• Oct 23, 2009
Ultima GTR720 around the Top Gear test track - Click above to watch the video after the break

Automotive records can be funny things. While everyone seems to be interested in knowing what vehicle is the quickest, fastest, most expensive or rarest, there always seems to be plenty of dissent when one automaker claims its product takes the coveted prize away from another. Such is the case with the Ultima GTR720.

There's no doubting that both the Ferrari FXX and the Ultima GTR are fast cars. Which car is actually faster around a race track, though, is currently up for debate. The track in question is the Dunsfold aerodrome circuit, better known to many as the Top Gear test track. Not long ago, the crew from TG invited one Stig impersonator by the name of Michael Schumacher in the super high-test Ferrari racer to take a lap around its circuit, and the tame racing driver managed to set a new record at one minute 10.7 seconds.

Here's where the mine-is-bigger-than-yours part comes in. Ultima reportedly contacted Top Gear to let them know its car could go 'round the track faster than the aforementioned Prancing Horse, but the show apparently never responded. Taking matters into its own hands, then, Ultima borrowed the track for itself and is claiming to have completed a lap in one minute 9.9 seconds – less than one full tick quicker than the Ferrari, but quicker nonetheless. Plus, Ultima says, the GTR720 was both cheaper and fully road legal while the £1 million FXX is a track-only proposition.

Wanna see it all go down on video? Click past the break to watch for yourself.

[Source: EVO]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      would like to see stig try this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't really believe it, until i see it on the show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, the Aston Martin DBR9 got a 1:08.6 time. Yes, it's a race car, but so is the FXX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It also won the 'best noise ever made' award [tentative].
      • 5 Years Ago
      Curiously in this case, I don't really care. What's up with that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The FXX may be based on the Enzo, but it is not an Enzo. Its no more livable than this car -- its a race car, just like this one, through and through.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What kind of tires are they using?
      Issa Bendeck
      • 3 Years Ago
      the thing that its a kitt car in some places , its like you can say that there is also room for people with less economial capacities but yea they can drive a really fully performanced car like the rick fellos do i , in this world there are no restrictions for any one that money cant buy and there are the same desires for everi one and thats sad for the rich guys because in some cases in life there is no exclusive things like every one thincks after all even if a rich guy is loocking for an exotic car to show of f, when it comes to make a race its PERFORMANCE what it takes to win and that is the cheap part every one can have and where the rich guy feels bad because he may loock as poor as any one else .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pwnt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unlike the FXX, the Ultima is... well, not a Ferrari.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to hate on the Ultima for beating the ferrari but well....... That thing is awesome and amazingly fast. I doubt it would win at the Nurburgring(not sure of the spelling) do to the fact that the FXX has amazing downforce. I'm not sure what the Ultima is like at speeds in excess of 150mph. Would love to see the two duel it out there. Either way nice work ultima. To bad you never see either of these two cars in real life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      since it's built in a shed in the midlands, a certain someone will call it the best supercar... in the wooorld.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In a shed, in the midlands, by a man who talks funny, with a pipe and a beard and who smells of cabbage and has elbow patches on his jacket
        • 5 Years Ago
        In a shed, in the Midlands, by a man who talks funny.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rank up. Rank up. Rank up. Rank up.

        Awthankyou lol... :D
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        In a shed, in the midlands, by a man who talks funny, with a pipe and a beard
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's fast, but it still doesn't count. The Top Gear Power Lap has a few rules:

      It must be a road-legal production car.
      It must be able to clear a standard speed bump
      It is driven by Top Gear's own driver (The Stig)

      The FXX was taken off the board because it had slick tires, making it not street-legal.

      This is a stunt designed to get a car that probably can't make a legal Power Lap some publicity for its maker. As far as I'm concerned it's up to Top Gear to test whatever cars they feel are worthy of an attempt, and if they decide not to, tough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Impressive no doubt, but people who can afford an FXX won't care.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, I can't afford an FXX either... and I still don't care (that it's street legal, not that it's faster). Then again, street legal track day cars like the Ultima don't really appeal to me. If I'm gonna spend upwards of £65000 for a vehicle that uses streetability as a selling point, it's gotta offer more streetability than this does. Otherwise I may as well just get a dedicated track car. Who's really gonna drive this thing on the street shod with R compounds anyway? And if you put streetable tires on it, prepare to lose a few seconds on that lap time... either that or get someone to haul your track wheels, tires & jack out to the racetrack for you. I'd definitely love to have one of these cars as a track only affair, so it's not that I'm knocking it. It's just that the fact that it's street legal doesn't make it any more attractive in my eyes, since I wouldn't be buying it for the street.
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