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1200bhp Ultima RS revealed to challenge the Koenigsegg Agera RS
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1200bhp Ultima RS revealed to challenge the Koenigsegg Agera RS

Sam Jenkins

1200bhp Ultima RS revealed to challenge the Koenigsegg Agera RS

Leicestershire-based Ultima Sports has been producing absurdly fast, motorsport-inspired machines for 35 years. It has kept the formula same since the first car rolled out of the factory in 1983. In the biggest shake-up in the brand’s history, it has unveiled an entirely new model.

Ultima Sports has derived inspiration from Le Mans cars

The new flagship from Ultima Sports features an all-new body inspired by Group C Le Mans cars, constructed primarily of carbon-fibre for weight saving. Ultima Sports has utilised MIRA’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel to hone its aerodynamics. That makes for an incredible peak downforce of 1000kg and a drag coefficient of 0.304 in certain specifications.

To achieve these numbers, a chassis-mounted front splitter with integrated vortex generators, front dive planes, canards, a rear diffuser and a swan neck top-mounted rear wing all work in unison. In order to aid cooling of the power plant and braking system, NACA ducts, a roof scoop, side scoops and quad wheel arch.

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Under the hood of the Ultima RS

Powering the model is Chevrolet’s bulletproof 6.2-litre V8 LT crate engine in multiple levels of tune. The base LT1 variant produces a ‘mere’ 480bhp. Stepping up to the LT4 for 650bhp and the supercharged LT5 for 800bhp. Should you want to go all-out, the LT5 can also be tuned to a rather ridiculous 1200bhp. Given its (spec-dependant) 930kg kerb weight, the model has a power to weight ratio 1311bhp per tonne.

In range-topping 1200bhp LT5 form, the new Ultima RS hypercar is capable of a claimed 2.3sec 0-60mph time. Along with that it has a 4.8sec 0-161kmph time. It can also cover the standing quarter in just 9.2sec at 251kmph and go on to a top speed of over 402kmph. These figures make even the £2m+ (Rs 17.6 Crore) Koenigsegg Agera RS look a little sluggish, bar top speed. Ultima Sports also claims the new model is one of the quickest decelerating cars on the market, going from 161mph to 0 in a face-altering 3.3sec.

Other details include the use of a six-speed Porsche manual gearbox in all examples, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 and Pilot Sport 4 S tyres, bespoke lightweight forged wheels and 362mm AP Racing discs with upgraded six-pot calipers.

Exact pricing for the Ultima RS is yet to be revealed, but the brand says a self-assembly package starts at around the same price as a new BMW M3. The model will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.