£55,000 ($99,270 USD)
liter Chevrolet V8
lbs per hp
hp per liter
(from Ultima Sports
Ltd) Launched in 1999, Ultima's new GTR has guaranteed the
company the strongest possible start to the 21st century.
The exciting GTR was no less than fourteen months in development and
the result is a product that takes the low-volume supercar to new
levels of fit, finish and performance. And the GTR really is a
supercar in every sense of the word. With a top speed of over 200
miles per hour (using the company's high performance engine option)
the new car is more than a match for all but a handful of
competitors. Add into the equation the huge cost of any of these
alternatives and the short list ceases to be a list at all - you're
simply left with Ultima!
The GTR uses the chassis and suspension package already road and
race tested in the company's existing Sports model, but from here on
the GTR has required a comprehensive redesign. Not a single panel is
carried over onto the new car and, whilst the result gives the GTR a
smoother more productionised feel, there's considerably more to it
than just a fashion upgrade...
Aerodynamic efficiency has been of paramount importance on a car
that is capable of over 200mph. Attention has centred around
lengthening the rear of the car to help clean up the airflow and
thus improve downforce. These developments have been comprehensively
tested at MIRA (the Motor Industry Research Association) where the
group was so impressed by the results that it was happy to have the
Ultima GTR as the centre of its show display at the 2000 Autosport
International show at the NEC in Birmingham.
Whilst the GTR can be ordered as a turnkey supercar, it is also
available in component form, for assembly by the home enthusiast. As
part of the GTR's gestation period, a great deal of time was spent
to ensure that this is the easiest of all Ultima's models to put
together and enjoy.
The ultra clean look of the GTR has not been achieved through luck,
but rather by design. The production car feel of this latest model
is immediately apparent, from the specially moulded headlight
housings and covers to the immaculate panel fit and lack of any
external body catches. Larger 18" wheels front and back help to fill
the re-profiled wheelarches while even items such as the
purpose-made wing mirrors combine to create the complete picture.
The end result is a car that's causing a real sensation wherever
it's seen. David Vivian, one of the UK's leading magazine test
drivers recently commented, "Never mind the new 911 Turbo, be
unconcerned about any Ferrari, F50 included. The only road car
swifter than the Ultima is the McLaren F1, and then not by much. On
a performance-per-£ reckoning, of course, the GTR destroys that,
Further afield, the GTR is also gaining momentum following major
launches in America, South Africa, Australia and Japan. The official
Ultima web site now has a large section specifically for US
So, whichever way you look at it, the GTR looks set to continue
Ultima's tradition for producing some of the most exciting road cars
available anywhere in the world today.