• Oct 10, 2010
2011 SSC Ultimate Aero II – Click above for high-res image gallery

Top Gear has let loose another batch of pics showcasing the SSC Ultimate Aero II. In addition to the tantalizing imagery, we get some facts and figures. For starters, this new Ultimate Aero is powered by a 6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that can scream up to a 9,000 rpm redline. Power? 1,350 horses, every last drop of which will be needed to hit the targeted top speed of 275 mph. Obviously, this rocketship won't be available for short money; it's going to cost $970,000.

SSC aims to recapture the production car speed record it initially took away from Bugatti, which responded this year by building the Veryron Supersport just to get it back. Shelby Supercars believes the Ultimate Aero II will once again allow it to take back the speed crown.

SSC team isn't simply relying on monster power and a slick Jason Castriota-styled exterior. In a nod to Colin Chapman, the new Aero weighs much less than a Veyron thanks to a handful of engineering feats. The wheels are the world's first one-piece carbon-fiber units and tip the scale at just under 13 pounds. In fact, there's carbon-fiber all over the Ultimate Aero II, with the exception of some aluminum bracing for added safety in the event of a crash. Overall, the car weighs about 2,600 pounds, giving it a power-to-weight ratio nearly double that of the Bugatti Veyron. Those specs pretty much say that it isn't so much a question of whether the SSC Ultimate Aero II car will set a record, only when it'll finally happen.



[Source: Top Gear via Motor Authority]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a great looking car and a super exciting concept. Maybe I don't have the most thorough understanding of aerodynamics, but I HIGHLY doubt those dinky little rear wings are going to keep this 1,350hp, 2600lb car from going all Mercedes CLR as it crests 250.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thats because they are meant to channel air over the car and are not for down force. It mentions them briefly in the topgear article.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its interesting how this car can do those speeds without all the 10 turbochargers, 15 cylinders, aerospace-grade spoilers, hand-made tires, bolts that are dipped in holy water... of the veyron.

      I hope its not one of those supercars that blows up after the 10th use

      Oh well good job Shelby SuperCars, wish other american car companies were as innovative.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Its funny because in your exagerated statement you actually Understated the amount of cylinders the veyron has...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The wheels are the most impressive part, as impressive as the rest of the car is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being tat the Veyron weight mores... the Veyron would be more stable at top speeds then this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL! If I had this CAR the license plate would read: “DEEZNUTZ” ;^)...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly, who cares about top speed anymore? After 200 mph, its all academic. There's a reason why 'Ring times are in fashion these days; any yahoo can slap a 1000hp LS-derived crate-motor in a kit car and go really fast, but it takes impressive engineering to produce an automobile that can deliver a complete driving experience AND be beautiful at the same time. This thing looks like a ten-year-old drew it. Stuff like this is for Sheiks, rappers, and lotto-winners.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wait a second... people this THIS car isn't beautiful? Look at it, it's sick! The Veyron is butt ugly. Sure all your other points are valid but don't knock on this car's style. It looks like air slips and falls all over the damn thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        im with you man
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, because there are no sheiks with Veyron's right? Not any whatsoever?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Put a 2000 hp motor in your car and let me know how that top speed run goes.

        It takes a LOT of engineering and design to get a car up to these kinds of speeds. Don't knock it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      not a day goes by where I don't need to go 440km/h : ) on a road

      the design looks good but I'm not sure it's really aerodynamically rationally optimized.
      rear wheels should probably be covered on the top half and I doubt the mouth opening in the front is aerodynamically sound so it will push a cushion in front of it and at 440 that's a lot of drag.

      and at some point you really want to have some ducted fans at the back so you can take off into the air..
      • 4 Years Ago
      this has to be the most aerodynamic street car i have ever seen you can see how the air will move over the body.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I for one love what has happened here. Although I really have no interest in this sort of car (not that I would ever turn the chance to drive one down) I love the top speed wars. Any sort of engineering competition is the type that pushes technology further.

      That said, besides the top speed there really is not much of a comparison to the Bugatti and the Aero. The Aero is purely a work of engineering, it is a purpose built top speed machine, with the afterthought of streetability. VW had a dare I say Phantomesque goal in mind when they designed the Veyron. It was built to be the greatest car in the world. It was to have an outrageous power level coming from an outrageous engine (who needs a quad turbo w16?). However this car would be bearable to drive at low speeds or at its peak, as the driver would be swathed in absolute luxury.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In a world where the McLaren successor looks completely unoriginal, and the Enzo-beating Ferrari has a frog face and 3 exhaust pipes, this car is sex on wheels! What a perfect design! That's how you do taillights, by the way!
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey there! Here i found a nice site about luxury cars!!!! http://carsamazingcarsgirls.blogspot.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speechless except to say that Castriota has redeemed himself from the slight atrocity that was the Mantide and thank you to SSC and Castriota for finally giving us in America the first proper supercar since the 1960's Ferrari-ass-kicking Ford GT40!!!
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