This new British supercar is absolutely bonkers. And yes, it's road legal.
We’re seeing a resurgence of British supercars right now. Earlier this year at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Ginetta made a comeback with the 600-hp Akula limited to just 20 examples. More recently, Lotus teased its upcoming 1,000-hp Type 130 supercar, which will debut next month. Now, Ultima has revealed its most extreme car yet: the RS. Due to make its public debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed next month, the 2019 Ultima RS will be available in several configurations.
The chassis has been engineered to fit all current LT V8 engines from Chevrolet, starting with the 480-hp LT1. If you want even more power, you can opt for the 650-hp LT4 from the Z06, or the supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 used in the current ZR1 modified to deliver 800 horsepower. If that still isn’t enough power, Ultima even offers a 1,200-hp upgrade pack for the LT5. And yes, the 2019 Ultima RS is street legal. The RS tips the scales at just 2,050 pounds, though the car’s weight depends on the powertrain and options selected. Ultima claims the entry-level LT1-powered RS can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds, 100 mph in just 6.2 and top out at over 180 mph.
Opt for the LT4 configuration, and 0-62 mph takes 2.5 seconds, 0-100 mph takes 5.2 seconds, and top speed stands at 210 mph. The standard LT5, on the other hand, does 62 mph in 2.3 seconds, 100 mph in 4.8 seconds and hits a top speed of over 250 mph. No performance figures have been announced for the tuned, 1,200-hp LT5, but we wouldn’t be surprised if its performance is on par with the likes of Bugatti and Koenigsegg. All models come equipped with a Porsche-sourced six-speed manual transmission.
The design is inspired by Group-C endurance racers from the 1980s and 1990s such as the Porsche 956 and Jaguar XJR-12 and features plenty of downforce-generating aerodynamics to keep it glued to the track, including a chassis-mounted front splitter, vortex generators, large rear diffuser, and a massive rear wing.
While the RS is clearly track-focused, Ultima offers a selection of comfort features to make the RS more road-friendly, including air conditioning, navigation, rearview camera, parking sensors, and leather- or Alcantara-upholstered seats with lumbar support. LED headlights with running lights are also available.
Braking is provided by AP Racing 12.6-inch discs and four-pot calipers at all four corners as standard, or these can be upgraded to 14.2-inch discs with six-piston calipers. The Ultima RS also rides on 19-inch lightweight wheels and features copious amounts of carbon fiber to keep it as light as a feather. Owners can build the RS themselves or have Ultima build it for them at the factory in either left- or right-hand drive configurations.