British sports car firm laps circuit quicker than Schuey in FXX
27 October 2009

British sports car company Ultima claims to have beaten the Top Gear lap record held by Michael Schumacher in a £1million track day Ferrari FXX.

In an unofficial attempt Ultima booked out the test track and completed a circuit in a GTR720 road car in 1min 9.9sec, almost a second quicker than the Ferrari’s 1min 10.7sec lap.

The BBC is understood to have repeatedly denied offers to test the Ultima on Top Gear saying the car would not clear a speed hump, which Ultima denies.

"We are all absolutely thrilled with this lap record," said Richard Marlow, Director of Ultima Sports. "I could see that the Formula 1 inspired Ferrari FXX looked supremely quick in the hands of Michael Schumacher, but I had every belief that it wasn't a match for our legendary Ultima GTR720 road car."

“I would also like to clarify to everybody that our GTR720 will clear all speed humps and anybody whom doubts this fact is welcome to visit our factory so that we can demonstrate this to them first hand." Twitter - follow autocar.co.uk

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27 October 2009

So does this mean the Ultima is as fast as the Carparo T1? I wouldn't think the ultima could accelerate, brake or corner at anything like the speed a T1 could.

Also its interesting then that Farrari could have made the FXX faster by just leaving out all the technical wizadry.

27 October 2009

Hold your horses, i reckon the time came from setup. Ultima spent a day at the track to get that time. Schumacher would have needed to have spent a day on it also and a Ferrari pit team to do all the setup changes to dial in the car to get a time, which might not have happened or felt the need to do once they had the time they got. Even an F1 car that arrives for a weekend grand prix has to spend quite a bit of time in practice to get the setup right even on circuits they know very well, sometimes even over 2 days they stil havent got it right for the race. so i think at this level of performance on supercars, its down to track time and engineers and support crews.

27 October 2009

Credit where credit is due, they beat Schumacher’s time in a £1million track day Ferrari FXX in a track day car most could afford if they were into that sort of thing; impressive.

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27 October 2009

Schumacher was driving that black FXX?

27 October 2009

[quote Broom Broom]Schumacher was driving that black FXX?[/quote]

He was the stand in Stig when they set the FXX lap time on Top Gear.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

27 October 2009

Extraordinary commitment at the follow through, the fastest I've ever seen a car go round there.

Those that say it was all down to set up should realise that Ferrari didn't simply pull an FXX out of a crate and send Schumacher to the start line, they would have arrived with an army of technicians who would've spent the day fettling the thing.

I love a giant killer.

27 October 2009

They're right about the speed bumps. There's a guy around the corner from me who has one. And there's at least 3 speed humps between him and any public road.

27 October 2009

I've been out in an Ultima with Ted Marlow (the owner of the company) driving. Jesus, they're bloody fast. He told me then (this was two years ago) that they had the unofficial lap record but that TG had refused to invite them officially. This isn't news.

If I wasn't so incompetent, I'd have a stab at building an Ultima.

27 October 2009

Well done Ultima, lots of good videos on Youtube, including the amazing 0-100-0 record.

I can't understand why the BBC are being so dismissive; perhaps someone who has built a GTR could offer their car to The Stig for a "one off lap"? (and bring their own speed bumps, obviously).

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

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