Another record for Ultima
New skidpan statistic
The Ultima Factory yesterday has set another world beating statistic in its all-conquering Ultima GTR. The Ultima GTR logged a road car skidpad world record of 1.176g lateral grip around a 200ft diameter circle at the Chertsey test facility.
The skidpad is a well-known test, particularly common in the USA, and is regarded by many leading car manufacturers as the dyno of grip. The procedure to conduct the test accurately is to measure the lap time around a 200ft circle and then this data is converted into lateral acceleration. The fastest two laps in each direction are recorded, and the final score is the average of these four laps.
The Ultima GTR road car used for the successful record attempt was the factory’s recently completed standard production specification Ultima GTR640 demonstrator which was driven by Ultima directors, Ted and Richard Marlow, who both recorded virtually identical world beating lap times to each other.
The test was strictly conducted, overseen and verified by an official from Datron Technology who are acknowledged by the motoring press and the Guinness Book of Records as official timekeepers, using state of the art Microsat GPS equipment.
The Ultima GTR640 used for the successful world beating run was fully road legal, fitted with road tyres and was driven to and from the test venue
The Ultima's figure of 1.176 compares to figures of 1.07 for the Porsche 911 GT1, 1.01 for the Enzo and 0.99 for the Carrera GT. The humble Elise manages 0.98. Figures are from Road & Track Magazine.
But none have got hold of the nettle and done it. Now it has beaten this record, by a good margin, the doubters are at it again. Get a R500 or Radical with whatever tyres and go and have a go. You can't say it would be an expensive test! Drive around a bloody great circle. Maybe the set-up was firmed up? Maybe tyre pressures were lowered? Whould Porsche, Ferrari or Lotus engineers not have the savvie to do the same?
The car has set the record like G-mans set the 0-100-0 record. Good luck to all atempts to beat them. If they succeed they will have a bloody fast car or a very grippy one. Here you can have both.
But I wonder if the skidpad radius (here 100ft) has an effect on the numbers.
The ones I find on the net differ somewhat of those seen here. Biggest difference being that the Alfa SZ is the record holder with 1.4g, as can be seen here (item 12) http://home.wxs.nl/~evdbeek/szinter.html , and here (next to 'gravitationskraft') www.alfaclub.de/Register/SZ%20RZ%20Register/Technik.htm
Any thoughts anyone?
>> Edited by errek72 on Friday 22 April 08:17
edited to add: Have checked photos on factory site and seems car has rose joints and F1's front and rear. Even more impressive given the Goodyear tyres actually grip (a bit) in the wet too. Now they should try with the Kumho's for a comparison, these are still road legal but I guess even grippier in the dry.
>> Edited by gdr on Friday 22 April 09:11
Ok.. So realistically, how much would it cost to put a reasonable spec Ultima on the road?
Always a tough one to answer, as it can vary hugely depending on how many of the 'options list' boxes you tick. Most of us end up ticking most of them
I'd say with a minimum spec car, 35k.
>> Edited by stig on Friday 22 April 10:31