2094lbs. 6.8-liters. Supercharged. 1000BHP. What do all of these numbers mean? A 0-100mph in 4.9 seconds for starters. All of this can be yours with the Ultima Evolution. Ultima has been embarrassing supercars since the mid 80’s, and the Evolution is staying true to its heritage.
Okay, let’s deal with the elephant in the room right off the bat. Yes, it’s essentially a kit car. Yes, for the advertised price it won’t show up on your doorstep looking like the picture in the brochure. Instead, it will probably be on some sort of flatbed with the words ‘some assembly required’ likely scribbled somewhere on the box. But that’s okay. It will come with instructions allowing you to assemble your own car. It will likely be similar to that time you assembled that Ikea desk in your office, albeit with less swearing. What better way to get in touch with your own race car than to assemble it with your own hands?
Phew, glad we got that out of the way. Now we can talk about how incredible the Evolution really is. At a slender 950Kg, the Evolution comes configurable to your comfort level. This means you can get anywhere from 350BHP all the way to a grand slam in the form of 1020BHP. This is where the phrase “go big or go home” really starts to make sense. For the record, that is a power-to-weight ratio better than the Koenigsegg One:1. You know, the 2.8million dollar supercar that made a massive stink about having a 1-to-1 power-to-weight ratio.
So how much does the Ultima Evolution cost? Roughly $120,000 USD. Which is an absolute bargain compared to all the cars it stomps on at the track. To put that in perspective, you could buy 23 Evolutions for the cost of one Koenigsegg.
The engine that Ultima decided was fitting to rocket you past your competition is none other than a Chevrolet LS series rocking 6.8-liters of fury and a supercharger to give it even more grunt. That gives the Evolution the aforementioned 1020BHP with 920FT-lbs of torque. This is delivered to the asphalt through a standard 6-speed transaxle that was sourced from Porsche. Ultima claims even with a standard 6-speed the Evolution will lunge to 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds, 0-100mph in 4.9 and 0-150mph in a blistering 8.9 seconds. But my favorite statistic of all is that the Evolution will do 0-100-0 in 8.8 seconds. Sounds astounding.
While the body is incredibly light it is also supremely efficient, generating massive amounts of downforce while offering plenty of cooling for the rear mounted American muscle. This combined with ultra deep wheels shod in extensive amounts of rubber give the Evolution just as much cornering performance as straight line speed, a must in today’s supercar game.
The cockpit is about as hardcore as it gets, featuring a plethora of gauges as well as a steering-wheel-mounted digital display. The shift linkage is exposed as well as the aluminum in the foot wells. For some unknown reason it has a stereo and some speakers installed, something that seems quite unnecessary with the V8 singing right behind you. Overall the interior of the Evolution doesn’t offer much in the shape of creature comforts. Truthfully though that’s a good thing. The Evolution isn’t a creature comfort. It’s not intended to be practical. It’s intended to be a missile. And Missiles should not have leather interiors with jewel accents and a Rolex built into the dash. No, missiles need flashing lights that tell you how much faster you can go and a gauge to warn you before they explode, and that’s it. And in that regard the interior of the Evolution is perfect.
The Ultima Evolution is a raw attack on the overly primped supercars of today. It’s basic in nature and incredibly fast as a result. On top of all that it’s a bargain and a half compared to today’s cream of the crop. Who says you have to pay to play?