• Jul 15, 2008


Click above to watch Leno drive the Ultimate Aero

We have a lot of respect for Jay Leno. Not only because he owns some seriously impressive cars, but because he actually drives them. Sure, we're a bit jealous, but even more so after watching him drive the SSC Ultimate Aero, the Guinness-certified fastest production car in the world. As you might expect, Leno was initially skeptical of the American-built supercar, but after close inspection and a stint behind the wheel he was truly impressed. The video also has some interesting info, including the news that SSC plans to build more cars -- a 220 mph four-door sedan as well as the world's fastest "green" supercar. Considering what SSC did with the Ultimate Aero, we wouldn't put it past them, but we're skeptical nonetheless. Follow the jump to watch the video.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Mmmm, Focus headlights and surfacing via gluegun and hole-punch. I don't care how fast it goes. The Bugatti is impressive because it was a design FIRST and then they made it go 250 MPH without screwing with the looks to get there. They say the looks of the SSC are for function but I'm sorry, those surfaces are due to poor design and execution, period.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After getting this better look at this car, I have a more favorable impression. The car's proportions look a lot better in this video than they did in the publicity shots (despite the ridiculous headlights and raised racing stripe on the hood). Also, I've now seen two different reviews of the car that both mention the surprisingly good build quality. The awful blue they chose for the publicity car made it looks like a half-step-up-from-a-kit-car, but it's clear that the car is actually made with a great deal of attention to detail. Still, for $650K, this is just a branding exercise than a real car(as the owner readily admitted). Then again, so is the Veyron.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Coefficient of drag is 0.357? Doesn't really live up to its Ultimate Aero name, does it? Nice car, though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Any car going to high speeds like this Ultimate Aero will want lots of downforce. At 257mph, downforce is what keeps you stable and on the road and the way to create prodigious amounts of downforce, unfortunately also creates drag. The Veyron had a cd of 0.36-0.41 depending on the active spoiler position, F1 cars have between 0.7 and 1.1 depending on the setup used for different tracks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cd is drag divided by frontal area. Since this vehicle has a very small frontal area, it has a relatively high Cd.

        Total drag is what matters, and this doesn't look like it has much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's awesome. If i had shedloads of money i'd get one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome technology, horrible front end.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What's funny is that the headlights are taken directly off of the Ford Focus SVT. If you look at an 03-04 SVT Focus with the HID option or any of the cars with the European Appearance Package, you'll recognize those lights. They look a lot better on the front of a Focus than that car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Probably one of my favorite cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Incredible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know...it's not much to look at...but damn is that thing cool. I love the way it sounds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah I feel like this is a car that came out like 10 years ago. I cant imagine the design is going to age very well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      lucky bastard...

      I hope they send one to topgear...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jay Leno should have been made the main host around the American version of Top Gear!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any new car is NOT GREEN.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooN9INJxxy4

      The production of one new car has a HUGE impact, regardless of emissions or mpg! What's green is keeping cars on the road longer, and buying new ones LESS OFTEN.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Am I saying we need to ban racing? No. Am I saying we need to stop buying new cars? No.

        I'm saying you shouldn't label something 'green' when it's net effect is obviously very much contributing to pollution, consumption, etc.

        I do think that we consume cars way too fast. I've seen SO many clean, wonderful cars just sitting in a junkyard for some stupid problem. Why weren't they fixed? Because they weren't worth anything. And why not? Because we have SOOO MANY NEW CARS AROUND.

        Reduce. Reuse. It's not just recycling, my point is that our culture views cars as disposable, instead of fixing them to remain on the road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Impact" is such a strong word. You, Vintage, are the master of rhetoric.
        • 6 Years Ago
        MajorGeek: Good idea. However... see Idiocracy. :|

        • 6 Years Ago
        That's great. Now move to Switzerland, they see things your way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh really LS2LS7? Because maybe you happen to live there, like me?

        Switzerland is supercar country, emissions my ass ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Viva America
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