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Monday 7th July 2008

Ultima 'Ring Record Thwarted By Rain

Company director hits 220mph on the way home anyway



An attempt by Ultima to break the Nurburgring road car lap record has been thwarted by rain. The small car company arrived at the circuit with a standard GTR720 road car and hoped to lap the ‘Ring in less than seven minutes.

The road tyred 231mph Ultima was to be driven by Sport Auto Magazine, who had exclusively booked the circuit for the attempt. 'Ring specialist and pro driver Tom Coronel was employed to pilot the car to the new record and was impressed with the pace that the Ultima GTR had to offer during his public testing of the car in dry weather conditions.

‘The Ultima GTR720 is the most powerful and by far the fastest road car I have ever driven,’ he said. ‘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, added: ‘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.’

Ultima wanted to show that, unlike other car manufacturers, the vehicle was a true road car by driving it to and from the circuit. Marlow said he even clocked 220mph on the de-restricted Autobahn on the way home. 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.

Ultima is also holding its annual open day on Sunday August 3rd and all are welcome with no booking necessary. From 10am all the cars will be on display at the Ultima Factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

Oli S
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Erijaso

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You just know they will do it.

Can't wait to see the video.

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andyturner

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"An attempt by Ultima to break the Nurburgring road car lap record has been thwarted by rain. The small car company arrived at the circuit with a standard GTR720 road car and hoped to lap the ‘Ring in less than seven seconds"

That would be very impressive.

Duke Thrust

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andyturner said:
"An attempt by Ultima to break the Nurburgring road car lap record has been thwarted by rain. The small car company arrived at the circuit with a standard GTR720 road car and hoped to lap the ‘Ring in less than seven seconds"

That would be very impressive.
Beat me to it!

Dr G

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Shotgun!wink

crossie

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did the car not break down on one of its practice laps??
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VladD

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I wonder how many laps it could do at full bore until it needed a refill. Have they even run one in the 24 hours race there? That would certainly put them on the map.

shalmaneser

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One of these (luminous orange - very nice!) FLEW past me and my mate on the way back from Le Mans while we were going through a tunnel. Incredible sound. We naturally gave chase but it turns out a Lotus Elise isn't quite a quick.

Who'd a thunk it?!

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vrooom

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When they are going to do it again? i would love seeing that record being broken.

bakeras

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Could somebody post an accelerated video clip so I can see what a 7sec lap would look like?

mmm-five

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Could they have just gone for the 'Mildly Moist', 'Wet', and 'Aqua-planing' lap records instead - or are they just fine weather wusses?

darth_pies

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mmm-five said:
Could they have just gone for the 'Mildly Moist', 'Wet', and 'Aqua-planing' lap records instead - or are they just fine weather wusses?
Yep...but then it would have been called Operation: Certain Death! eek

Accelebrate

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Sabine could have done 7 seconds in the wet wink

Thejimreaper

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Good luck to them,awesome cars.

fluffyducky

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"Ultima is also holding its annual open day on Sunday August 3rd and all are welcome with no booking necessary. From 10am all the cars will be on display at the Ultima Factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire."

Finally a decent reason to visit my Uncle!

Tony*T3

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Couldn't they have just allowed 4 seconds extra for a wet lap and put a (w) next ot it on the board....????wink

Spokey

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Accelebrate said:
Sabine could have me done in 7 seconds in the wet wink
yes

Accelebrate

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Spokey said:
Accelebrate said:
Sabine could have me done in 7 seconds in the wet wink
yes
rofl

joz8968

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Accelebrate said:
Sabine could have done 7 seconds in the wet wink
Ah, but the REAL challenge would be to see who could get Sabine wet in 7 seconds biggrin...

[EDIT: I love 'er - she's got that twinkle in her eye. What with being ze Cherman, she's bound to be real doorty, like. Plus she's into motors. Innit.]


Edited by joz8968 on Monday 7th July 14:18

m44ttg

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why does such a 'non-event' get such a large article devoted to it?

Beefmeister

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Accelebrate said:
Sabine could have done 7 seconds in the wet wink
I'd do Sabine for 7secs in the we.... naa i can't go there.... hehe

edit: damn you Joz - that'll teach me to type slowly!! lol



Edited by Beefmeister on Monday 7th July 13:57

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