SSC Aero

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SSC Aero
SSC Ultimate Aero TT - 1.jpg
Manufacturer SSC North America
Also called SSC
Production 2006–2013
Assembly United States
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive

2006: 6.3-liter 387.2 cu in V8
2007: 6.4-liter 387.8 cu in V8

2013: 6.9-liter 423.6 cu in V8
Length 176.2 in (4,475 mm)[1]
Width 82.7 in (2,101 mm)[1]
Height 43.0 in (1,092 mm)[1]
Curb weight 2,848 lb (1,292 kg) – 2,800 lb (1,270 kg)
Successor SSC Tuatara

The SSC Ultimate Aero is an American-built mid-engine sports car by SSC North America (formerly known as Shelby SuperCars). The higher-performance limited-production version had formerly been listed in Guinness World Records as the fastest production car in the world. The record is currently held by Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, since 2010 when it reached the speed of 431.072  km/h. In April 2013 the record briefly reverted to the SSC Ultimate Aero during an investigation by Guinness World Records. The SSC Ultimate Aero does not have electronic aids such as ABS brakes or traction control, as according to Jerod Shelby, "Early design philosophy on the car was to make it a driver's car. I wanted a car that you not only throttled with your right foot but at times you could steer with your right foot."

The Aero and the Shelby SuperCars company are the brainchildren of Jerod Shelby (no relation to late racing driver and sportscar builder Carroll Shelby), who started out building exotic "replicars" including a Fiero-based Ferrari F355 replica and a Lamborghini Diablo replica based on a spaceframe which later was used in the Ultimate Aero prototype. Shelby later moved from building replicas to designing his first supercar and after seven years it finally began to take shape. Both the basic Aero model and the Ultimate Aero are no longer in production.


2004 - SSC Aero SC/8T №1[edit]

SSC Aero SC/8T - this prototype №1 was built using a Lamborghini Diablo Replicar chassis with twin turbocharged engine mated to a G-64 6-speed manual transmission (also used in the Dodge Viper).

Technical specification

  • Engine - Corvette C5R
  • Horsepower - 782 bhp @ 6600 rpm
  • Torque - 860 N·m @ 5800 rpm
  • Redline - 7200 rpm
  • Max Speed - 380 km/h (236 mph)
  • Dry Weight - 2,720 lbs. = 1234 kg.

Prototype №01 was sold in the 2008 Barett-Jackson Palm Beach auction with a winning bid price of $189,200.[2]

2005 - SSC Aero SC/8T №1 (Update)[edit]

SSC Aero SC/8T №1 Update - this update version in prototype №1 2004 year.

Technical specification

  • Engine - Corvette C5R
  • Horsepower - 908 bhp @ 6600 rpm
  • Torque - 1045 N·m @ 5800 rpm
  • Redline - 7200 rpm
  • Max Speed - 390 km/h (242 mph)
  • Dry Weight -- 2,720 lbs. = 1234 kg.

2005 - SSC Ultimate Aero SC/8T №2[edit]

SSC Ultimate Aero SC/8T - this prototype №2.

Aerodynamic Testing
Wind tunnel testing indicates that the Ultimate Aero could theoretically reach a top speed of 439 km/h (273 mph) given appropriate transmission gear ratios, although the supplied transmission would result in 418 km/h (260 mph)[3] at the car's redline. The base Aero, however, should "only" reach about 380 km/h (236 mph).[4] The Ultimate Aero accelerates from 0–96 km/h in 2.78 seconds,[5] slower than the Bugatti Veyron which achieves 0–96 km/h in 2.46 seconds partially due to its AWD drivetrain.[6]

Technical specification

  • Engine - Corvette C5R
  • Horsepower - 787 bhp @ 6600 rpm
  • Torque - 998 N·m @ 5800 rpm
  • Redline - 7200 rpm
  • Max Speed - 380 km/h (236 mph)
  • Dry Weight - 2,850 lbs. = 1293 kg.

2006 - SSC Ultimate Aero[edit]

SSC Ultimate Aero - this extreme version vehicles in prototype SSC Aero SC/8T.

Styling of the Aero includes the use of butterfly doors similar to those found on the McLaren F1 and Enzo Ferrari. Carbon fiber and titanium are used throughout the car, helping to limit the weight to 1,293 kilograms (2,851 lb) for the standard Aero. SSC Ultimate Aero - this is the final version of the prototype. Has increased engine displacement of 6.34 L (387 cu in) and increased boost of 14 psi (0.97 bar).

Technical specification

  • Engine - Supercharged V8 Chevrolet
  • Horsepower - 1,046 bhp (780 kW; 1,061 PS) @ 6950 rpm
  • Torque - 1,113 N·m (821 lb·ft) @ 6200 rpm
  • Redline - 7200 rpm
  • Max Speed - 400 km/h (248.548 mph)[3]
  • Dry Weight - 2,640 lbs. = 1197 kg.

+ Twin Turbo System
With an optional Twin Turbo system equipped, the engine gave 1203 PS (1187 hp).

Race Version
Rumors persist that the Ultimate Aero TT is nothing more than a stripped down racing version of the base Aero (rumors that the car has no air conditioning for example); however, such claims have been proven false.[3][7]
The engine in the base Aero model was a supercharged V8 Chevrolet Small Block series engine rated at 1,077 PS (792 kW; 1,062 hp) at 6600 rpm and 1,357 N·m (1,001 lbf·ft) at 5800 rpm, with the supercharger at 8 psi (0.55 bar) and running on 91 octane gasoline.

Versions and modifications[edit]

2007 - SSC Ultimate Aero TT[edit]

SSC Ultimate Aero TT - it is a turbocharged version of the SSC Ultimate Aero released in 2007.
The engine in the base Aero model is the same as the previous year, but the Ultimate Aero has a 6.35 liter (388 cubic inch) engine.

Technical specification

  • Engine - Supercharged V8 Chevrolet
  • Horsepower - 1,183 bhp (882 kW; 1,199 PS) @ 6950 rpm
  • Torque - 1,483 N·m (1,094 lb·ft) @ 6150 rpm
  • Redline - 7200 rpm
  • Max Speed - 412 km/h (256 mph)
  • Dry Weight - 2,750 lbs. = 1247 kg.

The car is designed to use 92-octane gasoline.[8] The 6-speed transmission is readjusted to increase the theoretical top speed to 437 kilometres per hour (272 mph) at 7200 rpm.
Wheels on the base model are sized 460-millimetre (18 in) at the front and 480-millimetre (19 in) at the rear, while the Ultimate Aero TT has wheels an inch larger at each end.
The 2007 models are heavier, with the base model weighing 1,293 kilograms (2,851 lb), and Ultimate version 1,250 kilograms (2,760 lb). Unlike the previous year, base models have a navigation system, 10-speaker audio/CD/DVD system, video/DVD screen, back-up camera, air-conditioning, and trunk space as standard equipment. These come optional on the Ultimate. The first production 2007 Ultimate Aero TT car was sold on eBay for US$431,100. Later cars are expected to cost US$285,000.[9] Only 24 Ultimate Aero TTs were produced from 2006-2007. The Ultimate Aero TT made its international debut on the International Show Circuit in November 2006.

Specifications 2008:
In 2008 models of Ultimate Aero, 4 changes were made:

  • New Twin-Turbo V8
  • All new aluminum engine block
  • Standard HRE Monoblok wheels
  • Azentek Atlas computer infotainment system[10]

2009 - SSC Ultimate Aero TT (Updated version)[edit]

SSC Ultimate Aero TT'2009 - this is an updated version of the supercar Ultimate Aero TT developed in 2009. The new Ultimate Aero has 15% more power. SSC predicts a top speed of over 270 mph (430 km/h) is possible. In order to prevent the engine from overheating, airflow to the engine has been increased 20% with new carbon fiber louvers. The nose has been redesigned to make the car more aerodynamic, and the interior has been redesigned. The new Aero also has a new AeroBrake system, which is a spoiler that rises up to 8 in (203.2 mm) when the brake is pressed.[11]

Technical specification

  • Engine - 6.3L Twin Turbocharged V8
  • Horsepower - 1,287 bhp (960 kW; 1,305 PS) @ 6075 rpm
  • Torque - 1,508 N·m (1,112 lb·ft) @ 6150 rpm
  • Redline - 7200 rpm
  • Dry Weight - 2,750 lbs. = 1247kg.
  • Length reduced to 176.2 in (4,475.5 mm)
  • A 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero, albeit with the new prototype SSC Tuatara gearbox fitted, clocked 6 runs of 0-200 mph in under 16s, (15.1s - 15.8s) according to SSC's gear ratio testing results.[12]

Special versions[edit]

2009 - SSC Ultimate Aero EV (Designed model)[edit]

SSC announced the production of the Ultimate Aero EV, an electrical version of the sports car. The released specifications include using 500 hp(373 kW) electric motor, with SSC also exploring the potential of using 2 engines in 2 or 4 wheel drive configuration. "I think we can do it faster, leaner and cleaner than any other manufacturer," claims the SSC founder, Jerod Shelby. SSC planned to produce its first prototype in February 2009, with production to begin as early as Q4 of 2009.

As part of the production plan, SSC also announced it had contracted with Sheffield International Finance Corporation to initiate the company's first acceptance of outside capital since its inception.[13]

In 2009 SSC announced electric powertrain and Ultimate Aero EV specifications.[14] "SSC will display its AESP in the Ultimate Aero EV in order to prove that electric-powered vehicles will not only match but also provide more linear power ... and overall performance than internal combustion cars. The Ultimate Aero EV uses a twin motor AESP producing 1,000 hp (746 kW) and 800 lb·ft (1,100 N·m) of torque enabling it to reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h). Not only does the Ultimate Aero EV have a range of 150–200 miles on a single charge, but SSC's "Charge on the Run" onboard charging system allows for full battery recharges in as little as 10 minutes. No news has been heard since about the project.

  • Length and width reduced from Ultimate Aero engine car version

2013 - SSC Ultimate Aero XT[edit]

SSC Ultimate Aero XT - The special edition to celebrate the end of production run of the model. The XT will be built in a limited run of just five examples and will utilize some key assemblies that will feature in the Tuatara, for instance, SSC's proprietary developed 6.9 litre all-aluminum twin-turbo V8 engine unit and several other features to go along with the new engine unit such as enhanced cooling, transmission upgrades as well as a seven-speed paddle-shifted gearbox.[15][16]

Technical specification (official manufacturer numbers)

  • Engine - SSC proprietary Billet Aluminum 423.6 cubic-inch / 6.94 litre Twin-Turbo V8
  • Horsepower - 1,300 bhp (969 kW; 1,318 PS) @ 6800 rpm
  • Torque - 1,361 N·m (1,004 lb·ft) @ 6800 rpm
  • Redline - 9200 rpm
  • Max Speed - 275 mph /443kmh
  • Drag Coefficient - 0.357
  • Dry Weight - 2,800 lbs. = 1270 kg.

Speed record[edit]

Simulation and testing at NASA's Virginia facility had shown the Ultimate Aero TT theoretically capable of attaining approximately 273 mph (439 km/h),[17] sufficient to surpass the production car record-holding Bugatti Veyron's 253.7 mph (408.3 km/h).

A 12-mile (19 km) stretch of U.S. Route 93 in Nevada was closed on March 21, 2007 to allow SSC to test the Ultimate Aero TT, but the attempt was called off due to bad weather.

An effort the following day failed due to sub-optimal conditions, test driver Rick Doria reporting wheel-spin at speeds above 190 mph (310 km/h).[18]

Six months later SSC announced they had established a new production car speed record of 256.18 mph (412.28 km/h) in West Richland, WA on September 13, 2007. In accordance with FIA Speed Records rules it was an average of two runs in opposite directions, 257.44 mph (414.31 km/h) and 254.91 mph (410.24 km/h). The results were verified by the Guinness World Records on October 9 2007.

SSC also applied to Guinness for the world record for the highest power for an emissions-legal production automobile.[19]

The record-breaking 2007 Ultimate Aero Chassis #TT-02 was later auctioned by the company.[20]

Its record was broken on July 4, 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which reached a certified top speed of 431.00 km/h (267.81 mph).[21]


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  6. ^ "Autocar Magazine: Bugatti Veyron Road Test". 
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  10. ^ "Three Changes Announced for the Ultimate Aero in 2008". 
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  13. ^ "SSC 'Going Green' In New SuperCar Development". 
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  20. ^ "Details of the World Record Car Auction". Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  21. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (2010-04-07). "Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport sets land speed record at 267.81 mph (431.00 km/h)! — Autoblog". Retrieved 2010-07-19. 

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