I’ve been speaking to a couple of readers who have recently placed orders for the latest model from Ultima Sports, the RS Coupe, this week. Very excited boys, both of them!

Billed by the factory as the culmination of all the things that they’ve learnt over the years – the Marlows have been custodians of the marque since 1992 – and as such features the very best of everything it’s possible for them to produce.

The RS model uses either GM LS (LS3, LS7 or LSA) series or the recommended current LT generation, which feature LT1 (480bhp), LT4 (650bhp) or the brand new LT5 Supercharged version kicking out around 800bhp, although Richard Marlow was telling me that tuning packages can take this figure up to some 1200bhp!

In case you were wondering the EVO models (Coupe and Convertible) remain available.

The Ultima RS features the latest development of the company’s spaceframe chassis with welded rollcage in 45mm CDS, powdercoated in satin black and internally panelled in NS4 alloy sheet.

Suspension all-round comes by way of unequal length wishbones, with alloy uprights in LM25. A hydraulic lift kit option is available. Meanwhile, brakes are bespoke Ultima items by AP Racing with 322mm discs all-round with four-pot calipers as standard. An option brings six-pot calipers with 362mm curved vanes discs.

The company’s GRP is amongst the best in the business and is supplied in a gelcoat finish (eleven standard colours) with plenty of other parts such as air ducts and diffusers in carbon fibre. The composite material is also used on the full-width, wind tunnel tested 1780mm rear wing.

This comes with nine different angles of attack (ranging from a minimum -2-degrees up to a maximum +14-degrees.

Obviously, these days the interior is just as spectacular with AIM MXL dashpod and loads of carbon, Alcantara and leather used on the seats and dashboard while air conditioning is standard.

How much? Hmm, you won’t build one for 5K although you might be able to DIY build one for around £75,000 although options and more powerful engines soon add to the bottom line. Turnkey prices are dependent on specification although Ultima Sports is happy to provide you with a quote.

The Hinckley-based company are clearly very busy with waiting lists for fully built cars hitting two years and kit packages currently standing at 22-weeks.

So, a kitcar to be really proud of and another example of how far our industry has come in recent years. What’s the old cliché? Back in the day, schoolboys would throw stones at swoopy looking kitcars – they won’t at kitcar like an Ultima RS! Even a ‘slow’ one, powered by LT1 V8 will storm to 60mph in three-seconds flat!

More information is available via www.ultimasports.co.uk or 01455 631 366 ENDS.