New World Record


The Ultima Factory - current holder of the 0-100mph-0 record - today went one better and beat its own record with a new time of just 9.8 seconds for the 0-100mph-0 sprint.  This is the first ever sub-ten seconds 0-100mph-0 recorded in the world!

The car used was a standard, factory production specification Ultima GTR, powered by a 377c.i 685bhp Chevrolet V8 engine built by American Speed (Original Equipment engine suppliers to Ultima). This engine is a standard part option available from the American Speed price list.

The GTR stormed from 0-60mph in 2.7secs and 0-100mph in 5.8 secs which are in themselves world record times, and braked from 100mph to zero in just 3.8 secs.

Richard Marlow, director of Ultima Sports Ltd and driver of the Ultima GTR during the world record run said, “Our new world record once again proves that the Ultima GTR is truly the fastest supercar currently available in the world today, and by a substantial margin.

“We are also currently installing a 640bhp engine into one of our other demonstrators, to be named the Ultima GTR640 in commemoration of all of our existing world records achieved with 640bhp. We look forward to the Stig taking on all comers around the Top Gear test track in our demonstrator - assuming of course that the BBC feel it is appropriate to give our British built sports car the opportunity to humiliate their current lap record holder the Ferrari Enzo.”

The Ultima GTR used on the successful record attempt was fully road legal, fitted with road tyres and was driven to and from the test venue. The world record was strictly conducted, overseen and verified by an official from Datron Technology who are acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records and the motoring press as official timekeepers, using state of the art Microsat GPS equipment.

A submission has been sent to the Guinness Book of Records. Video footage and a full data sheet will be released next week.


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  • ultimasimon 02 Apr 2005

    ..and the date is

  • mybrainhurts 02 Apr 2005

    Well done, gents.

    If you're going for Top Gear, let's hope you can set up the handling for that airfield.

    I seem to remember Tuff Noodle criticising a GTR for difficult understeer.

  • mybrainhurts 02 Apr 2005

    Ve seem to haff two threads running....vhy iz zis?

  • mrmaggit 02 Apr 2005

    Well doen, lads. Now, I've got the double garage sorted out, ie move house in a about 4 weeks, just got to find a suitable shed for the motorbikes.........oh yes, and convince the other half that I could keep my temper under control during the build process. Hmmm.

  • 4wd 02 Apr 2005


    It would be an outrage if this doesn't appear on the top gear lap times.

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