·  Lee Noble, acclaimed automotive engineer and designer, sets up Noble Motorsport Ltd and launches the Ultima Mk1.
·  The Ultima Mk1 had a square tube space frame chassis, Ford Cortina front uprights/brakes/steering, Austin Princess radiator and Renault front uprights/brakes on the rear. The V6 engine and transmission were taken from a Renault 30.
·  Original brochure:
·  First seen in “Kitcars and Specials” magazine:

·  Before any cars were sold the Ultima Mk2 was developed using 99% of the Ultima Mk1 demonstrator car which replaced the problematic Renault rear suspension with Noble Motorsports own alloy uprights which were machined to accept a Renault wheel bearing and Lancia Beta rear brakes.
·  Chassis for the Ultima Mk2:
·  The Ultima MK2 is featured in a promotional article and photoshoot in Sports Car Monthly Magazine alongside a genuine Porsche 956 race car.
·  Ted Marlow becomes Noble Motorsports first customer for an Ultima by purchasing an Ultima Mk2 with Ford 3.1litre V6 Essex power.
·  Ted Marlow's Ultima Mk 2:
·  Lee Noble and Ted Marlow promoting the cars in a photo shoot at Newark market centre:
·  Lee Noble and Ted Marlow go on to race their cars in a race series sponsored by Ted Marlow's Civil Engineering company.
·  Ted Marlow's Ultima Mk 2 at Mallory:
·  Ted Marlow cutting Lee Noble off at the Mallory Park hairpin in a debate over 1st and 2nd positions:
·  After race discussion between Ted Marlow (front) and Lee Noble (rear) several races later once the red mist had lifted:
·  Lee Noble goes on to win the series.
·  Ted Marlow re-engineers his Ultima Mk2 to accept a small block Chevrolet V8 coupled to a four speed Porsche transaxle along with revised suspension and bodywork:
·  Ted Marlow fits a small block Chevrolet V8 Formula 5000 based engine into his Ultima Mk2:
·  Ted Marlow decides to modify the rear bodywork of his Ultima Mk2:
·  Ted Marlow's Ultima Mk2 records many race wins in a race series now sponsored by Forwell Designs:
·  Ted Marlow wins at Oulton Park in heavy rain:
·  Ted Marlow builds a small block Chevrolet 377cu ins (6.2litre) V8 using a bowtie block and Kinsler injection to give a higher torque figure and improve corner exit speeds:

·  Noble Motorsport Ltd commission a new Ultima body to be designed by an aluminium-rolling specialist that was formed in alloy sheet prior to the fibreglass moulds being taken. This shape becomes the Ultima Mk3.
·  The Ultima Mk2 production ceases.
·  Noble Motorsport Ltd designs a new space frame chassis and the Ultima Mk3 is launched still only offered with V6 Renault power and donor parts:
·  An Ultima Spyder prototype is built by Noble Motorsport Ltd in race form only:
·  Other customers copy Ted Marlow's philosophy and fit small block Chevrolet V8 engines into their Ultima racecars:
·  Chevrolet V8 powered Ultima cars dominate races for five years. Taking championship victories every season.
·  Ultima cars hold the outright lap record for any car on road tyres (race regulations stipulated only road tyres could be used) on every circuit they race on.
·  Ted Marlow's Ultima Mk2 leads an Ultima Mk3 and Ultima Spyder prototype into the Mallory Park hairpin on lap one and go on to record yet another Ultima 1-2-3 victory:
·  Ultima Mk2 and an Ultima Mk3 lead the race:
·  Ultima Mk3 and Ultima Spyder prototype start race on the front row of the grid again at Cadwell Park:
·  Ultima Spyder prototype at Cadwell Park going on to win the race:
·  The Ultima marque would often lap the entire field in a race at least once.

·  Ultima effectively banned from racing for being too quick and therefore deemed unfair to other competitors.
·  Ted Marlow purchases an Ultima Mk3 in component form for road use:
·  Ted Marlow builds a Renault V6 with 260bhp that came with his Ultima Mk3 kit and sells the engine on:
·  And re-engineers his entire Ultima Mk3 kit to accept a small block Chevrolet 350cu ins (5.7litre) V8 with Motec injection coupled to a Porsche 4 speed transaxle:
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