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This is the Hulme CanAm, a new 592bhp supercar that will be limited to just 20 units
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28 May 2010

This is the Hulme CanAm, a new 592bhp supercar that will be limited to just 20 units.

The car has been designed and developed in New Zealand and it bears the name 1967 Formula One world champion Denny Hulme.

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The CanAm was first revealed in concept form at the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Prospective cusomters can pay a £10,000 depsoit and receive a private viewing and test drive at or before the 2011FoS. Those wisihing to proceed with an order will receive their cars from autumn 2011 onwards; the final price is £295,000 plus local taxes.

Manuafcturer Hulme Supercars describe the CanAm as being “blending the raw flavour and appeal of a Formula racing car with dramatic design, superb craftsmanship, exceptional performance and a thrilling and achievable driving experience”.

The mid-engined, rear-wheel drive roadster has a carbon-fibre composite chassis and body and is intended for both road and track use, is powered bvy a General Motors-supplied 7.0-litre V8 engine producing 592bhp and 442lb ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, although a sequential gearbox with paddle shifters will be optional. No performance figures have been quoted.

The firm said the CanAm’s “design and development focus has been on driveability, with power delivery and handling dynamics optimised for maximum driving enjoyment on track and on the road”.

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beachland2 27 May 2010

Re: New 600bhp supercar launched

those figures do seem a bit weird, 208kgs seems light for a 7 litre engine.

if true then i will have to downsize my engine to a 1.6 turbo and give that 600bhp instead.

extra money for the tune but on a £300k car a bit more wont do any harm.

hamishl 27 May 2010

Re: New 600bhp supercar launched

beachland2 wrote:
when both engines can provide the max usable bhp for a track, then the lightest engine will be preferable, and that will be the smaller one.

From a quick Google search (and the sources may not be the most reliable, I'll freely admit, so somebody may wish to correct these figures if they have more accurate numbers available) the Nissan 3.8 litre twin-turbo engine weighs 276 kg with turbos, while the LS7 only weighs 208kg. It may not be an exotic engine (depending on what is exotic for you), but that level of simplicity certainly has some benefits.

beachland2 26 May 2010

Re: New 600bhp supercar launched

there would be a balance where lack of weight is better than any more power. a 3.8 turbo can provide 1000bhp, more than enough for a track car. when both engines can provide the max usable bhp for a track, then the lightest engine will be preferable, and that will be the smaller one.

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