• Dec 16, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the SSC Ultimate Aero

Not content to rest on its laurels after taking the Guinness-verified top speed world record, SSC has revamped the Ultimate Aero for 2009 to make it more powerful, more aerodynamic, and even faster. We thought the 2008 model had plenty of horsepower with 1183 ponies underneath the hood, but SSC has increased that number to 1287 courtesy of a new one-piece billet aluminum engine block that improves structural integrity and oiling capabilities. Helping to push all that horsepower through the air is a redesigned front fascia with a new center grille opening, as well as carbon fiber louvers that feed 20% more air to the radiators. The aerodynamic changes, combined with the increased power, yield an estimated 270 mph top speed. SSC has also given the interior a thorough refresh, adding carbon fiber trim to the dash, air vents, door sills, and around the gauge cluster. A new center console features an Azentek PC Infotainment system that can process the car's onboard diagnostic system. There's no word on whether they'll attempt to best their top speed record achieved earlier this year, but we're sure SSC would like to further distance themselves from the Bugatti Veyron or the 9ff GT9. More details on the 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero can be found in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Shelby Supercars]

PRESS RELEASE:

After holding the "World's Fastest Production Car" title for the past year, the Shelby SuperCars' Ultimate Aero is receiving several refinements for the 2009 model year. The SSC engineering team equipped the 2009 Ultimate Aero with a 15% increase in horsepower, a revamped front fascia design, and an array of important interior upgrades. The most substantial change is an SSC-designed, 1-piece billet aluminum engine block. A milestone for the limited-production automobile manufacturer, the new block improves structural integrity and oiling capabilities allowing SSC to boost the power output to 1287 horsepower while improving durability.

Armed with the more powerful new engine, the '09 Ultimate Aero will be able to reach world-record speeds of 270 MPH, raising the benchmark for supercars and pushing the limits of current production car technology. In order to accommodate the '09 Ultimate Aero's unique fuel system requirements, SSC turned to American company Aeromotive to develop a flawless system. The aggressive nose is redesigned with enhanced aerodynamics to accommodate the 2009 Ultimate Aero's higher top speed, and carbon fiber louvers on the side intakes draw in an additional 20% of air into the radiators for improved cooling. The improvement in overall performance will widen the already sizeable gap between the Ultimate Aero and its competitors. The '09 Ultimate Aero also introduces the AeroBrakeTM a rear spoiler system that deploys under braking situations. Finished in carbon fiber, the rear spoilers actuate up an additional 8" when the brake pedal is depressed. The speed of the spoiler actuation is set by the amount of brake pedal pressure. The complete AeroBrakeTM system can be disabled by the push of a button, for town driving or situations where braking and downforce assistance are not necessary.

Rounding out the '09 Ultimate Aero's improvements is a revamped interior. A redesigned dash prominently displays sleek, exposed carbon fiber dash halves and inset air vents. Carbon fiber accents run along the doorsills, surround the new gauge cluster, and continue onto a revised steering column, which includes an analog speedometer and tachometer with a sequential shift light integrated into the tachometer needle. The new center console incorporates a digital temperature control unit and tire pressure monitor along with an Azentek PC base Infotainment unit. The revolutionary Azentek unit offers all the capabilities of a PC and processes SSC's onboard diagnostic software.

For more information and images of the 2009 Ultimate Aero, please visit www.ShelbySuperCars.com.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Other than for Guiness records, who cares? Of course I'm impressed by the level of engineering and technical expertise this effort demanded, and I give it kudos for being made in the US, but, just like the Veyron, it's a pointless endeavor for anything other than bragging rights. Also, it looks like a bad Lamborghini Diablo kit car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So much better looking than a Veyron!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful car. Those who do not like it might need to consider that some function over design may have been needed. I would like to see it hit 270 without lifting off the ground. Depending on the sports car in question, you can usually expect a little lift in the 130-150 MPH range or so as a rough guesstimate. I see a small point in the front bumper that serves as a spoiler and the curves seem to follow a nice line right to the rear low profile spoiler. Im guessing this is not an accident or pretty design but again, for functionality at high speeds. Still like to see 270 MPH.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of these drove by me the other day about 2 miles from my house (I live in West Richland, the town that the SSC is produced in). I KNEW it looked different, but couldn't put my finger on it. Now I know!

      Jerod has been tinkering on his toys!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still can't get into this car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still love the SVT Focus headlights on this thing!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought I was the only one who noticed. It's almost comical how they shmooed the surface of the hood around those headlights just to get them to fit. This vehicle could probably squeeeze out an extra MPH or two if they just hired an actual designer and created unique headlights that flowed with a smooth surface. You know, a surface that doesn't look like a fat lady sat on it. What a design abortion this thing is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        At least they painted them black this time! They look a lot better painted on my Focus too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      270 MPH is pretty damn awesome, so congrats to the Ultimate Aero team, but I'd be interested in the brakes and stopping distance...
      • 6 Years Ago
      still want
      • 6 Years Ago
      Get those economy car headlights off something that should be running with Bugatti's. Ruins the whole look.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The last comment on the pistonhead article
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was originally very suspicious of this car, but (as others have mentioned) Leno's video of it has gone some distance in convincing me it's the real deal. It seems like a surprisingly well made "real car", at least as real as the Pagani or Koennigsesedjcwekbhwbwbkdbfhjbhvhbhrveru. Also, it looks better in that video than it does in pictures. Having said all of that, who knows... it was just a five minute online video quickly produced by a non-professional auto enthusiast. How would something like the Ultima GTR or Ascari A10 compare?

      One thing: this is a massively wide car. Its track must be similar to a Hummer H1...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice numbers...but can it actually reach 270 ? Seeing is believing SSC. (not that I don't have nay faith in the car's capacity)
      I agree with the above posters, this thing needs some serious styling work. I'm sure its aerodynamic, but its also ugly.
      Despite this being faster, the Veyron is still in a class of its own. The interior, exterior, build quality, the entire package is just better on the Veyron. Either way, it is nice to see that a small company with no where near to the financial backing of VW can put up a fight like this.
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