Production of the ultra-powerful, ultra-fast SSC Ultimate Aero is coming to an end, and the boys over at SSC North America (formerly Shelby SuperCars) are sending it off in style. Dubbed "Ultimate Aero XT," this is the final production run of the one-time world-record-holding hypercar, only five will be built, and will feature many key elements from the forthcoming Tuatara hypercar from SSC.

For starters, and perhaps most importantly, it gets the twin-turbocharged, dual-intercooled aluminum block V8 from its awkwardly named successor. With 6.9 liters of displacement (up from 6.35-liters in the standard Aero), and the aforementioned forced induction, SSC says the XT puts out a stupefying 1,300 horsepower. Other kit ported over from the Tuatara includes a paddle shift-operated seven-speed gearbox, cooling system, fuel system and brakes.

As if the XT wasn't already exclusive enough, the personalized paint schemes chosen by the five lucky XT customers will never be used again by SSC. Says SSC founder and CEO, Jerod Shelby, "It will certainly stand apart from any other Ultimate Aero in the market today."

The XT has a 44/56 front-to-rear weight distribution, and runs on 19x9.5-inch alloy wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber. Other comforts include a cab-controlled front air-lift for speed bumps and the like, a backup camera and navigation system.

Pricing has yet to be released.

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SSC Announces Limited Production of Five Ultimate Aero XT's

WEST RICHLAND, WA (08/02/2012)

SSC North America, the American supercar manufacturer and creator of the Guinness World Record breaking Ultimate Aero, is proud to offer a very "Limited Edition" of the Ultimate Aero to enthusiasts worldwide. This limited, extreme edition will utilize some key assemblies that will be featured in the upcoming revolutionary Tuatara.

"The demand for us to deliver additional Ultimate Aero's has been overwhelming," says Jerod Shelby, Founder, Lead Designer and CEO of SSC. "We have just raised the bar again by adding some of the cutting-edge elements from our Tuatara, to this very small production run of Ultimate Aero XT's."

These five very unique, collectable Ultimate Aeros will be classified as the 2013 Ultimate Aero XT. Each 2013 Ultimate Aero XT will feature a 1300 horsepower version of the Tuatara power plant, 7-speed Tuatara paddle shift and the Tuatara cooling, fuel and braking systems.

The aggressive paint scheme with colors chosen by the customer will never be used again on an Ultimate Aero or Tuatara. It certainly will stand apart from any other Ultimate Aero in the market today.

After the 5 limited edition Ultimate Aero XT's are sold, production of the Ultimate Aero will permanently conclude.


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      Bryant Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      the pictures look like they were done in paint :/
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the Tuatara! If the Huayra is anything to go by, just because a hypercar has a stupid name doesn't mean it can't be something special. And the small fact that it's designed by Castriota and has 1350hp. Unless they do something completely stupid, looks like the 268mph record is theirs to break.
      Daekwan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Close out production? Since when did they sell one. I'm sorry but this kit car Veyron killer never caught on to begin with.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Worthless. Needs more horsepower.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will is be as fast as my Forester XT? Ha! They walked right into that one. Could they have been more creative than to use the same paint scheme as the 'ultimate' Bugatti? And I can hear what you all are thinking about me driving a Forester. That would be a TURBO dyke-wagon to you, gentlemen.
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, here's what I don't understand. They used to use Ford Focus HID headlamps from like 2004. They didn't completely fit the shape of their front end so they had to schmoo the surface around them until it looked like a bad art school pottery project. Now they've gone ahead and designed their own headlamps (or found some suitable aftermarket option) but they didn't change their shape or the horrible surfacing around them. The HEADLAMPS weren't the problem guys. The horrible surfacing to make them fit was. So now that you were unconstrained by a production headlamp from another vehicle, you didn't take advantage and just redesign the whole headlamp area? *SIGH* Here's hoping the Tuatuaruaurtaeua is better executed. Also does this thing turn? I mean, going for top speed is great and all, but a Bugatti Super Sport can also lap the Top Gear track in like 1:16. Somehow I doubt this can...
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        You're wondering if a car with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s and a ~2,800lb curb weight will turn?
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        @Muttons - You have been playing too much Forza or GranTurismo.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        Does it turn? Yeah...thats what the big round thing called a steering wheel is for.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        I don't think it would be unable to turn or handle therefore setting a bad laptime. It's low, aerodynamic, has wide grippy tires, and weighs over 1000lb less than the Veyron. Why nobody has taken one around a track for a time is probably because there are so few of them about and it's 1300hp to 2 rear tires with absolutely no electronic safety net.
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      'God' may be a delusion, but that car certainly proves 'gaudy' is alive and well....
      Smiley
      • 2 Years Ago
      The name of the company is SSC, not SSH. That stands for Shelby Super Cars. Not Shelby Hyper Cars. Quit trying to make some 4th graders fantasy come true. Get your car terminology correct.
      Ihab
      • 2 Years Ago
      They couldn't afford Photoshop so they used Paint instead?
      mxrz
      • 2 Years Ago
      How the hell do you put all that power down if you only have 9.5" wide wheels, that means at best, you only have a 285mm wide tire. Stupid design decision? Also, Pilot PS2's, are they even rated to go anywhere near 350km/h?
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mxrz
        THey're probably talking about the fronts, because the rears on the regular Ultimate Aeros have 335 width tires.
      elanjacobs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Michelin PS2?? Did they miss the memo announcing the PS3s a few years ago? Or better yet, the Pilot Super Sport
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