|Headquarters||West Richland, USA|
|Products||Supercars, SSC Aero, SSC Tuatara|
|Website||SSC North America.com|
SSC North America (formerly Shelby SuperCars Inc.) is an American automobile manufacturer founded in 1998 by owner Jerod Shelby (no relation to car designer Carroll Shelby). The company is based in West Richland, near the Tri-Cities, Washington and specializes in the production of supercars.
They built the SSC Aero, equipped with a twin turbocharged pushrod engined V8s. Its turbocharged 6.35 litres (388 cu in) V8 produces 1,287 bhp (960 kW; 1,305 PS), which makes it the most powerful production car in the world, beating the Bugatti Veyron's 987 bhp (736 kW; 1,001 PS). On September 13, 2007, the "Ultimate Aero" took the title of fastest production car from the Bugatti Veyron. The Ultimate Aero has a top speed of 412 km/h (256 mph).
On June 26th 2010 the title was again lost to the upgraded Bugatti Veyron Super Sport that now holds the world speed record for production cars - 268 mph.
Their new car is the SSC Tuatara.
In 2008-7-12, SSC announced plans to unveil the Ultimate Aero EV (Electric Vehicle)(Cancelled). SSC expects to roll out its first prototype in February 2009. The car was advertised in the original press release as rechargeable in 10 minutes from a 240 V outlet, which has been criticised as impossible in some articles. The press release has since changed.
On August 24 the "rivalry" between Shelby and Bugatti for the title "World's fastest" was featured in an article on usatoday.com providing information that Jerod Shelby the owner of Shelby SuperCars Inc. has made an official announcement of the next generation of the SSC Ultimate to be unveiled in September 2010. The official website of the company has since also been updated with a tease about an upcoming unveiling of the next generation SSC Ultimate which SSC implied could break the new Bugatti record once again.
On July 17th, 2011 SSC announced their next generation supercar has been named Tuatara (pronounced too-ah‐tar‐ah). It uses a proprietary 6.9 litre V8 Engine and is said to produce a minimum output of 1350 hp.
In 2012, the company changed the name to SSC North America, as a result of a settlement with Carroll Shelby Licensing and Carroll Shelby International.
In August 2012, SSC announced a special edition of the Ultimate Aero called XT. With the new Tuatara on its way, SSC is retiring the Ultimate Aero ending its production with a limited special edition. To celebrate its run SSC is launching this final special edition named Ultimate Aero XT. The car 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. The engine is officially rated at 1,300-horsepower and 1,004 pound-feet of torque.
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