• Mar 14, 2007
How fast is fast enough? How important are bragging rights when you're trying to sell a supercar? Because, let's face it, the difference between 73 mph and 273 mph is kind of academic. Even if it's proven your car can go that fast, there are very few situations where that extra 200 mph would be usable, especially outside of a track environment. Now don't get us wrong, we love these high speed shootouts as much as the next gearhead, but all they really accomplish are earning a spot on some list and selling more cars, if that's your game. SSC, the company that brought us the Diablo-esque Aero a few years ago, is one such player.

They've sold a few of their All-American Aeros over the years and haven't had many complaints. As if the "regular" Aero weren't powerful enough, they upped the ante in 2006 with the Ultimate Aero. Instead of the supercharged, 787 bhp, 6.2-litre V8 engine, they fitted a a higher boost supercharger and got a Veyron-topping 1,046 bhp. Still not content, the 2007 Ultimate Aero picked up a "Turbo" badge and a few more horses as well. Now producing 1,183 bhp, the Turbo becomes the most powerful emissions-legal production automobile in the world. Where the original Aero promised a top speed of 240 mph, the new Ultimate has had a few weight saving touches to go with its power upgrade and its top end has risen to a projected 273 mph. We've previously heard outrageous claims from many supercar makers over the years, but this is a whopper.

Well, it looks like it's put up or shut up time for Jerod Shelby (no relation to Carroll) and the gang at SSC. On March 21st, they are set to prove their claims. And to show that this is indeed a street car, they will be doing their test on a 12-mile stretch of Nevada's Highway 93 in Elko County. The immediate goal is to officially beat the 253 mph top speed of the current world's fastest car, the Bugatti Veyron. But the team really hopes to set the bar a lot higher and stay on the books a bit longer. Before the Veyron, the Callaway Sledgehammer had hit 254 mph, but it wasn't deemed a production vehicle. It was the slightly modified McLaren F1 that had held the official record for more than 10 years until the Koenigsegg CCX topped it. Soon after, the Veyron came out and used an extra 300+ hp to eclipse the F1 top speed by a full 12 mph. If SSC can hit 273, only the new biofueled Koenigsegg CCXR and Saleen S7 tt Competition (each with more than 1,000 hp) might come close. Oh how we'd love to be there for a Veyron/SSC/S7/CCXR/F1/Sledgehammer smackdown. We'll let you know how the test goes.

[Source: SSC via Rideroom]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah...and how many victories does the Veyron have Compared to McClaren or Saleen?
      • 7 Years Ago
      When is the street car top speed race going to stop? 300? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't 250 already faster than any form of motor racing that doesn't take place on a quarter-mile strip or Bonneville Salt Flats?
      • 7 Years Ago
      # 18 the fastest production car in the world is the one who did a officle watched and comfirmed topspeed run! Not what a british book claims to be the world record!
      The Veyron is not in the Guniess book and that with many 253mph topspeed runs observed by many (including officle govenrment watched for certification to make the car street legal) but not the Guniess book...who cares what a british book claims.
      I guess we can agree that everyone on earth accept the Veyron as the currently fastest production car in the world that even without the comfirm of the Guniess book... if it works for the Veyron it works for the Dauer Porsche 962LeMans too...

      404.6km/h (252mph) of the Dauer Porsche 962LeMans IS CLEARLY FASTER as the 388km/h(242mph) of the Koenigsegg CCR and that 5 years earlyer, that is a fact no matter what the Guiness book claims...

      I bet non of the last year Nardo top speed world records(3 during the last event) is writen in the Guniess book...for that reason this guiness book cmfirmed is completly unimportant..

      If people can´t accept that the fastest is the fastest we end were the boxing federation is 3 world champions in the same class... one fastest after Guiness book, one fastest because it is the fastest, one is the fastest after ricer claime, on is the fastest after muscle car federation claim ...etc. and we end with 20 topspeed worldrecord cars..
      • 7 Years Ago
      nagmashot, it is generally accepted that the production car with the Guinness World Record for top speed is THE true record holder. That car is currently the Koenigsegg CCR, besting the speed set by a McLaren F1 that was close enough to stock for Guinness to accept it. The Bugatti Veyron will easily take the record soon when it runs it front of Guinness World Record officials as it's previous attempt a little while ago was called off due to weather or something. This is quite obvious as even James May from Top Gear could hit it's top speed of 407.5km/h.

      The Dauer is an amazing car, one of my favourites, but officially it didn't have the record even though it was truly faster than the McLaren F1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, you're pretty much all wrong. It was the CCR that took the production top speed record, the CCX has done absolutely nothing. Just like this car will do absolutely nothing, just another of these theoretical Veyron beaters. Even if it could get close to the Veyron's top speed, VAG would just release a higher powered version to get the crown back if they decided it would be worthwhile. Besides, the Veyron is about much more than simply top speed as someone said earlier, it's about being the world's best car, this thing is just about being another vaporware supercar that no one will remember a year from now.

      And yeah the Veyron has more than 1001hp. That's simply the number the car has to be before they'll sell it, they all make more than that, normally 1050-1100hp.
      dan
      • 7 Years Ago
      holy hell that thing gets uglier and uglier... someone please tell him he'd sell more cars if he only offered a 600 hp model, restyled it and sold it for less than the cost of a viper?
      • 7 Years Ago
      D'oh! Where is the CCX? Sure I didn't make a top-speed run in it, but I DID drive it for chrissakes. Mea culpa, Christian.

      The Koenigsegg CCX was the car that beat the F1 and was later surpassed by the Bug. And of course that was before the biofuel conversion that turned it into the 1,018 hp CCXR.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, the Veyron has a porsche gearbox developed by f1 engineers and custom tyres developed by michelin for its top speed. the others have what? and how long will a car with no development costs last?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What many people forget is that, unlike those extreme and blunt racing machines, the Bugatti isn't about speed: it's about luxury and excess... and if we see it like it is, there's no match for it.

      Did you see it reach it's top speed on top gear? Silently, effortlessly and confortably.

      Now imagine this: what if Bugatti just got rid of all the luxury items, all the needless weight, and focused on a real racing machine... and tuned a bit the engine. Whould anybody have a chance?

      I'm glad they will not go that way: I'm happy they just don't care.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The reason it took Volkswagen so much money and time to make the Veyron work is that it's a fundamentally flawed design. They came out with the specs and presented a concept car before they realized that the shape of the car wasn't based in aerodynamic reality.

      Koenigsegg, Saleen, and Aero obviously didn't cement the shape of their car until it was proven to be functionally sound. This is especially obvious in the case of the Aero, since it's not winning any beauty contests. I really hope it makes the top speed record (and I'm thoroughly convinced it will), just to shut up the ignorant Bugatti fanboys.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The run at Ehra-Lessien with the McLaren F1 is not a stock model, the rev limiter was raised. The rev limited is there to protect the crankshaft torsional damper. The F1 LM limiter is 8500.
      It would be fun to raise the stock 7500 to 8000 (The F1 LM has little to no exhaust system, no cats & 'glass packs') so 8000-8500 isn't that useful for a standard F1. This is how Andy Wallace upshifted to 6th gear at 199mph.

      The standard bugatti veyron top speed is ~235mph.
      If you punch a veyron from rest, in one mile you can get to ~220mph, and in another half mile can get you to 235mph, then coast for 1/4, then brake for the next 1/4 mile. Very useable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      here is a lot of BS talking ...

      The CCR never made a world record..only Konigsegg claimed it... and the McLaren F1 only hold the record because the english speaking world ignored the fastest production car in the world befor the Veyron. The Dauer Porsche 962 LeMans. Which set a world record for production cars on the VW test track in 11/1998 with officle watched 404.6km/h (252mph)...ever wonder why the Veyron does 253mph?
      The Dauer Porsche 962LeMans is in production since 1994 (in that year it won the 24h of LeMans overall starting in the GT1 class) they produce 50 vehicle in a smale number production of 1-2vehicles a year. in early 2003 they had finished 13 cars and 36 to go. The biggest car collector of the world the Sultan of Burnai ordered 6 of them..

      http://media.autobild.de/bild/3/3bc88e9a9601e209431c082858f27ee3_1.jpg

      The Dauer Porsche 962LeMans has exactly the same acceleration perfromance as the Veyron... it easy destroys the McLaren F1 in every possible way... 0-62mph 2.8s, 0-125mph 7.3s
      For me still the most thrilling car in the world.. the most successfull race car ever turned into a road legal car..
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