What is it?
Possibly the world’s fastest production car. Never mind the Bugatti Veyron, because SSC, a small manufacturer based in Washington, US, is now turning out the Ultimate Aero TT, and its twin-turbocharged Corvette V8 motor punches out 1183bhp. That’s more power than any road car, ever. It’s been tested to a gentle 230mph so far, but the prediction is that 273mph should be the car’s maximum.
The engine started life as a Corvette 5.7-litre LS6 small-block V8. In standard 2004 spec that makes around 405bhp and 400lb ft. This version has an extra 676cc and two turbos for its 1183bhp and 1094lb ft.
The SSC’s body is entirely carbonfibre, features a flat undertray with twin venturi tunnels and weighs just under 60kg. Within that there’s a steel box-sectioned spaceframe chassis. Front suspension is conventional double wishbones, while the rear features an upper rocker arm with lower wishbone and an anti-roll bar.
What's it like?
We couldn’t help but love the Aero TT’s blue paint, but the body looks like something from the mid-1990s, with noticeable variances in some panel gaps. There are echoes of Zonda at the front and Diablo at the sides, while at the rear function has priority over form.
The interior leaves much to be desired, but it’s easy to get in and out. The seats are supportive and the driving position suited to a six-footer, apart from the front wheelarch intruding into the footwell.