Ever tuned a car up to its maximum potential on Forza or Gran Turismo, and ended up with a 1000bhp Skyline GTR, or 500bhp Lotus Elise? Ever thought 'imagine what this sort of ultimate, money-no-object mod-job would be like in real life'? You'd get something crazy, like a flyweight Ultima GTR track car putting out the power of a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport AND a BMW M5 combined... Here's just that; the outstanding Black Falcon Ultima 427 TT GTR by Nelson Racing Engines. In the all-time list of world's craziest cars, this would give the Batmobile and time-travelling DeLorean a run for their money - and this thing is no movie car.
In case you need a quick refresher, Ultima is a UK-based kit car maker based in Leicestershire near Noble's home garage. Sports car genius Lee Noble helped design the GTR, which, Ultima recommend, you fit with a Chevrolet small-block V8 for best results. Its own 720bhp model currently holds the world records for a road legal car on road tyres with a road exhaust: 0-60mph in 2.6sec, 0-100mph in 5.2sec, 30-70mph in 1.8sec and a Top Gear lap record of 1 min 12.8sec (never featured on the BBC show).
So yeah, it's a quick piece of kit, with 720bhp. The quickest, in fact. And then the Americans add another one thousand horsepower. The Black Falcon NRE GTR uses a twin-turbocharged, 7.0-litre V8 with trick air-to-air intercoolers to deliver 1726bhp on racing fuel. On regular pump juice, it's only at Veyron levels, with 1210bhp. At 1300kg, it's a huge 310kg heavier than a regular Ultima GTR, (though still lighter than a Ferrari 458) and thanks to the extra weight and naff-all traction even on racing slicks, slower to 62mph - it takes a whole 2.7sec. What's clever here isn't the massive power though: it's the Black Falcon Ultima's level of finish. This isn't some stretched out, mega-power Lotus like the Hennessey Venom I'm not keen on. Here you get an Alcantara trimmed interior, carbon body parts, gold-plated details and even iPhone connectivity. This is a quality tuner car, that just happens to have performance usually associated to a machine with 'NASA' written down the side.