2005 Hulme Supercar Concept review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 16 September 2006 , 12:09:02 byEmil

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Hulme Supercar Concept

Hulme Supercar Ltd. developed a concept with a mid-engine with a high-tech power-train and chassis that gives the driver the feeling of driving a Formula One car on the road. The carmaker plans to produce a number of cars for certification purposes, with production to start in 2007. They will then produce 25 cars a year with a maximum of 150 units built. The UK customers will be able to purchase a model for EUR 310.000. It features a BMW M5 V8 engine that is capable of delivering 550 horsepower. The output is being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed sequential transmission. The design of the car captures the essence of Formula One for ordinary road users.

The concept of the supercar is a mid-engine design with a high-tech powertrain and chassis that gives the driver the feeling of driving a Formula One car on the road. The car features a modified BMW M5 engine joined to a specially designed transaxle, wrapped in a carbon fibre body.

Hulme Supercars Limited plans to produce a number of cars for certification purposes, with production to start in 2007.

They will then produce 25 cars a year. A minimum of 150 will be built.

A UK list price of ?310 000 has been set.

The idea for a Kiwi-made supercar first came to Auckland entrepreneur Jock Freemantle, who approached Mr Parker in 2002 to co-ordinate the design team.

Tony Parker has been passionate about cars since he was a boy. For many years he indulged his enthusiasm by sketching car designs during weekends. It was only in 2003 when he met Jock Freemantle, fellow car enthusiast and serial entrepreneur, that he began to see how far his hobby might go. Together Jock and Tony not only improved the design, they also developed the dream of recapturing New Zealand`s leading position in car design that was lost overseas in the late 70s.

Jock formed Hulme Supercars Ltd with financial backing from a global network of angel investors. Now, two years on, Tony`s design has been transformed from paper plans to a revolutionary supercar constructed of the finest lightweight materials. The design captures the essence of Formula One for ordinary road users ? albeit wealthy ones.

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