SSC Ultimate Aero becomes fastest production car in the world, again

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A few days ago, the Guinness Book of World Records stripped the Veyron Super Sport of its "fastest production car" record due a violation of the official rules. Apparently, the Veyron used to set the speed record had its speed limiter disable, thereby negating the “production car” part of the record. Now, with the Veyron officially losing its crown, the SSC Ultimate Aero re-claimed the title.

According to SSC this is not how it wanted to get the title back to them, but it is good enough until the SSC Tuatara will be ready to show what it can do.

SSC Ultimate Aero set its record back in 2007 on a public highway in Washington when it was able to hit an impressive top speed of 256.14 mph (412.22 km/h). The Ultimate Aero kept the title of the fastest production car until 2010 when a Veyron Super Sport was able to hit a top speed of 267.8 mph (430.98 km/h).

Hit the jump for the press release and more on the SSC Ultimate Aero.

About the SSC Ultimate Aero

SSC Ultimate Aero

The SSC Ultimate Aero is powered by a twin-turbo V-8 engine that delivers a total of 1,287 horsepower. When compared to the standard Aero, the Ultimate version received a redesigned front end with enhanced aerodynamics, carbon-fiber louvers on the side intakes, plus a system called AeroBrake which altered the angle of the rear spoiler during hard braking. The model was priced at $650k.


YearMake and modelTop speedNumber Produced
1894Benz Velo12 mph (19 km/h)1,200
1949Jaguar XK120124.6 mph (201 km/h)12,000
1955Mercedes-Benz 300SL140 mph (225 km/h)1,400
1958Aston Martin DB4141 mph (227 km/h)1,110
1959Aston Martin DB4 GT152 mph (245 km/h)75
1963Iso Rivolta Grifo A3/L 327161 mph (259 km/h)about 400
1967Lamborghini Miura P400171 mph (275 km/h)about 750
1968Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona174 mph (280 km/h)about 1,400
1984Ferrari 288 GTO188 mph (303 km/h)272
1986Porsche 959195 mph (314 km/h)337
1987Ferrari F40202.687 mph (326.193 km/h)1,311
1991Bugatti EB110 GT209 mph (336 km/h)95
1992Jaguar XJ220213 mph (343 km/h)281
1993McLaren F1231 mph (372 km/h)65
2005Bugatti Veyron 16.4253.81 mph (408.47 km/h)300
2007SSC Ultimate Aero256.14 mph (412.22 km/h)5

Actually SSC got the Guinness World Record dropped back in their lap.

SSC Ultimate Aero

SSC Founder Jerod Shelby says, “This wasn’t how we planned to reclaim the record. But it will do until the Tuatara takes a run at several records that exist out there. Although, it was still a nice surprise”. Bugatti and their Veyron Super Sport were officially stripped of the record by Guinness World Records. “Guinness World Records announced that it is stripping the Bugatti’s title after discovering that the car used to set the record time of 267.8 mph had been modified, which is a violation of the rules,” indicates Benjamin Preston with The New York Times.

The infraction, according to Chuck Tannert, at Road and Track Magazine, is: The record-breaking Veyron did not qualify as a production car because a speed restrictor fitted to each of the 30 customer cars, had been deactivated on the world-record car.

“After we held the record for 3 years, I was happy to hand over the crown to Bugatti back in 2010. I think it’s good for the supercar industry to have competition. It keeps the enthusiast hungry. We’ve also always felt that it would be better to break someone else’s record next time, instead of just re-breaking our own record.

Top speed record comes with a stigma….. Enthusiasts felt that the whole engineering focus must have been directed at achieving that one top speed feat. We found it difficult to get people to see around our top speed record and recognize all the other engineering feats produced by the SSC team; ride quality, passenger comfort, record braking handling, braking, and driver predictability. SSC has its sights on the one-lap record at Nurburgring to showcase the engineering prowess of the SSC Tuatara.

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