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Shelby SuperCars, the American company behind the Ultimate Aero, the worlds fastest gas-powered production car (pictured above), has announced they will unveil the worlds fastest electric car, the Ultimate Aero EV in February of 2009. They say they won't wait years to release it to a salivating public either, giving Q4 2009 as a delivery date. They say it will have an "exotic Supercar exterior" but all engineering details are being closely held for now. The little bit they did say about the drivetrain makes us question whether or not the whole project is some sort of joke. Perhaps its just a typo. SSC claims it will feature twin 500 hp electric motors powered by a battery that won't need a charge for several years. Seriously.

If they do want to be the fastest, they will need that 1000 hp to surpass the amazing Eliica. That 8-wheeled wonder can hang with the Tesla under acceleration until the Roadster tops out around 120 and then continue on to reach 230 mph. Its secret is an 80 hp motor mounted behind each wheel. If SSC is serious about doing it "faster, leaner and cleaner than any other manufacturer", we'll let you know.

Correction: Changed six years to several years. Thanks Joseph!

[Source: Shelby SuperCars]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Perhaps they mean a battery that won't need to be "changed" for 6 years. Pulling that much juice from a battery is going to be a little rough on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Watch they start offering OTC Pinkslip stocks LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      The version Jay Leno reviewed runs on gasoline, not electricity.

      As for the "several years before charging", I suspect a naive but enthusiastic PR spokesperson got it way wrong.

      Getting 1,000 hp with electric motors is easy, the problem is getting a power source (battery? ultracap? fuel cell?) with 740 Kw output small enough to fit in a car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This company is located in Richland Washington.
      Home of the Hanford Nuclear Facility.
      (I think the high school is called the "Atoms" and the logo is a mushroom cloud. Seriously).

      Just saying. REAL BATMOBILE!

      • 6 Years Ago
      "...will not require a charge 'for six years'..."
      They mean it won't take six years to recharge it... not that you can drive it for six years before needing a recharge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It doesn't need to be changed for 6 years...but how long it needs to recharge?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who cares how long it takes to charge if you get several years between charges? This I'll have to see -- maybe a baby nuclear reactor or an undisclosed power unit from Area 51?

        Of course, at $625K for the ICE version, I doubt this will be affordable except for the super-wealthy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jay Leno had a review of the car,

      http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/photos/UltimateAero_shell.shtml

      and he basically was saying that this is a REAL car and a real car company. So, there can't be too much BS from this announcement. I mean, I doubt they actually will deliver a 1,000 or a car that goes "several years between charging" (Domenick, it doesn't say 'six' anywhere) but I'd imagine that they will at least deliver a car. This is good news....I think.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you figure 5kwH/Km, and an average yearly distance of 25,000KM, at 2 years between charges, this car would require a battery capacity of about 250Gigawatt/hours... more than an entire days output of a CANDU nuclear reactor, or 150,000 times the power Doc needed to send his Delorian back in time (if you figure the flux cap. was only drawing full power for 5 seconds)

      At best the car can HOLD a charge (without being driven) for several years OR the batteries do not need to be replaced for several years... but theres no way you can get several years average driving from a single charge without something like a fusion reactor onboard, even if 100% of your braking power was recaptured.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Getting 1,000 hp with electric motors is easy, the problem is getting a power source (battery? ultracap? fuel cell?) with 740 Kw output small enough to fit in a car."

      Why's that a problem? AltairNano's are something like 4kW/kg. Ultracaps are even higher, but let's just assume it comes straight from the batteries. That's only take 185kg. At ~90Wh/kg, the car would only have a 16.7kW battery pack. I'd think they'd want at least twice as big of a pack than that to have any kind of decent range for a high-end car like that. Even with the ~3kW/kg of a good phosphate cell at 100Wh/kg, a moderately sized 30kWh pack would have 900kW of power output. A 60kWh titanate pack would give you ~2.6MW. Modern batteries really have all the "oomph" you could want in a sports car; the hard thing is figuring out what to do with all of it!

      Fuel cells would be right out. They're very bulky and heavy for the amount of power they produce.
        • 6 Years Ago
        4 kWh/kg is the power density. Energy density is 90 Wh/kg, requiring an 18,000 lb. battery pack for 740 kWh.

        http://www.b2i.cc/Document/546/NanoSafeBackgrounder060920.pdf
        • 6 Years Ago
        @wave54
        You don't need a 740kWh pack to power a 1000hp motor. I think you are confusing kW with kWh! kWh is the capacity, kW is the power. meme is correct in saying as long as there is enough power density then the pack can output 1000hp since hp is a power measurement like kW. The energy density doesn't really matter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Shelby site claims;

      The drive train under development will feature a revolutionary power source allowing for extended time between charging intervals with the possibility of several years between charging.

      Now that is interesting!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hmm, they don't use the word battery, but power source...
        • 6 Years Ago
        NU-KU-LER! Its pronouced NU-KU-LER...

        Anybody catch the Simpsons reference? Anyways, odds are they are messing up "charging" and "changing".
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