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 as we all know, there are road tyres and then there are road tyres. I suspect a Caterham and certainly a road legal Radical would better this if fitted with road legal Avon ACB10's.
smele21 Apr 2005
Very imnpressive. I hope that more records mean more recognition for the Ultima and perhaps give it the supercar reputation that it deserves.
Right, better get myself one.
gdr21 Apr 2005
Is that with Kumho V70a's on??
stig21 Apr 2005
Blimey, there will be no more records to break at this rate
For anyone who thought Ultimas were only good in a straight line, well, stick that in your pipe
sjoerd198021 Apr 2005
Records are good of course
Just wondering though, how is this car set up ? I mean it is compared against porsches etc which are very streetable. Not trying to do away the performance, I like the ultima a lot, but trying to see things in perspective.