No problem - the Ultima Evolution Coupe and Ultima Evolution Convertible are probably two of the easiest component cars to self assemble and for 75% of our customers this is their first ever build.
The Ultima has been designed, developed and tested over a period of years to be assembled in a single garage by a complete novice who has no previous mechanical or engineering expertise. All the parts are included in the kit down to the last washer, expert guidance is available at every stage, an excellent build manual in CD format is supplied and a build advice line is linked directly to the factory to be answered by a team of expert Ultima builders. As far as our team is concerned there is no such thing as a daft question and in fact any questions that are raised go towards improving the build manual.
Basically prior to delivery to the customer the factory has carried out the work on any part that requires workshop facilities to assemble it. For instance Items like the uprights are supplied with all the bearings pressed in and hubs completely assembled ready to simply bolt to the wishbones. All the aluminium panels are cut to size and all the folds in the panels are pre-formed by the factory. Even the holes for the luggage access have been laser cut to simplify the build. Also all the brackets that are required to fit components are laser cut, bent and formed by the factory ready to bolt onto the car. In short this is a complete self-assembly supercar.
As all the engineering and welding work has been carried out by the factory then consequently the list of equipment that is required to assemble an Ultima is made up of simple hand tools that can be purchased for under GBP200 from any motor factors.
However the most important feature on the Ultima is that all the parts that we supply in the kit are new items that have been specifically designed for the car to fit and be compatible with each other plus they have all been extensively tested to prove they all work with sensational results. Indeed the Ultima has been officially proven to be the fastest supercar in the world with an appropriate power unit.
Should you have any concerns over items like fitting the bodywork then the factory can carry this operation out for you and in fact at any stage the factory could take over a part of your build if desired, though in practice this has not been necessary in the past.
We are very conscious that we are selling a leisure pursuit and therefore will do everything in our power to make your supercar build a pleasurable experience resulting in a car to be proud of.
We also offer a free of charge option to UK customers whereby we will spend a day checking over a customer built vehicle at the factory for total peace of mind (offer only applicable to the original purchaser of the chassis and within a timeframe of 8 weeks of being road registered, otherwise this is a chargeable service). The checklist that we use is made available to overseas customers so that they can carry out their own inspection.
If you still have any doubts about how straightforward it is to assemble the Ultima or are interested in exploring a potential purchase further please do not hesitate to phone our office on 01455 631366 and we will be delighted to arrange a mutually convenient date for a visit to the factory. During your visit it will be our pleasure to show you around several cars under various stages of construction, examine the quality of the parts that we supply, study the comprehensive build manual and take you out as a passenger in one of the demonstrators on some local roads so that you can soak up the Ultima experience first hand.
The Ultima Evolution Coupe and Ultima Evolution Convertible have been designed as road cars and as such have :-
Ample suspension travel
Seat lumber support
Leather or Alcontara trim
Bulkhead and floor carpet
Ample leg room
Easy cockpit access
Gas strut assist for doors and bonnet
Ergonomically designed dashboard and controls
Electrically adjustable wing mirrors
Charging points for sat nav phone etc.
Good turning circle
Lockable doors and fuel caps
Sealed luggage containers
In door storage
Air con or heater/demister
Sufficient ride height for speed humps
Toll booth compatible
Alarm and tracker system options
Low wind noise
Easy to drive
Road clutch and brakes
Superb access to all mechanical parts
Powder coated and plated components
Designed to fit inside a standard house garage
Cockpit noise level similar to a Corvette C5
Moulded rear inner wheel arches
Both models have been road registered in over 40 countries
Unbeatable road presence
There is a new online Ultima Evolution bodywork colour configurator which shows an additional 9 new colour options for our customers to choose from.
Our Company policy is to deal directly with our customers and so all kits are supplied directly from the factory in Hinckley UK to the customer.
The kit has been designed to be assembled by a first time builder and over 75% of our customers fall into this category.
Definitely not. The Ultima is constructed from components specifically designed for the car.
The factory has designed the Ultima to accept the small block Chevrolet V8 from 300bhp to over 1000bhp.
The factory does not recommend fitting alternative engines.
The Ultima has been designed to accept the Porsche 996 and Porsche 997 transaxles. Apart from changing the breather location no other modifications are recommended.
The Porsche transaxle is superbly engineered by Porsche and has an exceptional weight/strength ratio.
The Porsche transaxle fitted to an Ultima has been used successfully with engines over 1000bhp.
The Ultima EVO gear change is central mounted situated close to the steering wheel with a superb billet 6 speed manual H Pattern quick shifter.
The body incorporates a coloured gel coat finish, which does not require painting.
Gel coat is thicker than any paint finish and is resistant to stone chips. It also saves build time and money.
Drivers up to 6’ 10” have fitted in standard Ultima seats with our extended pedal box option.
Over half the kits that Ultima produces are left hand drive.
There are purpose made alloy sealed luggage containers either side of the cockpit accessible from inside the car, space behind the seats and in the doors. Storage is also available behind the access panel under the front section.
Trips abroad are no problem and neither is the weekly supermarket expedition.
A CD version of the manual is sent when the kit is ordered.
Due to the unique design of the Ultima range the factory has a policy of not supplying manuals on general release.
You can spread the overall purchase over as many different build stages/payments as you desire.
An Ultima EVO kit is generally ready for shipping within 16 weeks of the order being placed.
Contact the factory by e-mail or phone to discuss the specification for your kit. The factory will then prepare a spreadsheet listing the parts that will be required to assemble your kit.
Once we have adjusted the spreadsheet to match your requirements this will show the full price and the 25% deposit that we will require to confirm your order.
Within around 16 weeks of receiving your order your kit will be ready to ship and the balance will be required.
Your Ultima kit is then shipped in a plywood crate inside a steel shipping container to your nearest port.
The factory will e-mail the company bank details and you simply instruct your bank to transfer the outstanding funds to that account.
Alternatively Ultima accepts all credit cards and payments via PayPal.
Ultima has designed their own seats that fit which maximise the cockpit space and Headroom. Other seats will fit but may compromise the driving position and headroom.
Export kits are packed in strong packing cases, which prevent damage in transit.
Deliveries to the USA are also packed in steel shipping containers.
As long as the car has been constructed as the factory recommends then the car will pass the IVA test.
An Ultima can be built using a very modest tool kit but can be made easier if a right angle drill is employed. Apart from the cost of a drill all the tools required to build an Ultima could be purchased for a budget of under £200.
The unique teardrop shape of the Ultima means that the door mounted mirrors give a wider field of view than on conventional cars without the blind spot caused by the rear screen pillar so no rear window is required.
The car can be driven at high speeds quite safely without the rear wing so it is only needed to optimise down force and 200+mph runs.
Ultima EVO cars can be factory built to special order.
Ultima manufacture their own wheels to fit their cars and are the only type that the company recommends.
Yes the doors are watertight.
Yes – normal key operation.
The Ultima Evolution Coupe and Ultima Evolution Convertible have adjustable suspension and the ride quality can easily be selected by changing the damper settings via an adjustment knob at the base of each damper in a matter of minutes.
The factory can supply every part to build your kit down to the last nut, bolt and washer apart from the Chevrolet engine.
American Speed Inc. Illinois, USA (www.amerspeed.com). This company offers superb engine packages specifically designed to drop straight into your Ultima.
The Ultima Evolution Coupe and Ultima Evolution Convertible have both been designed as road cars so will therefore clear any speed-humps and other obstructions such as ferry ramps.
Rest assured that Ultima staff do spend a lot of time posing in town centres worldwide just to prove this point.
Simply because the doors open upwards unlike front hung doors on ordinary cars that are forced to have some form of opening access.
Tolls and the like are simple to access in this way and more fun than boring windows.
Another benefit of the Ultima gas assist door opening system is that they can be opened in tight parking spaces allowing driver and passenger access unlike cars with ordinary doors.
Perhaps the most important reason for the 3/4 opening doors is that it allows for a huge 12" crumple zone to the side of the driver and passenger offering superior protection over front hung doors.
The Ultima will cost approximately the same to build as a top of the range Cobra replica.
Please bear in mind however that the Ultima uses all new purpose designed components unlike other kit cars and therefore the end product is a brand new vehicle rather than one based on used parts.
Another of the items that set the Ultima apart from most of its competitors is the fact that the exceptional quality of the body means that it does not require painting that in itself can be a costly item not to mention the extra time and mess that this involves.
On a long trip on average 28mpg overall. Blatting the Ultima around country lanes will considerably reduce this figure.
The wheel arch areas have an energy absorbent foam layer built in that reduces impact damage.
Fill one side and carry the fuel pipe over to the other side of the car.
Easy once the correct technique is used. Two or three practices are all it takes.
Feel free to ask the Ultima staff to demonstrate this to you at the next show or factory visit.
The optional helicopter vents that are fitted in the side windows are very effective and ram fresh air into the cockpit at any speed.
The flow can be directed by altering the angle of the vent.
Opening them the other way round exits air from the cockpit.
The air conditioning option is highly effective on extremely hot days and will keep the driver and passenger cool in any conditions. If the heater only option is chosen then air can be circulated around the cockpit using the blower with the heater set at cold.
The helicopter vents are particularly effective for bringing cooling fresh air into the cockpit if desired.
In cooler weather the heater does a great job.