America's Ultimate Aero is here to break the Guiness book of world records on worlds fastest cars
The SSC Ultimate Aero is an American-built mid-engine supercar by Shelby SuperCars.
The higher-performance limited production version, the SSC Ultimate Aero held the Guinness Book of World Records record for being the fastest production car in the world with a recorded speed of 412.28 km/h (256.18 mph). This speed was achieved during tests on September 13, 2007 West Richland, Washington, United States and verified by Guinness World Records on October 9, 2007.
This speed however does not reflect the vehicles's full potential. SSC estimates that the newer, more powerful and lighter weight 2009 Ultimate Aero TT is capable of a top speed of over 270 mph (430 km/h).
The Aero does not have electronic aids such as ABS brakes or traction control because (to quote Jerod Shelby) "Early design philosophy on the car was to make it a drivers car. I wanted a car that you not only throttled with your right foot but at times you could steer with your right foot.".
Styling of the Aero includes the use of butterfly doors similar to those found on the Ferrari Enzo. Carbon fiber and titanium are used throughout the car, helping to limit the weight to 1,293 kilograms (2,850 lb) for the standard Aero
It has a 6.35 litres engine, producing 1,183 hp at 6950 rpm and 1,094 ft·lbf torque at 6150 rpm, and the supercharger is replaced by a twin turbocharger with cabin adjustable boost pressure. The car is designed to use 91-octane gasoline. The 6-speed transmission is readjusted to increase the theoretical top speed to 437 kilometres per hour (272 mph) at 7200 rpm.
While this thing is undoubtedly fast, it still doesn't hold a candle to the Veyron's acceleration. The ultimate aero accelerates from 0–96 km/h in 2.78 seconds, slower than the Bugatti Veyron.
which achieves 0–96 km/h in 2.46 seconds partially due to its AWD drivetrain. Wind tunnel testing indicates that the Ultimate Aero could theoretically reach a top speed of 439 km/h (273 mph) given appropriate transmission gear ratios, although the supplied transmission would result in 418 km/h (260 mph).
Wheels on the base model are sized 460-millimetre (18 in) at the front and 480-millimetre (19 in) at the rear, while the Ultimate Aero TT has wheels an inch larger at each end.
The 2007 models are heavier, with the base model weighing 1,293 kilograms (2,850 lb), and Ultimate version 1,250 kilograms (2,800 lb). Unlike the previous year, base models have a navigation system, 10-speaker audio/CD/DVD system, video/DVD screen, back-up camera, air-conditioning, and trunk space as standard equipment. These come optional on the Ultimate.
The first production 2007 Ultimate Aero TT car was sold on eBay for US$431,100. Later cars are expected to cost US$485,000. Only 24 were produced from 2006-2007. The Ultimate Aero TT made its international debut on the International Show Circuit in November 2006. They were sold at US$485,000.
With the world becoming more greener and the natural deposits of oil declining SSC announced the production of the Aero EV, an electrical version of the sports car.
In 2008 models, 4 changes were made:
* New Twin-Turbo V8
* All new aluminum engine block
* Standard HRE Monoblok wheels
* Azentek Atlas computer infotainment system
In 2009 models,Ultimate Aero has 15% more horsepower, resulting in 1,287 hp (960 kW; 1,305 PS) at 6075 rpm SSC predicts a top speed of over 270 mph (430 km/h) is possible. In order to prevent the engine from overheating, airflow to the engine has increased 20% with new carbon fiber louvers.
The nose has been redesigned to make the car more aerodynamic, and the interior has been redesigned. The new Aero also has a new AeroBrake system, which is a spoiler that rises up to 8 in (203.2 mm) when the brake is pressed to slow the vehicle.
The Aero EV uses a twin motor AESP producing an astounding 1,000 hp (746 kW) and 800 lb·ft (1,100 N·m) of torque enabling it to rocket to 60 mph (97 km/h) in a mere 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h). Not only does the Aero EV have a range of 150–200 miles on a single charge, but SSC's "Charge on the Run" onboard charging system allows for full battery recharges in as little as 10 minutes.
The SSC held on to the record until July 4, 2010 when it was beaten by Bugatti Veyron supersport.
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