US?
      Vit Vesely
      • 3 Years Ago
      She has a few kilos extra, but sexier curves... She possess similar performance, but with a latin temperament... She's 25 years older, but she knows what you want... She's still a looker. In fact, she's the MILF of your dreams... Her name is...
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      So its a kit car with a huge V8 slapped in the middle. It looks like a futuristic car on some N64 game I use to play.
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