Shelby Supercars is the manufacturer of the SSC Ultimate aero supercar you see here. Mr. Jerold Shelby (no relation to Carol Shelby) is the brain behind the development of the SCC Ultimate Aero which on its debut, broke the record for the fastest supercar in the world, since reclaimed by the Bugatti Super Sport. Mr. Shelby started out building replicas of the Ferrari F355 and the Lamborghini Diablo, but after awhile got the bug to build his own supercar. The goal was to build the Ultimate drivers car and to be the fastest in the world, (a feat he accomplished in September 2007, verified by the Guinness Book of Records with a top speed of 257 mph).
Today’s Ultimate Aero is powered by a SSC designed, one-piece aluminum V8 block with twin turbo chargers producing an astounding 1287 horse power, and 1112 pound feet of torque. The engine was designed with structural integrity and oiling capabilities in mind, to create the most powerful and reliable engine.
They also enlisted the expertise of the American company Aeromotive to create the fuel delivery systems that could handle the demands that an engine like this has. With a curb weight of 2,750 lbs, this gives the Ultimate Aero an unmatched power to weight ratio of 2.14 lbs/Hp. The Ultimate Aero also has an Ideal overall balance of 48/52 front to back which gives the car an unbelievably stable and controlled feel at speeds. It has a 105.2” wheel base and an overall length of 176.2”. I would be watching out for pot holes because this car sits so low to the ground with a clearance of only 4in.
The Ultimate Aero can thank its light weight to the extensive use of Carbon materials throughout the vehicle. The whole chassis is made of carbon fiber, except for the two aluminum crash rails, as well as all the body panels. This vehicle has undergone extensive wind tunnel testing and in tests has been shown capable of a top speed of 273mph. It also has a really low drag coefficient of 0.357. There is a complete belly pan with underside venturi’s to help suck this car to the ground.
The car also has track tuned suspension and has all these features; Unequal Length Upper and Lower A-Arms, Coil Over Springs, Remote Reservoir-Adjustable Penske Coil Shocks, Cab Controlled Air Lift and Anti-Roll bars. The Aero also has Carbon Ceramic Brakes and has huge 14in rotors all the way around, with 8 piston calipers up front and 6 piston calipers in the rear. The Ultimate Aero is equipped with Forged 3-Piece Alloy wheels 19×9-1/2 in front and 20×13 in the rear. The wheels are fitted with Michelin Pilot SportPS2 tires 235/35YR/19 in front and 335/30YR20’s in the rear. You can upgrade to the lighter carbon fiber wheels, this is a must have option in my opinion.
The interior of the Ultimate Aero is quite nicely appointed with a leather wrapped dash, gauges are all in the right places and it has quite a lot of head room. It also has some really nice creature comforts the you wouldn’t expect in a car that was made to be the fastest in the world, these include; Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power mirrors, Tilt-Steering, Cab-Controlled Front Air Lift, 10 Speaker premium Audio, CD/DVD system w/7.5 inch Display Screen, Automatic Backup Camera and a Navigation system.
The Ultimate Aero has a suggested retail price tag of $650,000 and when you take into account what you get for that, it sounds like a bargain to me. You get the world’s second fastest car (second only to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport with a price tag of over 2 million), 1287 horse power top speed of 257 mph, jaw dropping good looks and you also get a 1year unlimited warranty. This is a collectors must have supercar.
Keep your eye out for SSC newest edition to their line up, the ultra secret next generation Aero, set to brake all records and place SSC firmly as the fastest road car manufacturer once again.