The Ultima range of sports and supercars dates back to the early 80s England, which is where most of them can be found, but there are versions scattered around the world. They’re quite rare to spot outside of the UK, but there are those motorsport fanatics who made a point of getting hold of one. It was also actually easier to get hold of one than a conventional car though, because the Ultima platform was offered as a kit car that owners could build up in their own time and that meant costs could be spread across the time taken to do the build. European clients were and are the ones lucky enough to be able to buy the Ultima GTR as a turnkey project. The PRV V6-powered Ultima Mk1, which is the first one as the name suggests, was limited to a single model in 1983 when it was built by Noble Motorsports though. This was because a redesign (better suspension and brakes) was already in the works that would go on sale by 1989 as the Ultima Mk2, of which just 13 units were sold. Even in limited numbers, the Ultima was making a name for itself in motorsport, and its progress hit the cover of Sports Car Monthly, Kitcars & Specials Magazine and Autochromes Magazine. In 1989 the Mk3 arrived with a new fibreglass body, and it was the last one at the hands of Noble Motorsports, It was just after this that the rights to the Ultima were sold to Ted & Richard Marlow and Ultima Sports was created - that was in 1992.
While the first incarnations featured that PRV V6 engine, the Ultima GTR is suggested to use a Chevy V8, one will drop right in, which is how kit cars are meant to work. If you’re buying a kit you can always option one of the American Speed-built engines that produces 480 kW (640 hp), the same setup used to set some speed and performance records with the car. They say you can also option a 760 kW (1 020 hp) version if you want to get really ridiculous. The best part about kit cars is that you can shoehorn any engine that you like. The SXdrv crew saw one compete in South Africa for many years at private motorsport events with performance to rival serious purpose-built machinery and so this local one was powered by a twin-turbocharged Alfa Romeo V6, an odd choice but one that no one could catch. This car, and his driving skills earned him the nickname The Flying Doctor, because, well, he was a doctor.
Take a look at the YouTube video below about the full history of this iconic British supercar, the Ultima, from its start in the early 80s all the way through to 2020 in this fact-packed and feature-length documentary: The History of Ultima Documentary | UltimaSports. Take note of the comments on the video, you know when the internet has the chance to comment and all the comments are positive, that's saying something.
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