• Oct 23rd 2007 at 2:58PM
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Ultima, one of several dozen independent British sportscar companies and makers of the GTR, could only take so much rejection. The cottage automaker claims it offered its road-legal race-car to the producers at BBC's hit TV show Top Gear several times, only to be repeatedly refused. So Ultima took things into its own hands, brought its latest fire-breather to the same converted airstrip that TG uses for a test track, retained a Stig of its own, and undertook to beat the fastest lap on the track.

Aside from the occasional exception like the Renault F1 car, the current record holder on Top Gear's power-lap board is the Koenigsegg CCX (which Top Gear can't spell). After the Stig famously spun the Swedish supercar off the track, the designers mounted a new rear wing to keep the tail planted, and the CCX set a fastest lap of 1:17.6, which was enough to beat the Ferrari Enzo, Maserati MC12 and Pagani Zonda that previously sat atop the chart.

Ultima drove the GTR720 to the track in full road trim and set a fast lap of 1:12.8, which easily beat the Koenigsegg. In fact, Ultima claims that at that rate, the GTR would lap an Enzo every 12 laps. Dang. Shame it would also beat the Ferrari in an ugly contest, though. Ultima says another visit in the more powerful 800-hp version is in the works.

[Source: PistonHeads]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      There was an Ultima GT-R that ran the Sport Compact Car Ultimate Street Car Challenge a few years ago. It had a BMV V-12 engine in it.

      It didn't win.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It didn't win because the cams Jay (the owner) were ground the wrong way. Also, by using the BMW v12 engine, he made his Ultima less powerful than it could have been.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ultimate ownage.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ultima says it's "street legal", therefore it can be entered in the contest. If someone can buy the car and "legally" drive it on the street, than it falls under the same rules as the rest. I think some of you people are just mad because a Chevy V8 powered British supercar whooped some foreign ass!

      And since the Ariel Atom has a street legal version, it too should be included. Everything should be equal.
        • 7 Years Ago

        Oh, and for all you saying it's "street legal, streetable, blah blah blah":


        When you have to open the door to get your McDees, it ain't streetable!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        You have to open the door in a McLaren F1 LM. And it's streetable.

        You often have to open the door in a Subaru SVX, and it was streetable IN THE US!

        I still find the Ultima a joke for the street, chiefly due to the ground clearance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...the current record holder on Top Gear's power-lap board is the Koenigsegg CCX (which Top Gear can't spell)."

      PROTIP: They misspelled it on purpose. Go back to finalgear.com, download the epsidoes with the CCR and CCX, and watch them again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it me or did they rebuild the Cody Coyote from the hit TV series "Hardcastle & McCormick" :)

      Link for those born after 1979....

      • 7 Years Ago
      impressive, ugly, and what the heck is up with that 747?

      Does anyone else notice that the 747 in the background is sporting a very different engine set up than a regular one?

      Maybe TG will drive one now
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's the 747 from the last Bond film. They used that airport as a stage to shoot the Miami scenes.

        • 7 Years Ago
        They modified it because it was supposed to be a Russian or Chinese plane or something, I forget.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That 747 has been there since the new Top Gear came back.

        I think it is an engine test aircraft. Those engines are much, much smaller than standard.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think everyone is overlooking the key issue, this car is a kit car, you can't order an enzo in pieces. Sure, it's crazy fast. Sure Ultima will build their kit car for you and sell it to you that way if you're not in the US, but it's still a Kit Car and that's most likely why we haven't seen it 'round the track at TG HQ
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like an ugly cousin of Dauer 962 to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a bunch of ignorant clowns...raise your hand if you've driven in an Ultima...no? Noone?
      I've had the pleasure to ride in a 2003 kit Ultima and drive a 2005 factory manufactured Ultima GTR640 (with warranty, turnkey, etc), and, as far as drivability, it is on par with a TVR Sagaris and a Lotus Exige. To those that mentioned the Radical not getting a lap in, you are wrong. It pulled a 1:19 flat back in Series 1, Episode 9. Not sure why they took it off the lap list, but they ran it.
      The only reasons I could imagine that they didn't run the Ultima is because it would absolutely embarrass the extremely high dollar cars they get to drive, which doesn't work well with trying to get "first-drives" for things like the Veyron.
      Back to the point though...the Ultima is not just a street-legal race car. It can (and was) be driven on the Power Tour, and is no harsher than the more hardcore street vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A person who can afford this kind of a car will rarely drive it on the road. It'll probably be used for the track as it is UGLY and most likely more uncomfortable then their prestigious SLR mclaren.

      I think the only reason they say it is road legal is for the select few crazy people who think it will be fun to egg on ZO6s on the street around town. I personally have my motorcycle for that. (ZO6 hater for life! not that i dont respect it)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oddly enough, I just passed one of these on I95 in southeastern Connecticut the other day. It was a black Ultima, and it had a license plate, and was being driven on the road. Sounded mean, but the driver was driving very normal, and it wasn't long before he was out of my rearview mirror :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Powered by courtesy of small block Chevy
      • 7 Years Ago
      My father built an Ultima and I can tell you handles speedbumps just fine, is comfy, has air con, and he uses it everyday.

      You can't proclaim something isn't technically street legal when my old man uses it to get his weekly shopping.

      We've also driven all over the country and this is the first time I've heard someone describe it as ugly.
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