SSC decided to release a few details about its progress on the electric supercar, and its having us check the calendar to make sure it isn’t April Fool’s Day. For starters, SSC is keeping with its basic principle and keeping the electric car’s charge time fast; a hard to believe ten minutes.
In a sixth of an hour, SSC says its Nanotechnology Rechargeable Lithium Battery pack can be charged up for a 200 mile run. These figures are not from hooking up the car directly to the local nuclear power plant, but just by using the same household plug that powers an alarm clock. The reason why his is a little questionable is because the engineering team at SSC has accomplished what a lot of bigger companies have not been able to do yet. For example Chevrolet’s Volt will need an eight hour charge on a 110v plug to go 40 miles.
If SSC really has created a system the will charge an EV car’s batteries in the same time it takes to fill up with fuel, and it fits in a performance car, then the electric car revolution may really be here. Now all we have to do is keep our homes from burning down when the Ultimate Aero EV pulls the current (presumably an ungodly amount) to get its quick charge.
Shelby Super Cars (SSC) produces the world’s fastest road-going car, the 255 mph Ultimate Aero, but SSC isn’t going to cool its record-stetting heels. For 2009 SSC has decided to upgrade the the ultra-rare supercar’s twin-turbo V8 from 1183 hp to 1287. This kind of power also has SSC setting the bar for a new world record: 270 mph.
Besides the impressive output, the Ultimate Aero also gets a redesigned frontal area with enhanced aerodynamics, as well as carbon fiber louvers on the side intakes draw in 20 percent more air into the radiators. SSC is also introducing a system called AeroBrake, which will alter the angle of the rear spoiler during hard braking (similar the system is used on the Mercedes SLR).
Although 2009 pricing has not been announced, the 2008 model is priced around $650,000. So if the cost doesn’t change too much, that’s a paltry sum to be the fastest person on your block — no matter where you live.
It’s fast, it’s rare, and it can be yours possibly for low six-figures - it’s the SSC Aero. The car is a predecessor of sorts to the record setting SSC Ultimate Aero, and it’s now on eBay. This is an american-made speed machine produced by Shelby Super Cars. Although this company has no association with legendary builder Carroll Shelby, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a look.
The Aero features supercharged V-8 creating 787 hp, and at the time of this post, the car was under $150,000. The owners claim it is one of only two ever created, which may make it worth the price alone.
Shelby Supercars is promising to next year unveil a SSC Aero Ev, a fully electric version of their Aero model. Powered by a 500 horsepower electric motor, the Ultimate Aero EV will have true supercar performance. Additionally, SSC is exploring the potential of a twin 500 horsepower electric power plant producing 1,000 horsepower in a 2 or 4 wheel drive configuration. This car should break all electric car speed records.
In Shelby’s press release they stated, "The drive train under development will feature a revolutionary power source allowing for extended time between charging intervals with the possibility of several years between charging." Years? Really? They have left many people scratching there heads with that statement.
"I think we can do it faster, leaner and cleaner than any other manufacturer," says SSC boss Jerod Shelby, clearly not a man given to understatement. Whatever Shelby have planed, they know it is going to be big. While these cars are not going to be in everyones garage it might make enough of a splash to make engineers start looking at batteries rather than cylinders.
Shelby Supercars are set to unveil the first prototype in February 2009, with production cars appearing at the end of next year.
Do you believe now when we are telling you that the future auto industry is all about electric cars? No?! You need one more proof? We’ll gave it to you: SSC announced today that the unveiling of the tery and secrecy, SSC has announced plans to unveil the next historical milestone – the Ultimate Aero EV (Electric Vehicle), "the first 100% Green Supercar to achieve speeds never before seen." First prototype will debut in February 2009.
The Ultimate Aero EV will deliver a pollution-free, engineering marvel with an exotic Supercar exterior. The drive train under development will not require a charge for six years and will power two 500 horsepower electric motors producing 1000 horsepower and providing supercar performance.
And as you already guess, SSC plans next to break the record for the fastest electric car in the world.
Here’s a video presentation of the SSC Ultimate Aero playing on the highway versus a Lamborghini LP640.
The SSC Ultimate Aero is powered by a 6.3 liter V8 twin-turbo engine that delivers1183 hp and 1094 lb-ft of torque. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 2.78 seconds and can hit a top speed of 256 mph (world record).
Shelby Supercars (SSC), manufacturer of the ultra high-performance Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo, set the new "World’s Fastest Production Car" record with an average top speed of 255.83 mph. And they got it all on video! That car is fast!
Shelby SuperCars, manufacturer of the world’s most powerful production car, the Ultimate Aero TT, announced 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.
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Earlier this year, SSC Autos announced their intention of breaking the world speed record. And the latest result are showing that this is about to happen.
SSC lately tested the Ultimate Aero TT on May 22nd, when the car reached a top speed of 241.4 mph. The testing needed to be ended due to an unanticipated snowstorm. But the results of the tests make the company confident in the Ultimate Aero TT’s capability to break the world production speed record.
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