SSC Ultimate Aero has get Guinness-certified world’s fastest production car, United States-based supercar manufacture. Shelby Supercars has made the 2009 Ultimate Aero even faster.
A new engine block, designed and produced in-house at SSC, is made from billet aluminum in a single piece and allows extreme load to be put through the motor. Horsepower is increased to an insane 1287 bhp and does more than just revamp the engine and call it a day.
SSC Ultimate Aero has a racing-derived AeroBrake system, or a rear spoiler system that raises at an angle relative to how quickly and how much the brake pedal is depressed, should provide just a little more security for Ultimate Aero drivers who will undoubtedly attempt some crazy personal land speed records of their own.
The official Guinness-certified world record for production car top speed is 256.15 mph, held by the 2008 Ultimate Aero. To attain the record, the Guinness system requires a car to make a pass along a single stretch of road, and then make another pass along the same stretch in the reverse direction, within one hour.
At its highest point the 2008 Ultimate Aero actually attained an even faster speed of 257.11 mph. Based on the power increase and proported increased airflow to the radiators due to new carbon fiber louvers bracing the side intakes, SSC claims the new 2009 Ultimate Aero will be good for a top speed of 270 miles per hour. Bang.
The quarter mile now comes in 9.9 seconds at a wiplash-inducing 144 mph. Are there any other factory stock production cars that can run a quarter mile in the 9’s? We think not.
A new interior further differentiates the new 2009 SSC model from previous cars, featuring an exposed carbon fiber dash with all the requisite monitoring gear and an Azentek-developed Infotainment unit. Shelby Supercars has not yet released official 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero base price info, but expect it to raise just slightly from last year’s Ultimate Aero base price of $654,500.
SSC Ultimate Aero Specification
Brakes (Front) 14.0″ Vented Slotted Discs/8-Piston Caliper
Brakes (Rear) 14.0″ Vented Slotted Discs/6-Piston Caliper
Wheels (F) Forged 3-Piece Alloy 19×9-1/2″
Wheels (R) Forged 3-Piece Alloy 20×13″ Rear
Tires Front Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 235 35 (YR)19
Tires Rear Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 335 30 (YR)20
Front Suspension Unequal Length Upper and Lower A-Arms, Coil Over Springs, Remote Reservoir-Adjustable Penske Coil-Over Shocks, Cab Controlled Air Lift, Anti-Roll Bar
Rear Suspension Unequal Lengths Upper Rocker and Lower A-Arm, Adjustable Coil-Over Springs, Remote Reservoir-Adjustable Penske Coil-Over Shock, Anti-Roll Bar
Layout Mid-Engine, RWD
Transmission 6 Speed Sequential Manual
Final Drive Ratio 3.4444:1
Type: Twin-Turbocharged SSC Designed Billet Aluminum Block V8
Compression Ratio 8.975:1
Bore X Stroke 4.125 x 3.620″
Engine & Transmission:
Displacement cu in (cc): 387.2 cu.in.
Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 1287 bhp @ 6075 rpm
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 1112 ft-lbs @ 6150 rpm
Redline at RPM: 7200 rpm
Curb Weight 2,750 lbs.
Ground Clearance 4.0″
Acceleration 0-60 mph s: 2.78 seconds
1/4 mile time 9.90 seconds @ 144 mph
Top Speed SSC-Claimed 270 mph
60-0 mph Braking Distance 1