• 53
SSC Ultimate Aero – Click above for high-res image gallery

Despite radically different approaches, Shelby SuperCars and Bugatti have been playing a high-speed game of one-upmanship for years. First the Veyron took the prize with a 253.8 mph top speed run in 2005. SSC stepped in and bested that two years later with the Ultimate Aero TT. And just recently, Bugatti threw down the gauntlet once again with its 267.8-mph Veyron Super Sport.

Don't think for one minute though that the Veyron SS will go unchallenged for long. The two-three year spread between Bugatti/Shelby bouts may lead us to believe that the Veyron will hold the crown for at least the next few years, but according to reports, SSC isn't prepared to wait that long.

Our compatriots over at Jalopnik quote sources that SSC has a new supercar in the works that could debut this summer. Congratulating their French rivals, the American firm will reportedly take on the Bugatti benchmark with a new Jason Castriota-designed package. Whether they can squeeze out an extra dozen miles remains to be seen, but we'll enjoy watching them try.

[Source: Jalopnik]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      While SSC shouldn't be overlooked i think with the hefty Veyron interior and those who have taken Veyron to +200mph saying that there's absolutely nothing that tells you that you are going that fast other than the scenery tells what kind of car Veyron is.

      Imo SSC and Veyron don't have pretty much nothing in common other than that both go really really fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      See, an SSC Ultimate Aero is one of those cars thats part Corvette, Viper, this that etc. Even though it is technically an SSC it uses parts from other cars. Great, there has been lots of cars like that.

      A Veyron wasn't just engineered to be the world's fastest car. It has A/C, is comfortable, has AWD, semi-auto gearbox, and has the option of 500 or 1000hp via key by the door sill. The Veyron is a legend now too, and it's a Bugatti. The SSC, well not so much...or like at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "while the tranny is basically the same technology used in the GTI's tranny."

        Basically the same technology as the GTI's tranny? Yes. It's DSG. Any car with DSG will be 'basically the same technology' but the Veyrons tranny cost more than a GTI, they're in no way related.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Elmo - The engine might be derived from 4.0L V8 but it can be also a combination of two wold W8 Passat engine. Major differences are the technologies inside that W16 to the point it completely different from other VW engine. Find a single supercar that features that kind of displacement? There is none thus making Veyron engine unique.

        "And if I remember correctly, the chassis shares a lot of components with the Murcielago."
        Probably from the concept model but the final product share none of them. Watch Bugatti Veyron Man Made, you will see most components are from aeronautics.

        "The Aero uses 8 less cylinders, 2 less turbos, 9 less intercoolers, and 2.2L less displacement to achieve 1200hp."
        The fact you have to resort to number of cylinders made your point void. Plenty tuners already reached that features with only inline 4 engine. It is well known making that much power on smaller displacement means reliability issues. Even SSC themselves quoted they needed at least 8 intercoolers because of the heat. I have seen the car needs to constantly rev as it was about to choke because of huge power.

        Engine alone is not enough; aerodynamic, traction and stability matter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Veyron's engine and tranny are VW built. The W16 is made of 2 4.0L Audi V8s while the tranny is basically the same technology used in the GTI's tranny.

        And if I remember correctly, the chassis shares a lot of components with the Murcielago.

        Now just to shut you up, I'll just show some stats:

        The Aero uses 8 less cylinders, 2 less turbos, 9 less intercoolers, and 2.2L less displacement to achieve 1200hp.
        • 4 Years Ago

        the 'DSG' from/for the veyron is not build by VAG, but it's build by an english company or atleast designed by ....
      • 5 Years Ago
      As I always say, it looks that it's built by blind people who have feet instead of hands
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone that thinks Bugatti gives a crap about some hobbled-together car with a big engine is a fool.

      The Bugatti is amazing not just because it's so flippin' fast, but because it's so flippin' fast and yet is so meticulously engineered and has every luxury feature known to man.
      You can go fast by bolting on a racing seat and slapping on some big engine on a tubeframe chassis. Now try doing that when having the luxury appointments usually reserved for Royals Royce or Bentley.

      Fast apples to fast and luxurious oranges.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A little thing called $$$$$$ per chance?
        It has nothing to do with what some might perceive as "competition" from SSC.

        SSC can go play with the likes of other exotics that shove a big engine onto a light frame - companies like Koenigsegg, Noble and a few others.

        Bugatti is in a league of its own.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ akboss302

        Thanks for the comment. You pretty much explained it to a tee. No one is saying that the SSC is not a fast car, but it's in a women's college basketball league compared to the Veryon's NBA. Whole other game.

        But clearly saying anything negative against one car, automatically labels you as a "fanboy." OH NOES!1!!
        Never mind the fact that I have repeated called the Veyron quite an ugly car... an ugly car with mind blowing engineering and amazing speed, but an ugly car none the less. Whatever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they didn't give a crap, then why did they come back with a faster car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bugatti built the Veyron SuperSport because it was the next evolution of the car - not because of anything Shelby is doing. The Veyron started production in 2004, and instead of the engineers sitting on their thumbs for the past half-decade, they were refining and developing the car to where it is now, the SS. It's not about just having 'the fastest car', the Aero TT is on Bugatti's radar the same as Porsche is concerned about a Mini Cooper stealing 911 sales...that is to say, they aren't.

        The Aero is a fast car, but so is anything with a big engine and sleek bodywork. What makes the Bugatti so much more is the Haldex AWD system that can operate at 400+ km/h, the DSG transmission that can pull of 150-ms shifts all day long (and year in/year out) with 1000 horsepower on tap, 8-piston carbon ceramic brakes or the fact that the engine is cooled by 10 radiators.

        It's like comparing Kraft Dinner to T-Bone steak. Both will fill you up, but the experience is vastly different.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh oh, we have a Bugatti fanboy.

        They're both hypercars, they're both competing for the same title, and they're both extremely exclusive.

        They saw a little bald American guy build a more powerful car that went 4mph faster than their car. They felt threatened, built a more powerful engine, improved aerodynamics, made it even more exclusive, and blasted the Aero's top speed by 10mph.

        Pricing has nothing to do with what I just asked. If they didn't care, they would of never built the Veyron SS to do what it did.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just wait until Mini hears about this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never quite understood how the SSC qualified as a "production car". As I understood it, they made like single-digit quantities of them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Try double digits. There were 50 of the first version. The revised version was 10.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They got Jason Castriota involved with the design? Now, they've got my interest, Hazdaz you should check out Jay Leno's piece on SSC .http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/at-the-garage/super-cars/2008-ssc-ultimate-aero/
      Yeah, it looks like a kit car but the engineering is solid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's fine, but there's a lot more to the Veyron than just top speed... like a real interior.
        • 5 Years Ago
        bobchi599 great comment, it's obvious that this place is dominated by veyron fans because you have been thumbed down for your comment. Too many top gear fans who base their knowledge on cars based on what top gear tells them with words like passion and quality and leather stitches!

        I think when Jay Leno reviewed the car he gave out the most detailed and unbiased opinion on both the amazing Veyron and incredible SSC.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @bobchi - Bugatti hasn't been around 100 years. The last real Bugatti was made in 1962, and the EB110 was the next car to be called a Bugatti. The biggest difference for me is that the SSC was designed specifically to be very fast. The Bugatti was designed to be an incredible car. That's why there's a $1,000,040 difference.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, I know someone who took their Aero on a rally. He owns many exotic cars including a Carrera GT, Ford GT, etc. He not only said it was the best car he's driven but it was more comfortable than any supercar he owns. By the way, he's a candidate for back surgery. I think there are a lot of comments about the Aero that are made based on complete assumptions. The fact that a company can come out with their first car ever and break the speed record is impressive. Bugatti's been around for, what 100 years, changed hands a few times, and now has VW money backing them. What Jerod has done is amazing and anyone who wants to knock him is being narrow minded and shallow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the 1200bhp Hennesssy Venom GT throwdown a top speed run lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'll be at least a year before they do that. The car is still in the development stages. They will do it, there's no doubt in my mind. Hennessey is all about high speeds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I read most of the comments on this board and while I applaud some of the American nationalism (we have started to lack it these days) I still throw my vote to the Veyron. It is a remarkable machine in both performance and luxury. I'll admit I wasn't too keen on the original's paint schemes and chrome wheels but the SS pictures that came out recently with the Black/Orange made it look more like a sports car, which appealed to me. As someone alluded to earlier, the Aero is definitely a performer, but there are lots of turbo'd and supercharged V8's out now that produce gobs of horsepower. Horsepower and speed are definitely nice, but they don't automatically put you in the same class as a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Bugatti. There are plenty of articles about blown Camaros and Mustangs, and they may be fast and powerful...but they're still Mustangs and Camaros. I think there's a Youtube video of someone who put twin turbos on his Lamborghini Gallardo and hit 250 mph (or near it). I think the true draw to the Bugatti is that you get a quad-turbo W16, an insane transmission, AWD, etc. with A/C and the other amenities. The SSC photo looks like a silver Lamborghini Diablo imitation except that the front fascia (at leas from the picture and side profile) looks like a cheap molded fiberglass piece. I'll admit I'm open to change my mind if I saw and heard it in person. While there are several past and present American sports cars I'd love to have, I don't really lust over any. The last American exotic I lusted over was the Vector W8 and their concept WX3. Those were special not just because of the speed and styling, but the interior with that digital dashboard that led to the "F-16 on wheels" quote. Everyone is concerned about speed now so I'll end with...I wish we could see the jet cars go for 800 mph in the land speed record again. Go Spirit of America or that rocket car they're working on that will "supposedly" be faster than a bullet shot from a .357!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Aero TT is the real deal. It's not a cheap fiberglass imitation. Check out the Jay Leno Garage sight. He has it on his sight and goes over it and shows what build quality it has and such. Its not just another TT V8.

        Veryon is purpose built to be insane. Veryon's advantage mainly other than its high speed settings is its unique-always has power engine and what has to be the best transmission/awd system around for its power and usage. I like the Aero and I'm interested in this new car and how different it can be. Maybe Shelby will add something techy specially designed to the car. Maybe not like the Veryon's but enough to help it further.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The lambo you refering to is putting out close to 1600 hp. Though the speed is impressive its hardly do the justice to 1600 hp.

        BTW you say that SSC reminds you of a lambo but whats wrong with that? Diablo still looks badass up to this day and if SSC somehow resembles it then I see it only as a compliment. Also there are plenty of badass and well built american supercars out there nowdays and I bet you there will be even more and more of them in the future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, the vector was cool and still is, windowed doors
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perfect comment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh crap, the Veyron has a flat tire.... wop wop wop....
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should compete for the 'ugliest supercar' award.
    • Load More Comments