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…The SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo is fast?

SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo

After a few failed attempts, the SSC (Shelby Super Cars) Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo finally managed to break the production car world speed record; taking the title away from the Koenigsegg CCR (and away from the Bugatti Veyron’s unofficial top speed) with an average speed of 255.83 mph.

Having 1183 horses on tap (and 1094 ft-lbs of torque) definitely helped to reach those monumental numbers, and the test driver said “there is tons left on the table”.

Does this mean a second attempt is in order to solidify the record?

We’ll have to wait and see.

Shotgun.

[Shelby Supercars]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: SSC Ultimate Aero TT?

SSC Ultimate Aero

SSC might only have one model, but what they lack in variety, they make up for in heart. That’s because SSC wants to challenge the big boy and take on the Bugatti Veyron for the title of World’s Fastest Production Car. Their pride and joy, the Ultimate Aero TT, isn’t just some kit car with a prayer though; it’s a low-slung beast with power to spare.

Features include 1183 horsepower coming from the twin turbo V8, rear wheel drive, carbon fiber body, 14” brakes, a .357 drag coefficient, and a one-year, unlimited mile warranty (no, really). The end result is a rocket to 60 in 2.78 seconds, a quarter mile time of 9.90 seconds at 144 mph, 1.05 gs on the skidpad, and the ability to go from 0 to 100 to 0 again in 11.66 seconds.

So how did it do on its high speed test run? Not too bad considering the run was cut short by snow! The driver managed 230 mph with just 56% of 6th gear’s throttle, and felt that there was “a lot more to go”. There better be, because the current record is 253 mph (as verified by Top Gear). I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on the progress that gets made towards the record, but until then, make sure to:

  1. Check out the site and ogle a few of the pictures
  2. Catch the car on Spike TV’s Bullrun
  3. Stand in front of it if Eddie Griffin gets behind the wheel.

[SSC Autos]

[SSC – Quest For The Record]

[Bullrun]