RE: Ultima GTR | Spotted

RE: Ultima GTR | Spotted

Thursday 27th June

Ultima GTR | Spotted

Fancy obliterating your internal organs? Look no further than the barmy Ultima GTR



The British car industry might look different today to how it once did, but if there's been one constant through the decades, it's our global dominance in ultra-focussed, lightweight sports cars. Lotus and Caterham have been doing it for decades, with Atom, Radical and Noble, and more recently BAC, there to really hammer the point home. But, in terms of where its range starts from, maddest of the lot is Ultima - the Leicestershire company shot out of the starting blocks with a GTR capable of hitting 62mph in 3.3 seconds.

That sprint time was for the 'base' model, which used a Chevy small-block V8 producing 350hp. But Ultima, which was formed in 1992, made its name from the higher output variants, which included the 640 from 2005 and, at the peak of the GTR range, 720 - the numbers representing their outputs in imperial horsepower (so 649hp and 730hp respectively). Like its siblings, the 720 used an LS V8, but this one was of 7.0 litres, which was a whole lotta muscle for a car weighing only 1,050kg.


The thumping LS7, mounted midship in Ultima's race-derived spaceframe chassis, could accelerate the car from 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds, to 100mph in 5.3 seconds and, perhaps most impressively, to 150mph in 10.4 seconds. And remember, this was a vehicle wearing road tyres and number plates - albeit one that had more in common with a GT1 racing car than most tax-able passenger cars - that made use of a proper manual gearbox and had no electronic aids. There ain't no replacement for displacement and, in this scenario, a featherweight chassis.

That prototype-aping bodywork helped, too, of course, with the GTR cutting through the air at a height below most car bonnets. It was clearly designed with low drag in mind, although the fixed rear wing provided enough downforce to enable suitably rapid high-speed manoeuvrability. Such were the car's limits that it was at its best on circuit, hence the decision for several owners - many of whom have opted to build their cars themselves rather than opting for Ultima's turnkey option - to kit the interior out with motorsport trimmings.


Some went further and actually built their car to racing specification, with one conforming to GT2 regulations and another competing in Belgium with an E36 M3 straight-six. One of the most appealing factors of an Ultima was the fact that its chassis was developed from the off to be capable of handling up to 2,000hp, so while Ultima's factory-made range was capped by the 720, there was little (money and technical know-how aside) stopping an owner pushing things a lot further.

As a used prospect, however, we'd be focussing our attention on the factory-finished cars because, well, we wouldn't feel so happy sat at 150mph in even the most carefully made DIY build. Anyway, Ultima's expertise meant that cabins made at its base could be properly trimmed, like the one inside today's Spotted. It's a 2012 model with 11,550 miles on the clock, emphasising the relative usability afforded by a car with leather seats, air conditioning and electric power steering. It's got plenty of racy upgrades, too, including the Ultima Evo radiator, an engine remap from Wortech and six-point harnesses. But the inclusion of a Bluetooth stereo system and reversing camera may be the factors that help this car stand out as a more appealing option. Not that you've much choice with Ultimas, of course, because only two GTRs are advertised on the classifieds, but then why would you bother with anything else?


SPECIFICATION - ULTIMA GTR 720
Engine:
6,997cc V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive with mechanical LSD
Power (hp): 730@6,400rpm
Torque (lb ft): 580@4,800rpm
MPG: Not much
CO2: Much
Recorded mileage: 11,550
First registered: 2012
Price new: N/A (car dependant)
Yours for: £70,000

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redroadster

Original Poster:

942 posts

175 months

Thursday 27th June
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As you can buy fully built from factory it should get better coverage in press .The new model looks v nice amazing performance .

treeroy

450 posts

28 months

Thursday 27th June
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if Forza is anything to go by, these are crazy.

Gameface

9,022 posts

20 months

Thursday 27th June
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That particular one looks odd to my eyes for some reason.

Obviously the wheels are awful but I think it's the grey interior trim around the windscreen that makes it look strange.

steveb8189

231 posts

134 months

Thursday 27th June
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The bluetooth stereo may make it standout but surely it's completely useless in anything other than a traffic jam

Turbobanana

1,401 posts

144 months

Thursday 27th June
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Gameface said:
That particular one looks odd to my eyes for some reason.

Obviously the wheels are awful but I think it's the grey interior trim around the windscreen that makes it look strange.
Agreed.

Also...

PH said:
As a used prospect, however, we'd be focussing our attention on the factory-finished cars because, well, we wouldn't feel so happy sat at 150mph in even the most carefully made DIY build.
Ad said:
We have the original build paperwork with this car which shows real attention to detail in the options chosen, and a large percentage of parts directly from Ultima themselves
Unless I'm missing something, the ad does not state that it's factory built. In fact the reference to "a large percentage of parts from Ultima themselves" suggests it's home built.

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Gameface

9,022 posts

20 months

Thursday 27th June
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Needs wider front wheels or spacers too.

PoopahScoopah

249 posts

68 months

Thursday 27th June
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Might have been nice to mention that whilst Ultima as a company was founded in 1992, the car had actually been in existence since the early 80's having been designed and built by Lee noble and then sold to Ultima. Back then part of the attraction was that it could accommodate quite a range of engines (and therefore budgets). And although the GTR has had a reputation for several years now as being a giant slayer, there's been examples of some stupid BHP versions over the years where owners have chosen something other than the usual Chevy V8.

The new model looks the dogs nuts IMO and was well overdue some modernisation. But I'd still give a kidney for one of these older ones, kit car styling be damned.

PATTERNPART

651 posts

144 months

Thursday 27th June
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Didn't the body shape come off a 70's McLaren M6 or something?

pSyCoSiS

2,484 posts

148 months

Thursday 27th June
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For me, this would be the ultimate track toy. Maybe not as nimble as the Lotus / Caterham / Westfield, but certainly more lairy to drive.

Sford

151 posts

93 months

Thursday 27th June
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So now to sit and mull over which engine to put in one. Surely that's the debate we should be having.

M5 V10
Audi V10
Some sort of BMW straight 6

sr.guiri

292 posts

32 months

Thursday 27th June
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Sford said:
So now to sit and mull over which engine to put in one. Surely that's the debate we should be having.

M5 V10
Audi V10
Some sort of BMW straight 6
Hmmmm.....you don't like the idea of a 7L V8 with nearly 600lb/ft torque at less than 5000rpm?

WCZ

6,689 posts

137 months

Thursday 27th June
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redroadster said:
As you can buy fully built from factory it should get better coverage in press .The new model looks v nice amazing performance .
this. hope the ultima rs actually gets some coverage and gets the acclaim it deserves, it makes me suspicious tbh

big_rob_sydney

2,350 posts

137 months

Thursday 27th June
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Sford said:
So now to sit and mull over which engine to put in one. Surely that's the debate we should be having.

M5 V10
Audi V10
Some sort of BMW straight 6
Theres a video somewhere of someone with a standard block Lexus v8 (for all of £500), pushing twin turbos, and around 1400 bhp. I think it was Sweden, maybe, and was doing a 0-300 kph run.

Much love for these, and the new ones look great.

RobM77

32,381 posts

177 months

Thursday 27th June
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sr.guiri said:
Sford said:
So now to sit and mull over which engine to put in one. Surely that's the debate we should be having.

M5 V10
Audi V10
Some sort of BMW straight 6
Hmmmm.....you don't like the idea of a 7L V8 with nearly 600lb/ft torque at less than 5000rpm?
I like it, but despite being a V8 owner, I must say I prefer a high revving V10. E60 V10 for me in one of these cloud9

sr.guiri

292 posts

32 months

Thursday 27th June
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I test drove a GTR in the 90s.....it had about 600hp and remember, most super cars at the time had "only" about 350 to 400hp and were a good 30 to 50% heavier.

I owned one of the first TVR Cerbies at the time and decided to stick with that rather than going down the Ultima route. My TVR used to get me to meetings, the supermarket etc and I couldn't see myself doing any of that in the Ultima.

In hindsight, I should've bought it and just had it for track use and got myself a cheap run about for everything else, but being young I wanted to be seen in something expensive. No way could I possibly drive on public roads in a cheap hatchback - youth, huh?

I now drive a VW camper, 1959. The attention it receives is BONKERS (BTW, I don't live in the UK where they are more common). It's bonkers to the point where at times I dread stopping at gas stations - I don't want to enter into 15 min conversations about it's history nearly everytime I stop.

I guess having one of these in the UK, you'd have similar experiences. You only go out in it to buy a newspaper yet you'd be gone all morning repeating the same story to everyone you meet. It get's bloody tiring.

Lovely bit of kit, but it'd need a set of slicks and a cage for me.


deadscoob

2,054 posts

203 months

Thursday 27th June
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I think the colour combo of the wheels makes the fronts appear more inset than they are. I used to have the same wheels but a single colour and they looked quite different.

sideways man

655 posts

80 months

Thursday 27th June
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One of these is my lottery win car. I’ve never driven or even sat in one, but I don’t care. It’s beautiful and will make just the best noise,

cib24

776 posts

96 months

Thursday 27th June
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Sford said:
So now to sit and mull over which engine to put in one. Surely that's the debate we should be having.

M5 V10
Audi V10
Some sort of BMW straight 6
26b 4 rotor




AndySheff

5,834 posts

150 months

Thursday 27th June
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big_rob_sydney said:
Theres a video somewhere of someone with a standard block Lexus v8 (for all of £500), pushing twin turbos, and around 1400 bhp. I think it was Sweden, maybe, and was doing a 0-300 kph run.

Much love for these, and the new ones look great.
I've worked with the guy !

soad

30,117 posts

119 months

Thursday 27th June
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steveb8189 said:
The bluetooth stereo may make it standout but surely it's completely useless in anything other than a traffic jam
Never bothered the Stig. Even with the helmet on (and earplugs?). hehe