Orders can now be placed for the upcoming 2012 Hulme CanAm supercar. A potentially refundable deposit of £10,000 must accompany each order.

Orders for the Hulme CanAm supercar from New Zealand are now being accepted. Named after that country's only Formula One champion the late Denny Hulme, the CanAm first came into public life at the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Following encouraging public interest, a decision was made to build it, but keep it very exclusive. As such only 20 units will be available for sale.

Powered by a 7.0-litre V8 Chevrolet LS7 V8 worth 600 bhp (447 kW / 608 PS) and 600Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque at the rear wheels, the car is said to be capable of sprinting from 0 - 100km/h in under 3.5 seconds. Top speed is over 200 mph (322 km/h). Mated to the engine is a close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox. A sequential manual shift option will be available.

Adding to the driving experience is the pampered buying experience offered by Hulme. Customers will be given two Air New Zealand Business Premier return tickets to Auckland, one week luxury accommodation, final fitting in the car and some extra driving on a track.

Fittingly, the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed event could be the site of a private viewing and a test drive. Interested parties can lay down a £10,000 (US$14,400) deposit which is fully refundable should interest not turn into full order. The actual minimum price is £295,000 (US$424,800) and it will be delivered globally. Hulme also offers the option of buying the whole lot on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Sales will begin in the UK in the autumn of 2011 and continue into 2012.

Gallery: Hulme CanAm supercar order books open