Named after the famous New Zealand Formula One driver, Denny Hulme, the CanAm is a stripped out, seriously fast, drive-to-track race drive-home-again road car. It's powered by a 7.0-litre Chevrolet V8 which offers 447kW of power and 600Nm of torque. In a car weighing 980kg, it ought to be a blast.
Jock Freemantle, Hulme managing director and project coordinator, is excited about exhibiting the car, saying in a recent report,
"All the members of the Hulme CanAm project are really excited that our car will be on display at the Australian International Motor Show. It is beautifully engineered, remarkably powerful and is a real testament to the people who have poured so much time into making this car a reality. It is also a great way to show all the Aussies just what us Kiwis can do!"
The CanAm name was used to reflect Denny Hulme's success at the Canadian/American Challenge Cup championship of 1968 and 1970. The bright orange paint is also applied in recognition of Hulme's CanAm race cars that were prepared by none other than Bruce McLaren - another New Zealander.
CarAdvice spoke to Jock Freemantle about plans for Australian sales and possibly registration, he said,
"It is our intension to build the production cars to comply with the EU Group LVV certification. The car will then be able to be sold or re-sold in any country that accepts EU certification; this includes a large percentage of the world, except parts of USA and, at the moment, I do not believe Australia accepts it."
He went on to add that Hulme has had buyers in the USA who want the car as a track car though, who are trying to drive it as a LVV (low volume vehicle) on the roads. Freemantle says the car can be used as a track-only car in Australia, no problem, but for those who want to drive it on the road, he says perspective buyers should talk with Hulme as the company might be able to set something up with some form of local registration.
You can take a look at the car up close and personal at the show anyhow. Get your tickets as this will be something special to see in the flesh, and quite a rare site. The show opens on October 15 and runs through until October 24.