New Ultima RS supercar does 402 km/h (250 mph), creators claim
Automotive designer and engineer Lee Noble produced the first car in the Ultima series in 1983. In the early 1990s, Richard and Ted Marlow purchased the brand and founded Ultima Sports Ltd, a company that still treats us to exquisite and powerful supercars referencing the original Ultima in terms of their exterior design. Things are taking a sharp turn to the modern looks with the announcement of the RS, though.
The Ultima RS bears a certain similarity to its predecessor, and it still comes based on a space-frame chassis, but the bodywork is mostly carbon, and the aero parts are all new. This should translate into far greater aerodynamic efficiency, the company claims. Among other things, the front splitter is now mounted straight onto the chassis, rather than the front apron.
Just like in the good old times, the model comes rear-wheel driven by a Chevrolet V8 hidden behind the seats. There are four power options for the buyer to choose from, 480 hp (358 kW) and 650 hp (485 kW) being naturally aspirated, and 800 hp (596 kW) as well as 1,200 hp (895 kW) made possible owing to a supercharger system. Regardless of your choice, the transmission will always be six-speed manual.
The non-supercharged Ultima RS makes it from zero to 97 km/h (0-60 mph) in 3.3 seconds and tops out at 290 km/h (180 mph). The range-topping 1,200-hp beast accomplishes the sprint in 2.3 seconds and eventually hits 402 km/h (250 mph) in a straight line. Braking the supercar from 161 km/h (100 mph) to standstill takes a mere 3.3 seconds thanks to special Michelin tires and heavy-duty brakes.
The cabin may have a Spartan vibe to it, but extra money buys you leather upholstery, a high-end infotainment system, an air conditioner, power heating for the windshield, and a reverse camera.
Prices are not being discussed just yet, but the manufacturer let it drop that they would start in the BMW M3 area (approx. £60,000). Just keep in mind that the company ships a car kit rather than the actual assembled car by default, meaning you would have to have it assembled at your own cost. If you would rather have a ready car, feel free to ask Ultima Sports Ltd, but be prepared to carry the expenses associated with the delivery and certification in your country and region.
Photos: Ultima Sports Ltd
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