SSC Ultimate Aero

Model Years 2004-2013
Top Speed (mph)

2007-256

2013-275 (theoretical)

Horsepower 1183
Torque (lb-ft) 1094
0-60 (sec.) 2.8

The SSC Ultimate Aero was Jerod Shelby's company's, SSC, first attempt at breaking record for the World's Fastest. By 2007, the Bugatti Veyron had been at the top of the leaderboards for more then 2 years, the SSC was determined to dethrone it. So, SSC built an incredibly light, just 2750 lbs, incredibly aerodyanmic car with the express purpose of defeating the Veyron. In September, 2007, Guinness confirmed that the Ultimate Aero had reached a confirmed top speed of 256 mph, beating the Bugatti Veyron by 3 mph. The Ultimate Aero held on to the record for another 3 years, until Bugatti came back and destroyed the Ultimate Aero's record by 11 mph. In 2013, to celebrate the end of production, SSC announced a special edition of the Ultimate Aero, to be called the Ultimate Aero XT. It features an upgraded version of the new Tuatara's 6.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that has been tuned to a ridiculous 1500 horsepower and will ditch the Ultimate Aero's six-speed manual transmission for a seven-speed paddle-shifted transmission. SSC claims that the XT can go as fast as 275 mph, potentially matching or beating their new Tuatara. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen as SSC haven't done any official high speed testing, but even if it doesn't happen, the Ultimate Aero continues to be one of the fastest cars America has ever produced.

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