Survival of the fastest: Ultima Evolution leaves other supercars for dead
British carmaker Ultima describes its GTR as "the quickest accelerating and decelerating supercar of all time and multiple world speed record holder." Well, the GTR, along with the Can-Am, is no more. Ultima has announced their replacement, the Evolution.
Gone as they may be, the GTR and and the Can-Am are not forgotten, with the Evolution featuring the same Le Mans Group C-inspired body-shape as its forbears. The chassis has been further developed, however, with Ultima boasting of improved performance, road holding and safety as a result.
Despite this hat-tip to the older models, Ultima is keen to make one thing very clear: the Evolution is a vastly improved supercar in every sense. The firm talks of it being the culmination of over 15 years of continuous research since the launch of the GTR and the Can-Am.
The car is available as a coupé or a convertible. It is powered by a fuel-injected LS Chevrolet V8 engine and is available with over 15 different power level options ranging from 350 bhp to an impressive 1,020 bhp. That's a lot of ponies, but still quite a few less than the best from Hennessey and Koenigsegg. It does, however, weigh just 950 kg (2,094 lb), and that most certainly is among the least of any supercar. As a result, the Evolution is quick.
Ultima says it has already recorded a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, a 0-100 mph (161 km/h) time of 4.9 seconds and a 0-150 mph (241 km/h) time of 8.9 seconds. The standing quarter mile (0.4 km) is reportedly achievable in 9.2 seconds, with the car hitting 156 mph (251 km/h).
Just to be clear, Ultima claims every one of those as a world record. The current list of fastest cars over a standing quarter mile provides a little more context. If it is verified, the Evolution's time will blow the rest of the competition away, smashing LaFerrari's time by a huge 0.5 seconds. Elsewhere, the the Evolution is said to produce 920 lb.ft (1,247 Nm) of torque and tops out at over 240 mph (386 km/h).
The car features a six-speed manual Porsche gearbox with a quick-shift cable change system. It has custom-made coil spring dampers that are fully adjustable for bump, rebound and ride-height, as well as unequal length double-wishbone suspension. Forged one-piece lightweight alloy wheels measure 9 x 18-in at the front and 13.5 x 18-in at the rear and are fitted with Michelin PS2 tires.
For all the high-performance bluster, there are also some points of conspicuous practicality in the Evolution. Rear parking sensors are employed, for example, along with a rear-view reversing camera mounted into the rear grill. LEDs are used for both the headlight and taillight clusters too.
Inside, there is a satnav system, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone system and an Alpine car stereo and speaker system. The steering wheel has wireless integrated button controls and a flat bottom for easier driver access.
Among other interior styling features are a carbon fiber central console, a new-style engine start button and a stainless steel handbrake lever. The seats and dashboard are finished in leather/alcantara trim, with stitching and piping available in a variety of colors.
Ultima is accepting orders for the Evolution now, with prices starting at £65,995 (about US$100,000). The first cars are expected to be delivered in September, with international shipping available.