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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 LMC 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 LMC 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

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2 days ago

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We are proud to offer this simply magnificent Superformance MKIII Cobra to market. Currently getting prepared for market with a full valet ahead of the photoshoot next week. Any advanced interest is encouraged to contact Oliver@lemanscoupes.com ... See MoreSee Less

We are proud to offer this simply magnificent Superformance MKIII Cobra to market. Currently getting prepared for market with a full valet ahead of the photoshoot next week. Any advanced interest is encouraged to contact Oliver@lemanscoupes.com

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Super cool

Very nice

4 days ago

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The Hyper Racer in action at Brands Hatch Circuit GP circuit with Monoposto Racing Club on the way to fastest lap in class in race 2. Thanks to Andrew Cliffe for the pics.
To learn more about the @hyper_racer X1, contact Oliver@lemanscoupes.com
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The Hyper Racer in action at @brandshatchofficial GP circuit with @monopostoracingclub on the way to fastest lap in class in race 2. Thanks to @norwichphoto for the pics. 
To learn more about the @hyper_racer X1, contact Oliver@lemanscoupes.com

1 week ago

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Huge thank you to evo magazine for an amazing track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit and thank you to @jasoncornish69 for these awesome photos from the day.
If you want to own this road legal track monster, contact us today to learn more.
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Track day no times and the old guy was driving🥴

Come on Olly , give us some times ! 2ltr ERAs doing 1.29s

2 weeks ago

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We are delighted to welcome this glorious GT40 MKII back to market. Full details and specs will be in the sales brochure currently being produced. If you would like further information please email Oliver@lemanscoupes.com. But for now, we hope enjoy the view! ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful 🙂

Like Hillbank Motors Corporation, Please list your prices.

Let me guess. If I have to ask how much, then that's just a sign that you probably can't afford it...😥 It looks fantastic, that lovely iconic paint scheme. Why would someone want to part with it...?

My favourite Superformance build - so much presence

Masters Historic at Brands Hatch this weekend. Ok Oliver take it to Brands Hatch this weekend and put a For Sale sign on it.. It'll be sold by Sunday evening...

In love ❤️ 😍

Love it

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3 weeks ago

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How beautiful is this pre '66 narrow body MKI GT40?
We think it is simply stunning in this silver livery with wire wheels. Been a pleasure working with the owner on this car and look forward to seeing it at events for many years to come.

Looking for a GT40 of your own? We have used cars available for immediate delivery or can work woth you to build a new car to your chosen specs. Contact us to find out more.
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That is truly stunning. 😎👌 It's a recreation from Superformance?

Carl Wylie

1 month ago

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@theshuttaspeed capturing our HYPER RACER X1 at Castle Combe Circuit with SCC | Private Members
Slicks in the wet (last moment rain dump!) Great fun! Was the first time I had driven in the wet in slicks and was very impressed by the amount of grip available! Contact us to learn more about ownership
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@theshuttaspeed capturing our @hyper_racer X1 at @castlecombecircuituk with @sccprivatemembers 
Slicks in the wet (last moment rain dump!) Great fun! Was the first time I had driven in the wet in slicks and was very impressed by the amount of grip available!  Contact us to learn more about ownership

1 month ago

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Road car or race car? Why not both? The Spartan Motor Company Spartan has hypercar performance at a supercar price tag. Contact us to learn more. ... See MoreSee Less

Road car or race car? Why not both? The @spartanmotorcompany Spartan has hypercar performance at a supercar price tag. Contact us to learn more.

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What an awesome car. Had the pleasure of seeing it in action at Brands Hatch.... epic speed. 😳👍😎

Dry weather cat

2 months ago

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We have 3 HYPER RACER X1s available on a first come first served basis. Each car has had 2 days of running: shake down day and 1 practice day. Each of the cars are finished to the latest specifications and are ready to race.
Great opportunity to beat the build queue and get rave ready car. POA.
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We have 3 @hyper_racer X1s available on a first come first served basis. Each car has had 2 days of running: shake down day and 1 practice day. Each of the cars are finished to the latest specifications and are ready to race. 
Great opportunity to beat the build queue and get rave ready car. POA.

2 months ago

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A few photos of Hyper Racer and other Monoposto cars for the @msvr_official media day at Brands Hatch. Great fun day, thank you to all for inviting us along. Look forward to some racing in the coming months. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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Throwback to our first client GT40. The livery is very appropriate as this car was delivered to the late, great Alan Mann who ran GT40s and other iconic cars in period.
What livery do you think is most iconic on a GT40?
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Throwback to our first client GT40. The livery is very appropriate as this car was delivered to the late, great Alan Mann who ran GT40s and other iconic cars in period. 
What livery do you think is most iconic on a GT40?

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English Fords !!

Simply stunning

Probably the Gulf one but the same could be said for the 917...so maybe it should be shelby stripes 🤷🏼‍♂️

A GT40 is such an iconic car it would look great with any livery but if I could afford one it would have to be in the gulf livery

I liked the "Holman and Moody" cars for 1966.. Number 1, Number 5 and Number 6...

Gulf

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2 months ago

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Which are you taking home?
These cars are available for sale and can ve viewed at our HQ by appointment. For further information, contact Oliver@lemanscoupes.com
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Which are you taking home? 
These cars are available for sale and can ve viewed at our HQ by appointment. For further information,  contact Oliver@lemanscoupes.com

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MK1 n11. Love that livery ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

After you drove me around Donington in your ‘Brawn’ GT40, I would have to think VERY hard between a Gulf 40 or the 39PH tribute! 🤷🏻‍♂️😎

I wish !!! Stunning

Ether gt40 i be happy my dream car

No 11 please.

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3 months ago

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So great to see the growth and success of Hyper Racer and this exciting news. Looking forward to bringing this level of expansion to the UK market📣 ANNOUNCEMENT 📣

Hyper Racer appoints Summons Racing for Customer Racing expansion.

HYPER RACER is excited to announce the appointment of the Victorian based organisation, SUMMONS RACING, to provide Hyper Racer customer support for sales, leasing plans, “Arrive & Drive” packages, storage, maintenance, transport and track requirements.

The appointment of Summons Racing provides additional factory space adjacent to Hyper Racer HQ, tripling the available floor space to support the ever growing demand.

Summons Racing founder, Rob Summons, is extremely pleased with the association with Hyper Racer. “We absolutely love Hyper Racer, the low cost ethos of going racing as well as the product itself, an extremely fast racing car”, he said. When prompted about how the association came about, he added, “The Hyper Racer team made it clear that they were fast running out of space and in desperate need of room to scale and grow to fill the number of orders coming in.”

With Summons Racing (Vic) and Carbon Racing (NSW) providing race support, Hyper Racer can now focus on the manufacturing of new cars to add to the grid throughout the 2024 season and beyond.
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To learn more about the Australian designed and built Hyper Racer X1 and the 2024 Australian Drivers’ Championship, head to www.hyperracer.com

Summons Racing and Carbon Racing can be contacted at www.summonsracing.com and www.carbonracing.com.au

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