It’s got a 6.8-litre supercharged V8 under the hood and an interior questioning me whether this thing road legal or not. This is the Ultima Evolution, made by British sports car manufacturer Ultima. There are in fact many different variants of the Evolution. It starts off at just over $55,000 a 350bhp version in kit form and almost $100,000 for a build made by the men at the factory. Add on an extra $40,000 and you’ve got yourself a 1020bhp monster.
To the casual Prius cruiser, $140,000 sounds like way too much to spend on a car in one go. But in perspective, the Evolution produces more horsepower and weighs half as much as a Bugatti Veyron.
And the heart of the car isn’t just on paper. This machine can get off the mark to 60mph (~100kph) in just 2.3 seconds and finish a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds. Yes, this is in fact a 10 second car.
However, it’s held down by top speed of 240mph which is less than a Hennessey Venom GT as well as a Bugatti Veyron. But, a supercar with that amount of power being sold at a price which is (probably) less than your house is a milestone for any car manufacturer.
Power wasn’t the only thing on their mind of course as the Evolution gets the latest, stiffest chassis and fanciest steering and suspension systems from the outgoing GTR which was their previous model. Hopefully that 1020bhp at the wheels wont ignite your rubber and send you head first into the bushes.
“The Ultima has taken its inspiration from the Group C Le Mans race cars and this is something we are very proud of indeed. The Ultima shape is something different and permanent compared to the ever-changing crop of latest supercars.” – Ultima
They didn’t forget to invite everyone to the party either as they offer the Evolution in both coupe and convertible models. The interior isn’t exactly ‘Mercedes Benz” however, but you get what you paid for.
So is the Ultima Evolution a solid competitor? It may not have fancy branding or a luxurious design but it sure will give its fellow hypercars a run for their money on the track.