British equipment automobile specialist Ultima Sports activities has launched a documentary chronicling its 39-year historical past. The roughly hour-long documentary has every part you want to find out about this small-but-prolific builder of efficiency vehicles.
Ultima’s story begins in 1983, when Lee Noble (who would go on to start out Noble Automotive) based Noble Motorsport and designed the Ultima Mk 1 race automobile. It had a square-tube spaceframe chassis, the V-6 engine and transmission from a Renault 30, and different elements borrowed from Ford, Lancia, and Austin.
Earlier than buyer deliveries of the Mk 1 might start, Noble launched a modified Mk 2 model. The Mk 2 grew to become pretty profitable in racing, particularly after Ted Marlow, the corporate’s first buyer, fitted a Chevrolet small-block V-8.
Ultima Mk 3 with McLaren F1 V-12
In the meantime, Noble Motorsport launched a Mk 3 model with a brand new physique. Two of those have been bought to McLaren, which used them as testbeds for its F1 supercar, which was present process improvement on the time. One automobile, nicknamed Edward, was even fitted with the F1’s BMW-sourced V-12. Each have been destroyed after testing was accomplished.
Marlow bought the Ultima model from Noble Motorsport in 1992, together with all rights, jibs, and molds for the Mk 2 and Mk 3. He sought to make the Mk 3 extra refined and extra usable as a highway automobile, and in addition started exporting vehicles to the U.S.
The brand new path resulted within the Ultima Sports activities coupe and Spyder roadster, each launched within the mid-Nineties. They have been outdated by the GTR coupe and Can-Am roadster within the early 2000s, which in flip have been changed by the Ultima Evolution (out there in each coupe and convertible type) in 2015.
Shortly after the Evolution fashions have been launched, work started on a brand new flagship dubbed the Ultima RS. Unveiled on the 2019 Goodwood Competition of Velocity, the automobile is designed to assist quite a lot of engines, essentially the most highly effective being a tuned model of the LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 from the C7 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. That engine produces 1,200 hp within the Ultima, getting the RS from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, and on to a 250-mph high velocity, in response to the corporate.
Ultima’s present lineup contains the RS and the Evolution coupe and convertible. The corporate affords turnkey builds however, just like the early Mk 2 and Mk 3, prospects even have the choice of ordering elements for self meeting.