SSC Ultimate Aero 'World's Fastest Production Car'

SSC Ultimate Aero
SSC Ultimate Aero

There's little point in arguing with SSC (Shelby Supercars) when they describe their Ultimate Aero as one of the most extreme vehicles on the road today. After all, it really is. Having the crown as not only the world's most powerful production car, but also recently acquiring 'world's fastest production car', this is an incredible vehicle, boasting 4-figure power and torque statistics and top speeds of a cool 255 mph. And it could be yours to own, pockets permitting.

Performance is squeezed out of a twin-turbo eight-cylinder V-aligned engine, generating one thousand, one hundred and eighty three horsepower (read that again, that's 1183 hp). It beats even its more expensive supercar rivals on power hands down and easily allows the Ultimate Aero to claim 'world's most powerful' production vehicle title. In addition to ridiculously-high raw power, one thousand and ninety four (1094) lb-ft of torque is also on tap, coupled with the Aero's lightweight, aerodynamic body and 'the best handling systems available'.

Tested by Guiness World Records officials in Washington, the vehicle had to drive a pre-determined course, turn around and return within the hour in the opposite direction. With speed recordings on both runs, any discrepancies in course or conditions are ironed out. The Ultimate Aero's first run topped 257.11 mph, with the return run reaching 254.55 mph. Entering the record books will be the averaged figure of 255.83 mph. It nabs the 'fastest production car' title from Bugatti's 253.2 mph Veyron.

Source: SSC
Published Sep 17th, 2007 3:45pm By Sam

SSC Ultimate Aero Charging Towards 'World Fastest Production Car' Record

WEST RICHLAND, WA (08/01/2007) Shelby SuperCars (SSC), manufacturer of the world’s most powerful production car, the Ultimate Aero, announced today that speed testing for the title "World's Fastest Production Car" will be finalized by the end of August. Speed testing is being conducted in the company's home state of Washington and is being validated by Guinness World Records.

There is a standard procedure outlined by Guinness World Records to validate a land speed record. The vehicle must drive the predetermined course, turn around, and drive back the opposite way within one hour. This is to negate any discrepancy there may be in the course or conditions. Top speeds from each run are then averaged to obtain the official speed. This method has been used for decades as the benchmark for land speed record attempts.

Dewetron, a company known for performance testing of missile, train, aerospace, and automotive capabilities will accurately monitor and measure the speed of the Ultimate Aero for the record run. Dewetron’s equipment is so precise that Guinness World Records approved their systems as a replacement for the standard 1,000m laser traps. Dewetron utilizes 4-12 satellites and numerous onboard sensors to track a vehicle's speed.

The lack of access to a US-based proving ground able to accommodate the Ultimate Aero’s top speed presented SSC with a massive challenge. After scouring the country for months, SSC found the solution in their home state of Washington when they were granted the opportunity to close public highways for testing. Finding appropriate roads eligible for closure proved to be a tedious process as SSC’s teams scouted the sites first hand. After a potential site was identified, the company would need to apply for a road closure permit. Hiring police, a crew to man the closed section, and securing insurance for the high-speed test sessions were just a few of the undertakings necessary to be granted the rare closure of public roads.

Since the first test session, SSC has successfully concluded several rounds of high-speed safety and durability testing for each assembly of the Ultimate Aero. During these sessions, SSC was able to verify all the engineering specifications as well as aerodynamic data posted at NASA's Langley wind tunnel. Throughout the test sessions, the measured top speed of the Ultimate Aero continued to rise, achieving a speed of 241.4 mph at a throttle position of only 71% during the latest transmission durability test. After reviewing all test data, Jerod Shelby and the SSC engineering team feel comfortable in maximizing the capabilities of the 1183 hp Ultimate Aero.

For more information on SSC and the upcoming test session visit their new website at www.shelbysupercars.com or contact Motorcars of Las Vegas, the exclusive US dealer for SSC vehicles (www.MotorCarsLV.com).

Related Articles

Add comment

subscribe to comments
comment rules Add comment

Comments (14)

serioussam94 serioussam94
this car is SWEET. More horsepower Than the Veyron 16.4, and it only has one v8 engine with half the cylinders. That is pretty impressive. The fact that it is American made even adds to my love of this car. As for the people who say it looks ugly, the veyron just looks fat, plain and simple. this car is lightweight and super aerodynamic. I LOVE THIS CAR.
Nov 3rd, 2009 12:45am
0 0
kodaself kodaself
i finally got a hold of 1 but didnt buy it way to much but i really love this car 1180bhp and it beat the veyron in a full speed run next time i find 1 i will buy it for sure
Aug 6th, 2009 1:19am
0 0
ajleece ajleece
Why build a whole new car which only gets 2 more mph tha a Veyron?
Jun 5th, 2009 9:55am
0 0
qwerty-acme qwerty-acme
i think the koenigsegg ccx and the bugatti veyron 16.4 are much better choices, who cares if a car can go fast in a straight line, when it can go round corners fast?
Jul 20th, 2008 3:40pm
0 0
leep leep
hey amg55 this is the worlds fastest "production" car that lotec sirius is not being produced. if you are going to try to make an arugment make sure you know what your taking about
Jun 30th, 2008 8:34am
0 0
joelynn joelynn
Shelby as in the the Ford tuners? It looks a lot like a Lamborghini Diablo, but it's no worse looking than the fat-arse Bugatti
Apr 25th, 2008 10:48pm
0 0
unknownuser unknownuser
i want to buy that car? My price $1,000,000
Jan 30th, 2008 2:36am
0 0
nohoupilhead nohoupilhead
I give SSC all the credit for trying; however, there are three things any "production" car MUST have for U.S. sales and I highly doubt that they have done any of this work: an EPA certificate of emissions systems compliance, a verification of OBD II strategy acceptance, a certificate from CARB (if that is you are selling cars in CA, NY, NJ, VT, MA, MI, CT, or RI) For company liability and owner insurance rates, there are two other things that it SHOULD have: Verification and compliance testing to FMVSS standards by independent testing facilities, car "crashworthiness" assessment by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) performed by NHTSA would be a bonus, but probably not likely for the number of units to be made by SCC. And finally,..........it must be "in" production. That is components from production tooling, assembled either on a line or compartments, and then legally sold to legitimate customers with registered VIN numbers. If it isn't, you are just another wiseacre building kit-cars that believing they are something other than a kit-car. Nothing wrong with kit-cars/component cars as long as you know you aren't building fully certified production vehicles. Also, any car builder/engineer/fabricator with any self respect never uses the term "supercar". That is a term coined by people that don't know any better and sure as hell never designed, developed, prototyped, tested, certified, or produced a car; period.
Sep 19th, 2007 10:26am
0 0
jam15 jam15
pretty ordinary looking, does it have the creature comforts of the veyron or is it just light and fast, veyron is kinda 'old' now anyway; but couldn't SSC make something beautiful?
Sep 19th, 2007 1:53am
0 0
Hoccy Hoccy
But how is it in the corners?
Sep 18th, 2007 11:52pm
0 0
PagodaWarrior PagodaWarrior
AMG55, please stop capitalizing every word... in regards to the Lotec Sirius, please read the articles you link to, and I quote "if production were ever to commence." This car is not in production, SSC takes the world record for production cars! *insert foot in mouth*
Sep 18th, 2007 4:38pm
0 0
amg55 amg55
This car is crap and is not beating the world record, these unknown companies are coming with pure rubbish. Has anyone heard of the Lotec Sirius powered by mercedes V12, yeah, 1334 BHP and 1299NM of tourque. And thats a V12 MERCEDES BI-TURBO!!!! ALSO THIS CAR WAS MADE IN 2001 AND THIS NONSENSE IS MADE TODAY. CHECK THE LINK AND FOUND OUT YOURSELF WHO THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A BRAIN OF NOT BELEIVING THIS. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z6231/Lotec_Sirius/default.aspx
Sep 18th, 2007 12:52am
0 0
PagodaWarrior PagodaWarrior
something about beauty and eye of the beholder comes to mind. I reckon plenty of 'Mericans are thrilled with this news :D
Sep 17th, 2007 10:49pm
0 0
Rolli Rolli
Who cares, it's ugly, and the Veyron has some age..
Sep 17th, 2007 9:12pm
0 0