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SSC Ultimate Aero II - Watch the "unveiling" teaser video after the jump

Shelby Supercars' Ultimate Aero TT used to be the fastest production car in the world, its 256-mph record speed eclipsing even the mighty Bugatti Veyron. Then, as of a few weeks ago, Bugatti got its act together and topped SSC's number with the new Veyron Super Sport – to the tune of 267.81 mph.

In August at Monterey, the Ultimate Aero successor, the Ultimate Aero II – penned by new Saab design chief Jason Castriota (he of Bertone Mantide / Ferrari P4/5 fame) – was unveiled in a private ceremony captured on YouTube. It was all a tease; the car was never actually shown in the "unveiling" video, only the attendees' reaction to it. Suffice it to say, the car was well-received.

And now we know why. Jalopnik has secured a pair of leaked images slated to appear in Top Gear magazine in conjunction with the car's official launch next week. As you can see, Castriota's influence is plainly visible in the Ultimate Aero II's detailing. It's got an edgier, more assertive appearance than its predecessor, and we can only assume that it has the power to back up its menacing new looks. We can't wait to get the scoop on September 8 when SSC releases full details.

In the meantime, head over to Jalopnik to see the second leaked photo and follow the jump to watch the teaser video filmed at the Ultimate Aero II's private Monterey unveiling.

[Source: Jalopnik]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      sooo. . . That isnt a spaceship ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Castriota designed a white p4/5. Gigantic improvement over the first 'aero'. Now just fix the name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will make me forget the Aero I.
      • 4 Years Ago
      excede? you mean exceed... watch the second video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Alright, I thought that this car was going to have the original's kit car styling, but this actually looks like a proper supercar.

      Good work Shelby, now lets see how it runs
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. I feel so sorry for Saab. I don't think Castriota could draw an attractive car if someone gave him a photograph of a Ferrari 250 GTO and said, "trace this."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hehehe from how your comment is being voted on, I'd say your quite alone, there :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, Castriota must have spent all day accessing the site from different IP addresses to vote me down because there's no way that all of the tasteful, intelligent Autoblog readers could possibly think this is a good looking car...

        I hope at the very least you can all agree that this guy has basically just been making the same car over and over again. Look at the Mantide, this and that travesty he perpetrated in Ferrari's name and explain to me how this guy has a single original thought.

        I guess on the bright side none of you will have to fight me for a place in line to buy one...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog,

      Love the blog, I'm a long time fan.

      PLEASE let me know next time you post a video with smoking and swearing. I regularly watch videos with my 6 year old son.

      Keep up the otherwise good work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well it better be faster than the Veyron or their marketing it going to suffer. They put it out there now I hope they can back it up. Would be a excellent if they can pull it off and I love the looks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh plz!, Bugatti's tire is more beautiful than this thing
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree

        Veryon > This

        Veryon is much more elegant this looks a mess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree, the Veyron looks bland and ugly. The ONLY good looking thing is the rear-end, (and maybe the tires with the many, many spokes... :D) The reason why people think it's "beautiful" is because of the records it can break.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally, I think they should have stayed with the first design. This thing's FUGLY.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, talk about an improvement.

      Now let's see the interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        huge improvement, echoing your calls to see inside, the current aero's even worse inside than out :/. I'm glad they 'bothered' to higher someone who wasn't blind this time around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks like a Porsche 906......Which is a very good thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like most of you, I think this is a bit of an improvement.

        However, I didn't really see much wrong with the old one. If nothing else, this should get some of the haters to focus on the mechanicals and performance. Getting a car over 200 MPH without having it it kill the driver in ove of over a couple dozen ways is an accomplishment (especially as far as earodynamics is concerned). It's not like a like a lot of people contend around here... you know the "I can put a big engine/turbos/etc. in a kit car and have it go 250MPH" crowd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Definitely and improvement! However, while I'm glad they actually took the time to name this car instead of doing the alphanumeric macarena, I wish it was something other than "Ultimate Aero (II)".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow. That first vid looks like a tent full o' professional d0uche-b4gs.

        +And why does the Asian guy in the black jacket look like he's just smelled a particularly sour fart whilst having a baby alligator attached to his scr0tum?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Improvement?
        That's an understatement... the last one made me want to throw up every time I saw it...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is a big improvement! But, I am still hoping to see a second iteration of the Ford GT with a 427 twin turbo engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It has mild undertones of the Nissan GTR, Maserati MC12, Audi R8, Lambo & Ferrari on the sides. Then again you can say that about any car because they usually have to follow certain guidelines depending on the purpose of the car.

        I like it, a lot! It looks good... This is coming from a person who lives, breathes and dies thinking only of European automobiles! I am very eager to witness the interior. I am putting my money on minimalistic, clean and very Swedish if its the Saab director overlooking the interior department as well for this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WOW! The more I look, the better it looks! WHOOOOAA!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport with blue carbon fiber is the most beautiful thing that I've ever seen and this car doesn't come close to it.
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