2007 Ultima GTR beats Top Gear Lap Record
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(from Ultima Press
Release) British supercar manufacturers Ultima Sports Ltd
have this week celebrated their 15th year anniversary in style by
obliterating the Top Gear TV Lap Record by over four and a half
seconds in their standard production Ultima GTR720 road car, which
was a record previously held by the Swedish Koenigsegg CXX.
Driven by Ultimas own Stig, the standard production 200 + mph Ultima GTR720 equipped with fully e-marked road tyres which was driven to the test venue, recorded a blistering fully verified lap time of 1min12.8secs, demolishing the previous record held by the 415,000 Koenigsegg CXX of 1min17.6secs. The record attempt was organized by Ultima Sports Ltd themselves in conjunction with Plans Motorsport after apparently being overlooked by the producers at Top Gear TV over the last couple of years despite repeated approaches.
Richard Marlow, Director of Ultima Sports Ltd commented,
"It came as no surprise to any of us here at the factory that on our very first hot lap in the Ultima GTR the Top Gear TV Lap Record was well and truly beaten leaving all other supercars in its wake which accurately demonstrates the all round performance envelope of the Ultima GTR. I always knew that the GTR could take the crown with ease by a simply huge margin, the fully verified lap time data shows that in a head to head race with the 450,000 Ferrari Enzo the Ultima GTR would lap it every 12 laps! What we have achieved over the last few years with this and all of our previous officially verified world record runs is a clean sweep of the majority of recognized performance parameters in existence all held at the same time. We have collated more independently verified evidence demonstrating the world leading performance statistics of our standard road car than any other car manufacturer in history. Its truly a fantastic feeling which we are all extremely proud of here at Ultima Sports, and whats more these were achieved with just our GTR720 model, we have recently announced a more powerful and faster GTR800 variant for those whom want even more.
It is typical of our company tradition
to have set the fastest lap time in history with a relatively
affordable supercar which retails in stock form for around one tenth
the price of the majority of the supercar competition, and is yet
another accomplishment for the automotive history books which
perfectly conveys our company philosophy of producing useable,
exciting Le Mans inspired GT road cars with unbeatable road presence
and giant killing performance. This aptly illustrates the rationale
behind the global success of Ultima Sports Ltd since the company was
formed in 1992"
Ted Marlow, Managing Director of Ultima Sports Ltd commented,
"We were forced into having to achieve this Top Gear TV track record independently as despite repeated approaches by ourselves, customers and worldwide Ultima fans to Top Gear TV with a view to having the Ultima GTR720 timed around the Top Gear track and road test, no invites were forthcoming.
This was a superb opportunity for us to
validate the superb road holding, aerodynamic ability and handling
finesse of our British product, as this is one of the few tracks in
existence that have verified lap times publicly available for most
of the major worldwide supercars in production today, and we are
delighted to have an Ultima currently leading such a prestigious
performance league table. I was frankly exasperated from watching on
the TV all types of supercars from around the world setting hot laps
with the Stig at the wheel, and decided that the time had come for a
British built supercar to have a crack at the record as I was always
confident that our standard product could comfortably take the
crown. We have frankly destroyed the existing lap record which
proves yet again that the Ultima GTR is in a league of its own"
The event was conducted in conjunction with Plans Motorsport whom were present at the test to oversee and witness the successful road car lap record attempt, their own GPS Race Technology DL1 data logging equipment was fitted to the car for a full set of independently verified lap time data.
The Ultima GTR720 tested is a full road going car with compliant suspension and often used as a daily driver. All the vehicles produced by Ultima Sports Ltd have the usual road luxuries such as air conditioning, ICE, leather trim, sealed luggage carrying compartments and of course road car levels of ground clearance suitable for speed humps and other road obstacles. The Ultima GTR720 is equipped with a standard 5 speed Porsche G50-03 transmission and a standard production option 720bhp engine from the OE engine suppliers American Speed (www.amerspeed.com).
TOP GEAR TV LAP RECORD TIMES TOP TEN
1. Ultima GTR - 1 min 12.8
2. Koenigsegg CXX (with Top Gear spoiler) - 1 min 17.6 secs
3. Pagani Zonda F - 1 min 18.4 secs
4. Maserati MC12 - 1 min 18.9 secs
5. Ferrari Enzo - 1 min 19.0 secs
6. Ariel Atom - 1 min 19.5 secs
7. Porsche Carrera GT - 1 min 19.8 secs
8. Koenigsegg CXX (without Top Gear spoiler) - 1 min 20.4 secs
9. Ascari KZ1 - 1 min 20.7 secs
10. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - 1 min 20.9 secs
PERFORMANCE FIGURES FOR ULTIMA GTR720
0-60mph - 2.6secs
0-100mph - 5.3secs
30-70mph - 1.8secs
0-100mph-0 - 9.4secs
100mph-0 - 3.6secs
Standing quarter mile - 9.9secs @143mph
Top Speed - 231mph (gearing limited)
Skidpad (200ft) - 1.176g
NOTE: Performance figures independently verified by official Guinness book of world records timekeepers Datron Technology using GPS timing gear during successful official road car world record runs on road tyres.