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WELCOME TO LE MANS COUPES THE OFFICIAL SOLE AGENT FOR THE ICONIC SUPERFORMANCE AND HI TECH AUTOMOTIVE RANGE OF CARS IN THE UK AND IRELAND.

Le Mans Coupes was founded by Nigel Hulme in 2003 following a chance meeting with Jim Price of Hi Tech Automotive in Charlotte, Carolina. Nigel is well known in the historic racing circles for his successful exploits in both Lola T70’s and the world famous Le Mans Cobra ‘39PH’. When in Charlotte, he was invited to drive the Superformance MK3 and instantly recognised the quality of the build and drive of the car.

Having been so impressed with the car, and upon hearing news of the upcoming Shelby Daytona Cobra (then known as the Daytona Cobra Coupe) Nigel became the UK agent.

Initially importing the Shelby Daytona Cobra Nigel grew the offering to include the Shelby sanctioned Superformance MKIII, GT40P/2000 series continuation GT40, Corvette Grand Sport and the Hi-Tech MKII with more cars to be added to the portfolio as the opportunity arises.

WELCOME TO LE MANS COUPES THE OFFICIAL SOLE AGENT FOR THE ICONIC SUPERFORMANCE AND HI TECH AUTOMOTIVE RANGE OF CARS IN THE UK AND IRELAND.

Le Mans Coupes was founded by Nigel Hulme in 2003 following a chance meeting with Jim Price of Hi Tech Automotive in Charlotte, Carolina. Nigel is well known in the historic racing circles for his successful exploits in both Lola T70’s and the world famous Le Mans Cobra ‘39PH’. When in Charlotte, he was invited to drive the Superformance MK3 and instantly recognised the quality of the build and drive of the car.

Having been so impressed with the car, and upon hearing news of the upcoming Shelby Daytona Cobra (then known as the Daytona Cobra Coupe) Nigel became the UK agent.

Initially importing the Shelby Daytona Cobra Nigel grew the offering to include the Shelby sanctioned Superformance MKIII, GT40P/2000 series continuation GT40, Corvette Grand Sport and the Hi-Tech MKII with more cars to be added to the portfolio as the opportunity arises.

SUPERFORMANCE – RELIVING HISTORY TODAY

‘Superformance chassis’ are the only Cobra replica’s on the market that are Shelby Licensed products. According to Shelby “Fact is, soon as it’s less than a real Cobra, not built by me, it’s counterfeit. There’s an exception when it comes Superformance. Superformance International makes the replica Cobra in South Africa and calls the two-seat roadster they build the MKIII. It’s still not a true Shelby, but I’ve endorsed and licensed the car for being as close to correct and well-built as possible. I can’t say the same for others.” – Octane Reference

When Shelby first commissioned AC Cars of England to build the CSX in 1962 it was the same factory setup and tradition that Superformance continues to uphold in our factory. AC employees hand welded each tube into place on the Cobra chassis, Superformance maintains that same attention to detail in every chassis we produce. Chassis were painstakingly hand built, just as they are today in our facilities.

Once the chassis were completed at the AC facility they were brought across the ocean and the power train was installed at the Shelby American Factory. Superformance maintains the same process in that our chassis are brought across the ocean and have their engines and transmissions installed in the United kingdom, and all other territories around the world, by master mechanics.

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SUPERFORMANCE –
RELIVING HISTORY TODAY

‘Superformance chassis’ are the only Cobra replica’s on the market that are Shelby Licensed products. According to Shelby “Fact is, soon as it’s less than a real Cobra, not built by me, it’s counterfeit. There’s an exception when it comes Superformance. Superformance International makes the replica Cobra in South Africa and calls the two-seat roadster they build the MKIII. It’s still not a true Shelby, but I’ve endorsed and licensed the car for being as close to correct and well-built as possible. I can’t say the same for others.” – Octane Reference

When Shelby first commissioned AC Cars of England to build the CSX in 1962 it was the same factory setup and tradition that Superformance continues to uphold in our factory. AC employees hand welded each tube into place on the Cobra chassis, Superformance maintains that same attention to detail in every chassis we produce. Chassis were painstakingly hand built, just as they are today in our facilities.

Once the chassis were completed at the AC facility they were brought across the ocean and the power train was installed at the Shelby American Factory. Superformance maintains the same process in that our chassis are brought across the ocean and have their engines and transmissions installed in the United kingdom, and all other territories around the world, by master mechanics.

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ABOUT THE FACTORY

Hi-Tech Automotive the manufacturer of the Superformance rolling chassis is dedicated and committed to quality and detail making Superformance products the most sought after component rollers in the U.S. and UK market. The Hi-Tech facility is over 400,000 square foot and has more than 600 highly trained skilled craftsmen making it one of the largest specialized auto manufacturing plants in the world.

In less than ten years, the Superformance plant (HI-TECH Automotive) grew from a modest 3,000 square foot shed into the third largest specialized auto manufacturing plant in the world. Jim Price’s dedication and commitment to quality and detail has made his Superformance products one of the most sought after component vehicles in the world.

Although most of Hi-Tech’s output are exact replicas of vintage sports cars of the sixties, the under-the-skin technology is twenty first century with all brand new parts.

High quality component vehicles can only assume the quality of their parts and how they are assembled.

It all begins as an idea, the Superformance Coupe was conceived as a thought just like the MKIII. Starting from drawings and sketches from designers like Peter Brock, to actual full size complete component vehicles.

Every component is created dimensionally perfect in CAD, and is then recreated once again in the real world with our computer controlled lathes and milling machines.

Superformance quality is a product of collaboration from the best of the best in each field of expertise.

Superformance dedicates a large amount of space to the birth of their composite bodies. Composite body panels are hand-laid onto their corresponding moulds. A gel coat is sprayed onto these moulds to ensure even thickness and to eliminate pimples and porosity.

Superformance uses isolathic polyester resins for the best possible quality and durability.

Where the body shells carry loads, they are reinforced with steel bars or panels. Bodies are matched and fitted perfectly before going through their next step.

Before painting occurs, the surface of every body produced by Superformance is carefully prepared for painting before it reaches the paint shop. After the laminated composites are properly oven cured, each body spends at least two days being hand and machine rubbed and polished.

Painting a car body is not a job for enthusiastic amateurs. How the end product is going to look depends on how the body is prepared for painting, and even more important, the paint process itself and the environment in which the painting and curing will take place.

Superformance recently completed constructing a multiple booth paint shop, each with its own in-line oven, located in a climate controlled and dust-filtered environment.

Superformance uses a twin-pack urethane base coat-clear coat system and each body and component is hand-sprayed by highly qualified and experienced spray painters.

After painting and baking, each body is flattened with 2000 grade flatting paper. The bodies are then machine and hand polished to the tough, gleaming surface finish that is the most visual quality of a Superformance car.

Superformance bodies are also non-stressed, so they will never show pit marks, print-through or stress marks.

 

Superformance pays as much attention to the fabrication and welding of their chassis’ as they do in every other component of their products.

Chassis’ are welded to precise tolerances in a heavy jig, allowing the master welder of each chassis to control the dimensional integrity of each chassis.

After each chassis is constructed to perfect form, all “rough spots” are grinded and filed.

The chassis’ are then put on the production line waiting to be hand painted and coated. The chassis’ are now ready for their components.

 

Superformance fabricates most of its components in-house.

Specially formulated brass is extruded to Superformance specifications and the frame of windscreens are hand fabricated and chromed.

Superformance uses genuine German automotive leather for the seats fabricated in the trim shop.

Exhaust headers are welded to aircraft quality specifications, according to the engine specified by the buyer.

Superformance also fabricates their own radiators, fuel tanks and numerous other components. TIG welding is used wherever racing car or aircraft quality components are specified.

This is where the component vehicles start coming together.

All mechanical parts are fitted to the chassis before the body is placed into position. A special jig holds the body in precise alignment from the measuring points on all four wheel arches.

The technicians then bond and rivet the finished body to the chassis full of components.

Flexible urethane adhesive is used to bond the body to the chassis, eliminating “print through” distortion and stress cracks.

Superformance pride continues throughout the whole process, but intends to grow here when the final product begins to come alive.

Headlamps are assembled and attached as well as completing the wiring, affixing the windscreen, roll bar etc.

A senior assembler (10 plus years experience) trains hand picked workers with the head of operations. Quality control also inspects all progress to ensure all production standards are maintained, no watches, rings, phones, belt buckles or loose items are allowed in the assembly hall.

All that hard work finally payed off. The beautiful, reliable Superformance component vehicle is born!

Superformance stands apart in almost every aspect, from the quality of a factory line assembly to the precise fabrication of aircraft quality parts.

Superformance constructs quality race ready component vehicles that can be driven comfortably on the road and the track. No matter the size of engine waiting for your chosen Superformance car, it will handle it like a dream!

Our commitment in time and money to a modern, high-tech, 400,000 sq foot factory and more than 600 highly trained skilled craftsman (some of whom are pictured outside the plant below) have made Superformance the largest and best equipped replica and continuation car manufacturer in the world .

ABOUT THE FACTORY

Hi-Tech Automotive the manufacturer of the Superformance rolling chassis is dedicated and committed to quality and detail making Superformance products the most sought after component rollers in the U.S. and UK market. The Hi-Tech facility is over 400,000 square foot and has more than 600 highly trained skilled craftsmen making it one of the largest specialized auto manufacturing plants in the world.

In less than ten years, the Superformance plant (HI-TECH Automotive) grew from a modest 3,000 square foot shed into the third largest specialized auto manufacturing plant in the world. Jim Price’s dedication and commitment to quality and detail has made his Superformance products one of the most sought after component vehicles in the world.

Although most of Hi-Tech’s output are exact replicas of vintage sports cars of the sixties, the under-the-skin technology is twenty first century with all brand new parts.

High quality component vehicles can only assume the quality of their parts and how they are assembled.

It all begins as an idea, the Superformance Coupe was conceived as a thought just like the MKIII. Starting from drawings and sketches from designers like Peter Brock, to actual full size complete component vehicles.

Every component is created dimensionally perfect in CAD, and is then recreated once again in the real world with our computer controlled lathes and milling machines.

Superformance quality is a product of collaboration from the best of the best in each field of expertise.

Superformance dedicates a large amount of space to the birth of their composite bodies. Composite body panels are hand-laid onto their corresponding moulds. A gel coat is sprayed onto these moulds to ensure even thickness and to eliminate pimples and porosity.

Superformance uses isolathic polyester resins for the best possible quality and durability.

Where the body shells carry loads, they are reinforced with steel bars or panels. Bodies are matched and fitted perfectly before going through their next step.

Before painting occurs, the surface of every body produced by Superformance is carefully prepared for painting before it reaches the paint shop. After the laminated composites are properly oven cured, each body spends at least two days being hand and machine rubbed and polished.

Painting a car body is not a job for enthusiastic amateurs. How the end product is going to look depends on how the body is prepared for painting, and even more important, the paint process itself and the environment in which the painting and curing will take place.

Superformance recently completed constructing a multiple booth paint shop, each with its own in-line oven, located in a climate controlled and dust-filtered environment.

Superformance uses a twin-pack urethane base coat-clear coat system and each body and component is hand-sprayed by highly qualified and experienced spray painters.

After painting and baking, each body is flattened with 2000 grade flatting paper. The bodies are then machine and hand polished to the tough, gleaming surface finish that is the most visual quality of a Superformance car.

Superformance bodies are also non-stressed, so they will never show pit marks, print-through or stress marks.

 

Superformance pays as much attention to the fabrication and welding of their chassis’ as they do in every other component of their products.

Chassis’ are welded to precise tolerances in a heavy jig, allowing the master welder of each chassis to control the dimensional integrity of each chassis.

After each chassis is constructed to perfect form, all “rough spots” are grinded and filed.

The chassis’ are then put on the production line waiting to be hand painted and coated. The chassis’ are now ready for their components.

 

Superformance fabricates most of its components in-house.

Specially formulated brass is extruded to Superformance specifications and the frame of windscreens are hand fabricated and chromed.

Superformance uses genuine German automotive leather for the seats fabricated in the trim shop.

Exhaust headers are welded to aircraft quality specifications, according to the engine specified by the buyer.

Superformance also fabricates their own radiators, fuel tanks and numerous other components. TIG welding is used wherever racing car or aircraft quality components are specified.

This is where the component vehicles start coming together.

All mechanical parts are fitted to the chassis before the body is placed into position. A special jig holds the body in precise alignment from the measuring points on all four wheel arches.

The technicians then bond and rivet the finished body to the chassis full of components.

Flexible urethane adhesive is used to bond the body to the chassis, eliminating “print through” distortion and stress cracks.

Superformance pride continues throughout the whole process, but intends to grow here when the final product begins to come alive.

Headlamps are assembled and attached as well as completing the wiring, affixing the windscreen, roll bar etc.

A senior assembler (10 plus years experience) trains hand picked workers with the head of operations. Quality control also inspects all progress to ensure all production standards are maintained, no watches, rings, phones, belt buckles or loose items are allowed in the assembly hall.

All that hard work finally payed off. The beautiful, reliable Superformance component vehicle is born!

Superformance stands apart in almost every aspect, from the quality of a factory line assembly to the precise fabrication of aircraft quality parts.

Superformance constructs quality race ready component vehicles that can be driven comfortably on the road and the track. No matter the size of engine waiting for your chosen Superformance car, it will handle it like a dream!

Our commitment in time and money to a modern, high-tech, 400,000 sq foot factory and more than 600 highly trained skilled craftsman (some of whom are pictured outside the plant below) have made Superformance the largest and best equipped replica and continuation car manufacturer in the world .

LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

Sold: CSX9138 Shelby Daytona Cobra.

SOLD About this car: Le Mans Coupes Ltd are delighted to offer this low mileage Shelby Daytona Cobra CSX9138 to market, first registered in January 2016. […]

Sold: Superformance MKIII Custom Series

SOLD About this car: Le Mans Coupes Ltd are delighted to offer this low mileage Superformance MKIII to the market. First registered in January 2017 this […]

GT40P/2349 *Sold*

  About this car: Le Mans Coupes Ltd, UK agents for Superformance, are delighted to offer this low mileage Continuation GT40 to the market. Originally delivered […]

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1 week ago

Le Mans Coupes

We love delivery day! Another beautiful MKI GT40 arrives at LMC HQ and this one is off for self assembly. Our cars arrive as complete rolling chassis units less engine, transaxle, tyres, battery and fluids. We specialise in finalising the build to your spec and registering the cars, but can also sell the cars as rolling chassis (turn key minus as it's called in the USA) for the ultimate project. The cars are painted, have a fully fitted interior and all suspension, brakes andplumbing are fitted and ready to go.

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2 weeks ago

Le Mans Coupes

Black pipes, looks raw. Finally get to tune the engine tomorrow. Last 2 dates were either snowed or rained off. Looking forward to seeing what she's got.
Well, at over 500bhp it should be exciting...
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Black pipes, looks raw. Finally get to tune the engine tomorrow. Last 2 dates were either snowed or rained off. Looking forward to seeing what shes got. 
Well, at over 500bhp it should be exciting...Image attachment

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There used to be a very good company called “Hometune” in your immediate area...😉😆

Is the ARB position standard now? Much more sensible than mine - and many of the originals had theirs the same as this!

2 weeks ago

Le Mans Coupes

Spartan 001 of 300 is in build and in the coming months will be tested in Australia before shippong to the UK as our demo and test car. So many exciting features we cannot wait to share with you but for now, here are further pictures of the final prototype. Lots of aero work and engineering has gone into this machine, it is set to be a real giant killer. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Camo car!
Engine mapping postponed owing to the salt and snow. Let's hope next week is warmer. Booking test drives for when it is permissable once more. Contact us today for more information.
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Camo car!
Engine mapping postponed owing to the salt and snow. Lets hope next week is warmer. Booking test drives for when it is permissable once more. Contact us today for more information.Image attachment

4 weeks ago

Le Mans Coupes

New Demo car 95% complete.
To do list:
1) Fit headlight covers
2) Engine map/tune
3) Fit number plates
4) Shakedown test
5) Client test drives!

Looking to buy a GT40? Come try ours out for size. We are booking test drives when the lockdown ends. Email Oliver@lemanscoupes.com
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New Demo car 95% complete. 
To do list:
1) Fit headlight covers 
2) Engine map/tune
3) Fit number plates
4) Shakedown test
5) Client test drives!  Looking to buy a GT40? Come try ours out for size.  We are booking test drives when the lockdown ends. Email Oliver@lemanscoupes.comImage attachmentImage attachment

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That looks great - will organise a trip down when able? IanC

Stunning

Spot on!

Superb 👏

Bet you can’t wait to hit the road! Enjoy!!

Put martini racing livery on it!!!

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1 month ago

Le Mans Coupes

Looking forward to sunny days and freedom to play. @rwc_photo on the camera.
Our CSX9000 series Shelby Daytona Cobras are available now and make for an incredible all-rounder. A really usable supercar for track fun, weekend drives and daily use. Contact us today for further information
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Looking forward to sunny days and freedom to play. @rwc_photo on the camera. 
Our CSX9000 series Shelby Daytona Cobras are available now and make for an incredible all-rounder. A really usable supercar for track fun, weekend drives and daily use. Contact us today for further information

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Shelby not Selby! C’mon guys !

1 month ago

Le Mans Coupes

In 2017 prototype 3 of the Spartan began its development. Here is a video from day one. A really solid foundation that has been refined and fine tuned to become the giant killer it now is. Aero work is complete and production is well underway for chassis #001 of 300. We are counting the days until we can reveal the final product. But for now, enjoy watching where the end product began. To enquire about these cars or any in our range, contact us today. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Le Mans Coupes

Miss this car very much. So many happy memories and road trips. Le Mans, Spa, Goodwood, Silverstone multiple times, client test drives, professional drivers giving it a spin, magazine features, drives with friends, great shots by professional photographers and many more. Hope our new demo car will bring just as many memories. @rwc_photo thanks for the picture ... See MoreSee Less

Miss this car very much. So many happy memories and road trips. Le Mans, Spa, Goodwood, Silverstone multiple times, client test drives, professional drivers giving it a spin, magazine features, drives with friends, great shots by professional photographers and many more. Hope our new demo car will bring just as many memories. @rwc_photo thanks for the picture

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Priviledged to have driven it! Thanks!

It's one amazing car loved driving it for the day.

Despite all us monkeys being let loose in it, it survived to tell the tale! 😆 😉

1 month ago

Le Mans Coupes

Same same but different. Front end view caught by @rwc_photo. What liveries would you choose for a daytona cobra? ... See MoreSee Less

Same same but different.  Front end view caught by @rwc_photo. What liveries would you choose for a daytona cobra?

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Mkii (LM '66)

1 month ago

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Happy new week. Here's a throwback to a few years ago when @rwc_photo visited. More when this lockdown is over for sure. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy new week. Heres a throwback to a few years ago when @rwc_photo visited. More when this lockdown is over for sure.

2 months ago

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@venomwraps busy installing the PPF to our latest Cobra ahead of engine installation. So excited for this car to be on the road and ready for test drives later in the year. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ready to rock roll!

Are they wrapping the whole car or just the bonnet? If the whole car how do they cope with the single piece body?

2 months ago

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Found an article from @gt40enthusiastsclub fortification magazine from a few years ago. Great to see some chassis and complete car pics in one place. ... See MoreSee Less

Found an article from @gt40enthusiastsclub fortification magazine from a few years ago. Great to see some chassis and complete car pics in one place.Image attachment
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