The American super car SSC Ultimate Aero is one of the most extreme, expensive and exclusive vehicles in the world. SSC (Shelby Super Cars) says it’s also the fastest car ever produced..
The car was specifically created to challenge the 250 mph barrier, and with recent top speed attempts by Koenigsegg
and Bugatti, the car will have to achieve that number if it wants to hold the title of ’World’s Fastest Production Car’.
Following the creation of the 787 horsepower ’Standard’ Aero, the Ultimate version features enhanced body work with improved downforce at higher speed, as well as a more powerful version of the supercharged V8 engine in the standard car. An increase in boost, a modified cam, and an upgraded fuel delivery system help the engine make over 1,000 hp, topping the Bugatti Veyron.
The car is also lighter by 200 pounds due to lightweight materials. The bodywork alone weighs under 150 lbs. The visual differences can mostly be seen in the rear of the car, which is sloped behind the cockpit and ends in a small spoiler.
Talking about performance, SSC says the Ultimate Aero can reach speeds up to 273 mph based on Langley windtunnel calculations. A spokesperson of SSC wrote to Forbes that they did steady speeds of around 210 mph at a famous NASCAR track in Pennsylvania called Pocono with the Ultimate Aero. The question remains how well it handles. SSC plans to sell about 25 of these monsters worldwide. The SSC Aero is promo car of the Ultimate Rally, a rally event plant for summer 2006.
Even though the car remains untested, Forbes is happy to report that the Aero is already the fastest car in America.
This Ultimate Aero is the fourth car to come from SSC’s Washington facilities and it is by far the their most extreme. It shares all the elements with its predecessors, except #4 is much lighter and has an engine to the tune of 1050 bhp!
Each Aero has a heavily modified Corvette engine which is forced fed by a supercharger. It’s supported in a steel space frame and covered by a carbon fibre body.