SSC will launch its challenger to the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport next month
17 August 2010

Shelby SuperCars will launch its challenger for the title of world’s fastest production car next month.

The firm previously claimed the record with its SSC Ultimate Aero in 2007 with a speed of 412.28km/h (256.23mph), but this was eclipsed in June when Bugatti’s Veyron 16.4 Super Sport clocked 431.072km/h (267.91mph).

See pics of the SSC Ultimate Aero and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

SSC will put 12 units of its new supercar into production, each unit costing between $800,000 and $900,000 (£510,000-£575,000).

The model was shown in private to VIPs and selected guests last month, while a similar event took place at Pebble Beach over the weekend.

The car is the work of new design chief Jason Castriota, who has worked on models including the Ferrari 599 and Maserati GranTurismo.

Read more on Bugatti setting the land speed record for a production car

In a statement last month, SSC said the new model would be “upping the ante on all fronts” over the Ultimate Aero. No location for next month’s launch has been set, although the firm has released a teaser image of the new car on its website.

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18 August 2010

[quote Autocar]SSC Ultimate Aero[/quote]

You just get the impression that the Veyron could drive to the test, perform, and still be as good to drive you home again. In comfort.

The SSC gives the impression of someone in a shed bolting an even bigger turbo to a very old lumbering American V8 powered plastic bath tub!

18 August 2010

Symanski, you just saved me time by writing the definative two line assination of a truely gruesome effort from Uncle Sam, bravo!

Peter Cavellini.

18 August 2010

Ultimate Aero sounds like a very large chocolate bar.

19 August 2010

Fascinating how the auto market is polarising between ultra-green and ultra-non-green (red?), almost as if one was a reaction to the other.

20 August 2010

[quote Symanski]The SSC gives the impression of someone in a shed bolting an even bigger turbo to a very old lumbering American V8 powered plastic bath tub![/quote]

Here's a fairly in-depth look at it from Jay Leno's Garage website:

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/at-the-garage/super-cars/2008-ssc-ultimate-aero/

20 August 2010

[quote MHanna]

Here's a fairly in-depth look at it from Jay Leno's Garage website:

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/at-the-garage/super-cars/2008-ssc-ultimate-aero/

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Careful MHanna, you don’t want to confuse them with fact, it impedes their own distorted storyline.

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