• Mar 22, 2007
A few days ago we reported about Shelby Super Car's (SSC) attempt at the worlds fastest car title and now we have an unofficial update. We just got word from a trackside observer that the record was NOT broken. After getting snowed out on day 1, the cast and crew reconvened on Highway 93 in Nevada and had another go at the record books today. Test pilot (and veteran Silver State Challenge 200 mph club member) Rick Doria reported wheelspin at 190 shifting into 6th on one pass that yielded about 221 mph, but felt confident enough to try again. A couple more passes and the 1,183-hp Ultimate Aero TT posted a top speed around 230 mph at 50% throttle in 6th. At that point the car had traveled the 2 miles deemed appropriate for the test runs. The driver reported that he was sure the car could easily break the 253 mph Veyron speed, let alone the "official" 242 of the Koenigsegg CCR. The group will head back to the shop for now and try a second set of runs in a couple of weeks if all goes as planned. We'll post updates as more information becomes available.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The Veyron was tested on a huge test track in Germany. The SSC was tested on a highway in Nevada used for high speed open road racing. The road they were promised was supposed to be 12 miles. After it snowed the first day, they were only granted 3. On this shake down top speed run, they discovered that the slightly irregular pavement caused a little less downforce than they would have liked and only went half throttle to reduce wheelspin. They still managed 230 in 2 miles. This is a race car available for the street. It is more like a Mosler or Saleen S7 or Dauer 962 than a Veyron. People may complain about the styling, but the car has some serious engineering talent behind it. We should get more official info later today.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm willing to bet that the Veyron is considerably faster from 0-250+ mph than the SSC. It accelerates like nothing I've ever seen and with absolutely no drama. Oddly enough, that makes it considerably more pratctical for those who actually want to spend their time going that fast, as you get there much faster. It might even be able to go at top speed longer as well. The advantages of having a multi-billion dollar corporation backing the development compared to a couple of guys in a shed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Masterpiece of the Veyron is not reaching the 400 Km/h mark. . but getting the car out the door, in the hands of the customer was the true brilliance.

      stupid.
      Keija
      • 7 Years Ago
      @chris: Gordon Murray has repeatedly said that McLaren wasn't designed just for top speed. Its top speed is just a by-product of its overall design.

      Anyway, I agree with most of the comments here. The SSC might beat the Veyron in top speed, but it won't beat it as an overall package. TG showed how easy it was to drive it at Vmax, the SSC meanwhile is probably really wobbly and noisy to boot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh BTW, thats the real Mr. Carol Shelby, who I'm talking about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Complain about styling? All SSC had to do was hire any mediocre 3rd yr transportation design student and get a better result. The proportions of shut lines, hood atrocity, and other "weird" design cues. IF SSC wanted to stake a serious claim in the super car world, they should have spent just even 200k on the styling. Hell I'm sure they could get a designer onboard for a full aesthetic interior and exterior development for under 200K. They will disappear into history if their only claim is this top speed record. The president to SSC should reassess what his goals are. If they want to join the ranks of Ferrari, Porsche, Lambo, etc, work on something besides a tube chassis with a TT engine bolted to it. Look further down the line.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chris.... Mclaren F1 and the CCR are build just for the top speed??? Then how come the CC8S was one of the fastest cars on the TG track and the CCX is the fastest one this far?? btw... VW:s test track in Germany is one of the best in the world so you can't really compare it to standard highways and race tracks
      • 7 Years Ago
      No, the Veyron is just a car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like lots of power, looks like lots of crap..

      I mean, it looks like a re-hashed Diablo, not even a Murc! Its ugly and even if it went 300mph, I wouldn't care....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah they'll probably screw up the tires if you did it a bunch of times, but they could probably go faster than 407km/h a few times before the tires got dangerous, which would be enough for the official record.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #10 The Veyron laped the Ring in 7:40min... this is as fast as all other Supercars like Murcielago, Mercedes SLR, Koinigsegg CCR, Pagani Zonda, faster as a McLaren F1, Jaguar XJ220, Z06 etc... not the fastest overall but pretty good for a 2.0to 1000hp car...


      to the SSC Aero TT...they have failed...end of message... like Konigsegg failed till today to reach their own factory claim. They claim 395km/h plus (247mph +) and the best a Konigsegg reached so far was 388km/h (243mph) at Nardo...a speed that higly tuned Porsche 911 are able to run at Nardo.. topspeed is so much more as big hp... wheelspinn at 190mph means wrong aerodynamic..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bobo; At these power levels traction is critically important. It doesn't matter how much power you make; if it just goes up in tire smoke it's hurting you, not helping. That's why they went with AWD for the Veyron, it's the best way to get this much power to the ground. While the SSC is spinning it back tires all four of the Veyron's are clawing it ahead. That is what could allow it to out-accellerate the SSC and overcome its weight penalty.

      Normally this only matters at lower speeds until downforce kicks in and helps with the rear wheel traction issue, but SSC apparently is generating rear lift at speed and taking away traction. I bet the next time we see it, it'll be wearing a wing...
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