Small supercar maker based in Leicester, Ultima Sports Ltd, don’t make a lot of cars like mainstream automakers do and so, when it has a new ride, you bet we will be all over it. You may remember Ultima for the almost Lotus-ish Ultima Evolution from a few years ago. It is now back with the Ultima RS, a hypercar that is based on the aforementioned Evolution.
And it does have a lot to shout about, most notably on its powertrain which is based on Chevrolet V8 LT Euro 6-compliant direct fuel injection engine. There are altogether three engine options, each mated to a Porsche 6-speed manual gearbox with anodized black machined billet quick shifter.
The base is the LT1 which is tuned to produce 450 HP and a mid-ranger, the LT4, which has 650 HP and finally, there’s the LT5 which has a base power of 800 HP, but can be further tuned to a staggering 1,200 HP. The LT1 makes 0-60 in a brisk 3 seconds flat and has a top speed in excess of 180 mph while the LT4 shaves 0-60 sprint by 0.5 second and gains a top speed of 210+ mph.
As for the 800 HP LT5, it covers 0-60 in just 2.3 seconds and have a top speed of over 250 mph. No figures were offered for the 1,200 HP monster, but it should be crazy quick and fast. In fact, the company claims that with 1,200 HP, the RS has “the potential to outrun every other road-going hypercar on the planet.” Madness.
Some other noteworthy details of the new Ultima RS Supercar includes a fully updated space frame, fully welded roll cage with welded rear braces, alloy sheet panels, an enormous adjustable double deck rear spoiler, lots of carbon fiber components (splitter, brake ducts and more), a carbon fiber/leather/Alcantara interior, Alpine in-car entertainment system, and LED lights with in-built fan for temperature control.
The Ultima RS further boasts fully adjustable custom-made Ultimate RS coil spring dampers, alloy quick ratio steering rack, AP brakes with curved vane vented discs all round with 4-pot calipers, adjustable brake bias, stainless steel TUV hoses, and bespoke forged lightweight 19-inch alloy one-piece Ultima RS wheels wrapped with Michelin 19-inc Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubbers.
Now, as for the looks. It is not for everyone. Personally, I thought it has a classic track car design. Much like a cross between Toyota LMP1 and Lotus Elise. Ultima RS is a ride money can buy. However, pricing is not disclosed. According to Autocar, Ultima said the “model can be bought for the same price as a mundane new BMW M3,” which means it should bear a starting price of £60,000.
Anywho, richie rich who have a penchant of exotic, very fast cars can touch base with Ultima for a quotation. Be warned though, there is a lead time of more than two years. If you can’t hardly wait, you can grab the kit car version which can be delivered in 22 weeks.
But if you need to see it in flesh first, then make sure you are headed to Goodwood Festival of Speed next month (July 4-7, 2019) where the Ultima will make its public debut.
Images: Ultima Sports Ltd.