Every now and then we Brits like to remind the world there’s more to us than silly accents and bad teeth ─ and the Ultima Evolution is perfect for that.
This British-built monster has already proven itself as a car so fast the laws of physic takes the day off when you put your foot down, but now it has many more horses. Think 1,020 in its top race configuration, yet is somehow completely road legal.
Let’s look at some stats. 0-60mph? 2.3 seconds if you have the balls to floor the accelerator. 0-100mph? 4.9 seconds if you can shift through the manual gearbox fast enough. 0 to 100mph then back to 0? How about 8.8 seconds. Oh and the top speed is 240mph.
No wonder, then, the Bugatti Veyron and other hypercars shouldn’t just be afraid, they should be packing their bags and going into hiding. Its 6.2-litre V8 from a Chevrolet only has to pull around a mere 950kg of weight, which is less than half the Veyron.
Now before you start saying a big engine strapped to a few bits of well-positioned metal does not make a talented performer, except this is Ultima we’re talking about. Its GTR was on track to lap the Nurburgring in less than seven minutes – 30 seconds faster than a Pagani Zonda F – were it not for rain and limited track time.
Those who plan to see their families again can opt for one of 14 lesser power outputs, the lowest starting from a more sane 350bhp. But try to avoid getting too comfy in the rear-wheel drive rocket because there are no namby pamby electronic systems.
The video is a bit of a tease because it fails to show just how utterly deranged this vehicle will undoubtedly be and there’s not enough of the engine roar. We hope Ultima will hand it over to someone talented soul with a death wish and film the outcome.
Perhaps best of all is the price. Okay, so most of us will find £95,995 a bit of a stretch but that is nothing for a car that could put the far pricier McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder in their places.