Hi-Tech Automotive

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Superformance MKIII at the Scarsdale Concourse

Hi-Tech Automotive is a low volume car builder and design house located in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Most of the vehicles produced are exported, notably to the US and UK. The main distributor of the cars built by Hi-Tech is Superformance. In December 2005 Hi-Tech Automotive transferred the ownership of its subsidiary, Superformance, to the Hillbank Automotive Group, which is privately owned by Lance Stander.[1]

All Superformance cars are originally built at Hi-Tech Automotive's 270,000-square-foot (25,000 m2) plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa before they are shipped as complete rolling chassis minus engine.[2][3] Hi-Tech also supplies customers with non-road cars ready to race on the track.

Cars produced[edit]

Zagato Perana Z-One
series model

The vehicles that Hi-Tech has produced or worked on includes, among others, the MkIII (a replica of the third generation 427 Shelby Cobra), the Noble M400, Superformance Daytona Coupe, Superformance GT40 continuation series, 1963 Corvette Grand Sport continuation series, a Lotus Seven replica and the Optimal Energy Joule. One of the developments of Hi-Tech is the Perana Z-One, with bodyshell designed by Zagato. Production of the Z-One suffered with the downturn of the world economy shortly after its release and a partnership in 2012 between Hi-Tech Automotive and AC cars of England saw the Z-One re-badged as the 378GT Zagato.[4]


  1. ^ Superformance Official Website: Lance Stander Buys Superformance International, Inc. Accessed Dec 28th 2006
  2. ^ Superformance Official Website: Factory Accessed Dec 28th 2006
  3. ^ Robb Report on Superformance race cars and Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act [1]
  4. ^ IOL: High Tech and AC revive Perana Z-One [2]

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