How many rear wheel drive, mid-engined production vehicles on sale today can you name that are offered with a manual gearbox? If you’re struggling to come up with any (Porsche Cayman is all we’ve got), part of the rationale behind that might be gleaned in this video. Hailing from Russia – where else, really – this lovely Ultima GTR goes through a serious pummeling by way of a ham-fisted driver.
In the clip we see clear evidence that money (and taste) do not always equate to excessive talent. But before we go pointing fingers in judgment, let’s take a look at what an Ultima GTR is comprised of.
Founded in 1992, Ultima Sports is a low volume supercar manufacturer based in the United Kingdom that sells just one model – the Ultima – a car which has set a number of performance records since the GTR model debuted in 2005.
These cars are legitimate monsters. The 720 horsepower version of the Ultima GTR was fast enough to clock an unofficial time around the Top Gear test track that was reported to be more than one second faster than any car on the show’s Power Lap rankings.
A number of different power train combinations will work with the Ultima GTR, but the manufacturer’s recommended pairing is a GM small block V8 and either a Porsche or Getrag transaxle. This configuration is fitted to all turnkey GTRs, and considering how quickly the back end cuts loose in this clip, it’s a safe bet that a similar combo is in use here.