The company formerly known as Shelby Super Cars, now known as SSC, has already released the replacement for its extreme supercar, the Ultimate Aero. This replacement car is dubbed the Tuatara. You didn’t think that SSC would let its one-multiple-world-record-holding supercar just ride away into the sunset, did you?
If you did, you’re mistaken, as SSC has just announced a special edition model of the Ultimate Aero, dubbed the Ultimate Aero XT, which boasts a power plant never before seen in an Ultimate Aero and styling to match the might behind the seats.
This model will literally be a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it model, as there will only be a small number of examples built. From a quick glance, it looks like this special edition SSC will give the Ultimate Aero a proper send off into retirement, but is this new XT worth all of the hype?
You’ll have to click past the jump past the jump to see what we think of it.
The exterior of the SSC Ultimate Aero XT will boast a two-tone paint scheme never before seen on any Ultimate Aero and the will never be seen on any new Tuatara. The customer can select any two colors he wants and SSC will place one color up the center of the car, over the roof, down the tail, on the mirrors, and on the lower half of the vehicle. The second color will fill in the sides of the car and the outermost sides of the hood.
The overall styling of the car is the same as the standard Ultimate Aero, sans the wheels coded to the customer’s selection. It boasts a wedge-style front end that leads to a low-slung roof that swoops rearward to the tail,. The tail swoops upward slightly to give the Aero XT a little rear downforce and this small wing races to its full height when braking to give the brakes a little help.
Around the back end of the Ultimate Aero XT, you have the six taillight system seen on the standard Ultimate Aero, along with its center-exit exhaust system.
The Ultimate Aero’s exterior was plenty sexy, so we are glad to see SSC do only minimal changes to set this special edition apart from the rest.
There is not too much information given on the interior styling, but we can assume that it is pretty much the same styling as the base model Ultimate Aero, but from the pictures it looks like the colors are coded to match the exterior, though this is not confirmed by SSC.
As for amenities, you get A/C, power windows, power mirrors, tilt steering, 7.5-inch LCD screen, a 10-speaker premium stereo system with a CD and DVD player. You also get a full-time rear-view camera and a navigation system.
Engine and Drivetrain
Behind the seats is where the big difference is seen in this version of the Ultimate Aero. It features the all-new 423.6 cubic-inch engine that the Tuatara uses, boasting 1,300 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 1,004 pound-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. Also borrowed from its big brother was its cooling system and fuel-delivery system. That’s a 13-horsepower increase over the base Ultimate Aero, but a 108 pound-feet loss, which is odd. It does, however, rev up to a tout 9,200 rpm before hitting the engine’s redline
Getting these kinds of ponies from this engine requires a pair of turbochargers pumping in tons of pressure. Keeping the forced air cool are a pair of water-to-air intercoolers, which do not become heat-soaked and therefore useless like air-to-air intercoolers.
Mated to the engine is a 7-speed triple -disc carbon clutch, which is bound to have lightning-fast shifts and precise response, and tosses power to only the rear wheels. This transmission does not have a traditional floor shifter. Rather, it has a paddle-shift interface behind the steering wheel.
Suspension, Braking and Chassis
The body measures in at 174.4 inches long x 78.4 inches wide x 43 inches high and weighs all of 2,800 lbs, thanks to its carbon-fiber construction with aluminum crash structures – much like F1 cars. You get 44 percent of its body weight on the front axle and 56 percent on the rear. We’d like to see it a little closer to the 50/50 mark, but at least the majority of the weight is over the rear axle.
The wheels are forged 1-piece alloy with the fronts measuring in at 19 x 9.5 inches and the rears measuring 20 x 13 inches. This forged alloy helps keep the unsprung weight low, which leads to better suspension control and better handling. Wrapped around these rims are a set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. The fronts measure P235/35R19 and the rears measure P335/30R20.
On each corner of the Ultimate Aero XT are carbon/ceramic brakes borrowed from the Tuatara that bring this beast to a fast stop almost on demand. In fact, it’ll bring the Ultimate Aero XT from 60 mph to 0 mph in just 103 feet.
The front and rear suspension is an independent variety with unequal upper and lower control arms, coil-over springs, remote adjustable coil-over shocks with cab-controlled air lift and an anti-roll bar.
All of these advances to the suspension and chassis technology amounts out to a 1.05 G rating on the skid pad. That’s pretty impressive for a car of this size and power.
No to what this car can really do... It sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.65 seconds and hits 322 km/h (200 mph) in just 15.65 seconds, which is a new wold record. It also screams to 100 mph in 11.25 seconds. This monster has a projected top speed of 273 mph, though it has only been tested up to just over 250 mph.. ha, “only 250.” With the extra ponies, it may be even a little higher.
When and How Can I Get One?
SSC is currently accepting orders for this last run of Aeros and they are all built to suit. This means that once you order your Ultimate Aero XT, it’ll take about four months to build it and get it delivered. Not too bad when you consider the industry average on these builds is 12 to 18 months.
SSC is doing something new with the pricing on the Ultimate Aero XT. Instead of doing a standard set price, SSC has come up with a graduated pricing system that entices customers to get there early and get their orders in... It could save you up to $100,000.
This graduated pricing is as follows: Chassis No. 1 will run $750,000, chassis No. 2 will run $775,000, chassis No. 3 will cost $800,000, chassis No. 4 will cost $825,000 and finally, chassis No. 5 will cost $850,000.
What can we say, except that we love this vehicle. It is a rare instance that you have the chance to get your hands on something that will be as collectable as this car. Not only are there only five models being produced, but their painted to your liking and SSC guarantees that not another one of its cars will boast the same paint job... Simply said, it is awesome!
1,300 horsepower... `Nuff said
Priced less than a Bugatti Veyron
Looks a little Lamborghini-ish
Why the torque drop?
No interior modification to speak of
SSC Announces Limited Production of Five Ultimate Aero XT’s
WEST RICHLAND, WA (08/02/2012)
SSC North America, the American supercar manufacturer and creator of the Guinness World Record breaking Ultimate Aero, is proud to offer a very "Limited Edition" of the Ultimate Aero to enthusiasts worldwide. This limited, extreme edition will utilize some key assemblies that will be featured in the upcoming revolutionary Tuatara.
"The demand for us to deliver additional Ultimate Aero’s has been overwhelming," says Jerod Shelby, Founder, Lead Designer and CEO of SSC. "We have just raised the bar again by adding some of the cutting-edge elements from our Tuatara, to this very small production run of Ultimate Aero XT’s."
These five very unique, collectable Ultimate Aeros will be classified as the 2013 Ultimate Aero XT. Each 2013 Ultimate Aero XT will feature a 1300 horsepower version of the Tuatara power plant, 7-speed Tuatara paddle shift and the Tuatara cooling, fuel and braking systems.
The aggressive paint scheme with colors chosen by the customer will never be used again on an Ultimate Aero or Tuatara. It certainly will stand apart from any other Ultimate Aero in the market today.
After the 5 limited edition Ultimate Aero XT’s are sold, production of the Ultimate Aero will permanently conclude.