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SSC Aero

The SSC Aero is an American made sports car manufactured by SSC North America. Jared Shelby, who designed and built the Aero, formally built exotic car replicas. The first Aero prototype was built in 2004 with a second prototype in 2005 and the first production model in 2006.

The first prototype featured a 908 hp Corvette C5R engine that could reach a top speed of 242 mph. The second prototype used a 787 hp Corvette C5R engine and could reach 236 mph.

The first production model of the Aero used a Supercharged Chevrolet V8 having 1,046 hp and an optional system with a twin turbo climbing the hp to 1187 — top speed was 248.548 mph. Two versions of the SSC Aero were made — a base version and the SSC Ultimate Aero.

The SSC Ultimate Aero TT is a turbocharged version of the SSC Ultimate Aero, built in 2007. It featured a larger 6.35-litre Chevrolet V-8 engine that produced 1,183 hp, 1,483 lb-ft of torque and had a top speed of 256 mph. A top speed of 272 mph could theoretically be achieved with the readjusted 6-speed transmission.

It was designed to use 92-octane gasoline. The 2007 models were heavier than previous models with a few extra features. The base model came standard with a navigation system, 10-speaker audio/CD/DVD unit, back-up camera, and air-conditioning. These features were an option on the Ultimate. Only 24 Ultimate Aero TTs were manufactured.

In 2008 there were several changes made to the Ultimate Aero: a new twin-turbo engine with an all-aluminum block, HRE Monoblok wheels, and an Azentek Atlas computer infotainment system.

In 2009 the Ultimate Aero TT has a redesigned nose for aerodynamics and featured a new AeroBrake system that automatically raised the rear spoiler when the brakes were applied. The 6.3-litre twin-turbo produced 1,287 hp and 1,112 lb-ft of torque, with an estimated 272.5 mph top speed.

Also in 2009 an Ultimate Aero EV electric model was produced featuring 2 electric engines. This version had 1,000 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque that could reach 0 – 60 in 2.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 208 mph. It could go between 150 – 200 miles on a charge.

In 2013 the SSC Ultimate Aero XT was produced as a special edition and limited to five units. It features a 6.9-litre twin-turbo V-8 with 1,300 hp and 1,004 lb-ft of torque — top speed is estimated at 275 mph.

On October 9, 2007 the SSC Ultimate Aero was given the title of the world’s fastest production vehicle and was verified by Guinness World Records. It reached a speed of 256.18 mph. However, on July 4, 2010 that record was broken by a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport with a speed of 267.81 mph.

Image Caption: Ultimate Aero TT photographed in Redmond, WA. Credit: Nate Hawbaker/Wikipedia (CC BY 1.0 UPDD)

SSC Aero