• Jul 7th 2008 at 5:28PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ultima GTR720 at the Nurburgring

There is no shortage of automakers out there claiming to make the ultimate "race car for the road", but few of them can touch the Ultima GTR. While others try to make their road cars as close to racing cars as possible, the British sportscar-maker set about making their Noble-based racing car as close to a road car as possible. The result is blistering performance, with the latest GTR720 setting several Guinness-verified world records, including a 0-60 time of 2.6 seconds, a quarter mile below ten seconds and a 0-100-0 time in 9.4. With those numbers in the books, Sport Auto Magazine set its sights on setting a new Nurburgring road car lap record.

Unfortunately, after booking two, half-hour sessions at the 'Ring, the heavens opened up and soaked the track, so the attempt was aborted. The current record, held by the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport, stands at 7:27, but Ultima ambitiously projects that its car could undercut that with what would be a staggeringly fast lap time under 6 minutes, 55 seconds. Sounds impossible? Consider the performance stats quoted above, and that the lightweight track demon has hit a top speed of 231 mph. That was with the previous gearing setup, but with a taller fifth gear ratio, Ultima thinks it can reach even higher speeds. After the disappointment of a failed attempt due to the bad weather, the company's founder Ted Marlow turned around and headed back to England, claiming to have hit 220mph on a derestricted Autobahn along the way. We'll just have to wait until a more successful attempt to see if the record is shattered, but in the meantime we can enjoy the images in the gallery below and the press release after the jump.

[Source: Ultima]



British supercar manufacturers and multiple world speed record holders Ultima Sports Ltd last week created an automotive stir by arriving in Germany for an attempt at the world renowned prestigious Nurburgring Road Car Lap Record in their standard production Ultima GTR720 road car.

The road tyred 231mph Ultima which was driven to the circuit, was on target during public testing to create history by recording a sub 7 minutes lap of the Ring thereby setting a new outright road car lap record, but unfortunately severe rain on the day that the track had been exclusively booked by Sport Auto Magazine for the record run meant that a fully verified attempt wasn't possible.

Ring specialist and pro driver Tom Coronel was employed to pilot the car to the new record and was staggered with the pace that the Ultima GTR had to offer during his public testing of the car in dry weather conditions.
He commented:
"The Ultima GTR720 is the most powerful and by far the fastest road car I have ever driven. It's an absolute missile and a huge buzz to drive! The guys at Ultima Sports have a product which is a very special machine indeed. The Ultima is an extremely well developed and sorted package. I am confident I can set a new lap record time of below 6mins 55secs for a lap as measured by Sport Auto Magazine in this car. I can't imagine any other road car ever being able to compete with the overall performance envelope that the Ultima has to offer."

Richard Marlow, Director of Ultima Sports Ltd commented:
"It was gutting to have had the GPS timing gear all fitted to our Ultima GTR720 with the track booked exclusively for two half hour sessions on Thursday 3rd July via Sport Auto Magazine, only for the track to be saturated by a torrential downpour, forcing us to abandon the actual lap record run.
Exclusive track time at the Ring is essential for a lap record attempt such as this as a full-length lap (12.8mile for all Sport Auto official times) isn't even allowed to be travelled during public days due to various safety regulations. Unfortunately exclusive track time is at a premium and indeed we have been informed that it may be fully booked for the rest of this year so therefore despite our best efforts with the track organizers there was no opportunity for another lap record run on the following days. However, overall we all enjoyed ourselves immensely, it was a true pleasure to work with Ring expert and pro driver Tom Coronel who was right on world record pace.
Unlike some other car manufacturers we specifically set out to achieve this road car lap record in the spirit in which we believe it is intended by driving the car on the public roads to and from the Nurburgring from our UK headquarters. The Ultima road car is very much suited and enjoyable to use on such cross European journey's with its comfortable seating, sealed luggage compartments, complaint suspension, road car levels of ground clearance, tractable engine, air conditioning and stereo system all coming in handy.
I couldn't resist making a detour to make full use of the de-restricted Autobahn on the return road journey back home in the early hours of the morning, with speeds in excess of 220mph being comfortably recorded."

Ted Marlow, Managing Director of Ultima Sports Ltd commented:
"This was a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate to the world the superb road holding, aerodynamic proficiency and handling finesse of our British product, as the Ring along with the Top Gear track is one of the few tracks in existence that has publicly available verified lap times for all of the major worldwide road legal supercars in production today. This was intended to be yet further unequivocal proof of the Ultima GTR's engineering excellence and our aim for this event was to make history by setting an official outright road car lap record fully independently witnessed and timed by Sport Auto Magazine in the same way that the other supercar verified lap times are recorded. Our plan was deliberately not to merely set a manufacturer's claimed time without an independent witness but to return with a proven record. It's a shame that it appears to be very difficult and costly to obtain the required exclusive track time at the Ring unless you are a mainstream manufacturer. One thing is for certain, our Ultima GTR720 is without any doubt capable of taking the honours around the challenging Nordschleife. It was truly spectacular to watch during testing and all of us here at the factory have total confidence and faith in the world leading ability of our product and are delighted with how it stormed around this demanding track."

The Ultima GTR720 is a fully road going car and is often used as a daily driver. The car is equipped with e-marked road tyres and fitted with our standard production 720bhp Chevrolet V8 engine option built by our OE engine suppliers American Speed. A standard G50-03 transmission was used with a taller 5th gear ratio (the taller 5th gear ratio is now a new option on our pricelist at £540) to suit the prolonged 200mph plus requirement for a successful lap record of the Nurburgring in an Ultima.
We would very much like to take this opportunity to thank our record attempt sponsors AP Brakes, Goodridge, Intrax Suspension, Kumho Tyres and Titan for their valuable support.


Ultima GTR
projected sub 6min 55secs

Pagani Zonda F Clubsport
7min 27secs

Porsche Carrera GT
7min 28secs

Porsche 997 GT2
7min 32secs

Pagani Zonda F
7min 33secs

Koenigsegg CCR
7min 34secs

7min 35secs

Mercedes SLR 722 GT McLaren
7min 38secs

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
7min 40secs

Mercedes SLR McLaren
7min 40secs

Mercedes CLK DTM
7min 40secs

Porsche 997 GT3
7min 42secs

Chevrolet Corvette Z06
7min 42secs

Porsche 996 GT3 RS
7min 43secs

Pagani Zonda C12 S
7min 44secs

Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24
7min 45secs

Porsche 996 GT2
7min 46secs

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
7min 46secs

Jaguar XJ220
7min 46secs

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
7min 47secs


2.6 secs World Record

5.3 secs World Record

11.8 secs World Record

1.8 secs World Record

9.4 secs World Record

100mph-0 braking
3.6 secs World Record

Standing 1/4 mile
9.9 secs @143mph World Record

Top Speed
231mph (gearing limited)

Skidpad (200ft)
1.176g World Record

NOTE: All performance figures independently have been verified by official Guinness book of world records timekeepers Datron Technology who use incorruptible GPS timing gear to record the official road car world record times on road tyres in controlled/monitored conditions.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is getting a little out of hand. Ring times are becoming a bit glam and useless. You have no idea which cars were rung out at 8/10's, 9/10ths or full ba!!$ to the walls. You have no idea which cars ran 1 lap or 100 laps. Many of these companies test at certain sections of the Ring and then leave just enough time to run 1 or 2 full laps at the end of testing. I don't think many cared 2 years ago if they left 10 or 15 seconds on the track because it wasnt the marketing tool it is today. That being said I'm not very interested in what a car like this runs. Its a race car prepped to be street legal. I am interested in what Nissan GT-R's, ZR1 etc run because they are street cars prepped for the track. The GT-R really threw down the Ring gauntlet for the more mainstream production cars that others will now strive to exceed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rob, the Ultima GTR is a road car which looks like a race car. It has most of the production road car features like sound system, electric mirrors, leather interior, and can also clear speed bumps. I've ridden in a 450hp Ultima GTR and all I can say is that it's 100% road car, and not a race car. The ride is very compliant, and suspension can be adjusted accordingly. All I can say about this car, beautiful, extremly quick/fast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love Ultima!

      The best performance money can buy period!
      • 7 Years Ago
      My brother who posts on here, use to sit there and only play the ring on forza 2, so on xlive he would cream me, but on other tracks I held my own... This is what is going on out there.. Enough of the ring. I say the community picks 5 tracks and we avg the times.

      flame away!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is the Corvette ZR1 not listed in this post? It's faster around the 'Ring then the Zonda F Clubsport at 7:26, so it actually holds the record, not the Zonda.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's what I thought, too.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Gm needs to show the video of that record lap time. I been anxiously waiting to see it. I don't understand why it's taking them so long.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For crying out loud,

      a factory fresh Ford Transit, which is a 2.5 liter diesel van, can lap the 'Ring in 10 minutes...

      This publicity stunts are totally pointless. Put those cars on the Le Mans circtuit (or any other) and the order will be totally different.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, the order would be pretty much the same. The Corvette C6Rs, and the Former C5Rs (which are both very similar to the production Corvette C5 and C6 Z06s) have dominated American Lemans racing for the last decade. It wasn't until very recently that Aston Martin started to challenge the Vettes in Le Mans racing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      well the Nurburgring lap time kind of get to the point that there is alot more in a car than power to weight ratio, horsepower or acceleration..
      its pretty about how the whole car comes together engine ,steering even aerodynamics and more...
      don't belive me ??
      Nissan GT-R 7:29.o3
      Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 7:47
      Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 E-gear 7:47
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've never driven the 'Ring but driving over 231 mph on that course seems... suicidal. Good luck Ultima GTR!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thats what the back straight is for.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another thing:
      "Standing 1/4 mile 9.9 secs @143mph World Record"

      The SSC Ultimate Aero does it in 9.90 @ 144, so how could the GTR get the "World Record"?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This dose not even count.. cause it's kitcar. to bad it is cause it would have the ring record and fastest 0-60 time of a production car... nice kitcar...

      btw it use's a Corvette LS7 engine may i point out...
        • 7 Years Ago
        AkulaX1: I like the car, not the fanboys.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey leave ZR1 alone I mean the car. He doesn't speak on behalf of Corvette ZR1
        • 7 Years Ago
        Corvette ZR1 there is nothing wrong with kitcar being a kitcar.

        PS Corvette ZR1 is sick :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Itsuru I agree :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Although the 720hp version uses a Chevy crate engine, it's far from the 7.0L LS7, the displacement doesn't even match - 406ci. Though like any kit car, you could put the LS7 in if you want.

        A fair benchmark for this car would be the Radical SR8's 6:55s. The Ultima is one of my all time favourites, but I just can't get over the ugly styling.

        If I decide to build a kit car one day, it'll be a Factory Five GTM.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was at user:CORVETTE ZR1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Ultima isn't a "kit car." It's merely sold that way to beat some expensive US Federal requirements that would otherwise make it impossible for Ultima to afford to sell its car on these shores.

      They're not some huge car company - they're a small, boutique manufacturer trying their hardest to survive in the dog-eat-dog world of automobile regulation.

      As for why the ZR-1 hasn't been listed as official, I'd guess it's because GM hasn't done an "official" run. They simply quoted lap times from practice runs. There was no independant third-party present to verify the numbers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm also curious what tires they're using. On their website, Ultima has Goodyear F1s as the tire of choice. However, based on the pictures, obviously the Nurburgring model has Kumhos. Are they V700s or V710s? If so, then even if the Ultima is "road-legal" it is an apples and oranges comparison as all the other cars on the list have true road tires. Even the 997 GT2's Michelins Sport Cups are not pure slicks. If Ultima is using slicks (I can't tell from the pictures), then I wouldn't count whatever number they put up. However, if they are using Ecsta MXs or the like, and are still able to put up a (ridiculously) low number, then kudos to them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you view picture #4 in the gallery at hi-res, you can clearly make out "...STA V..." on the sidewall of the tire. In #12 you can make out "ECSTA". In #21, you can see that it has actual tread. The lettering is on a black band on the side of the tire. The only tire it could be is listed as the ECSTA V70A (also called V700).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I suppose the Radical isn't listed here because it isn't road legal outside the UK. Think it could be, the the costs of paying for the tests is prohibitive or something.

      I have been wondering for a while how the Ultima would do on the ring. It's probably the fastest supercar with a roof there is. Can't wait for them to get a sunny say.
        • 7 Years Ago
        edit: not say. Day.
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