Ultima Misses Chance To Set New ‘Ring Record

Written by tonks on July 9, 2008

Ultima GTRWe were all excited to watch the Ultima GTR720 try to attempt the Nurburgring Road Car lap Record. There is no question that the car has power behind it. The 720bhp Chevy V8 that powers it gives the car the ability to reach 231 mph. They were hoping to do a 7 minute lap – which would beat out the time of 7:27.82 that was reached by the Zonda F Clubsport in 2007.

Racing driver Tom Coronel, who was to make the attempt, said that the Ultima was “an absolute missile” and “a huge buzz to drive”. “I am confident I can set a new lap record”.

The Nurburgring had to be exclusively booked by Sport Auto Magazine in order for a traffic-free lap of the full 12.8 miles. The full length isn’t available to the public due because of health and safety reasons.

Hopes were dashed though when Ultima arrived with their GTR to find a very wet Nurburgring circuit. Richard Marlow, director of Ultima, said “It was gutting to have had the GPS timing gear all fitted to our Ultima GTR720 with the track booked exclusively for two half-hour sessions on Thursday 3rd July via Sport Auto Magazine, only for the track to be saturated by a torrential downpour, forcing us to abandon the actual lap record run.”

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