2009 SSC Ultimate Aero

There are a lot of ways that you can define the SSC Ultimate Aero. But it can be summed up this way. There used to be a time that it is indeed the ultimate. Simply known as the world’s fastest car from 2007 to 2010 (and that is even verified by no less than Guinness!), it is perhaps one of the boldest automotive creations ever made.

Shelby SuperCars, a brand of car better known for its replicas of exotic cars, is founded by Jerod Shelby. While by no means connected to the legendary Carroll Shelby, Jerod have somehow managed to create a legend of his own, thanks to his creation, the SSC Ultimate Aero.

2009 SSC Ultimate Aero With Doors Open

History

This car traces its roots in 2004, when a prototype based on a Lamborghini Diablo replica chassis was equipped with a Corvette C5R engine and the same 6 speed manual gearbox seen on the Dodge Viper. Eventually, the SSC Aero was born in 2006. Equipped with a Chevrolet small block engine, together with a supercharger that generates up to 8 psi of boost, it is known to produce 1062 horsepower.

Performance

Even better is the SSC Ultimate Aero. Essentially a modified version of the Aero, displacement of this same Chevrolet engine was increased to 6.3 liters and supercharger boost was increased to 14 psi. The results were simply unbelievable: almost 1200 horsepower and more than 1100 Newton meters of torque. Subsequent modifications such as twin-turbos and a new engine block, has allowed the output of the Ultimate Aero to increase even further. In 2009, the output was rated at 1287 horsepower, easily the world’s most powerful car engine.

Other modifications result into a 20% increase in engine airflow (resulting in better cooling) and a new AeroBrake system using vented slotted discs allow the spoiler assist in slowing the car to a stop. All of these components, thanks to some sophisticated engineering involving carbon fiber and titanium, among other materials, allow this car to hit the scales at around 1300 kilos, an astounding weight considering its immense power.

SSC Ultimate Aero red side view

Records

So how does the SSC Ultimate Aero perform? Well, the natural thing with cars with such gaudy stats is to go for some really huge feats. Feats such as creating the world speed record by a production automobile. Prior testing at a NASA facility at Virginia uncovers that the Ultimate Aero is capable of achieving speeds of more than 250 mph. But of course, it has to be sent to a track to test if it got what it takes to beat the Bugatti Veyron’s speed record.

And so, in September 13 2007, the SSC Ultimate Aero made its run for the record. Using FIA rules of getting the average speed from 2 runs in opposite directions, it got an average top speed of 256 mph, enough to obtain the world record that even Guinness recognizes as legit. This car held the record for almost 3 years until the Super Sport, an updated version of the Veyron, set a 267 mph top speed.

There is no denying the SSC Ultimate Aero’s potential. Once the world’s ultimate car, it should remain as one of the best supercars that ever existed.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Super Sport Coupe Base Price: $970,000.00
Dimensions
Length: 176.2 in. (447.5 cm) Width: 82.7 in. (210 cm)
Height: 43.0 in. (109 cm) Wheel Base: 105.2 in. (267 cm)
Dry Weight: 2750 lbs (1247 kg) Ground Clearance: 4.0 in. (10 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 2.6 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: SSC Designed V8 Displacement: 387.2 cu in
Horsepower: 1287 HP Max RPM: 6075 RPM
Torque: 1112 lb-ft @ 6150 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 2.78 seconds Tested Max. Speed: 257.4 mph (414 km/h)

Guinness World Record Run reach 255.8mph

Exclusive look at the SSC Ultimate Aero

Test drive of the Ultimate Aero by Shelby Supercars

Snapshots of 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero and Older SSC Models

  • cp

    good cars

  • Aaron Chan

    the ssc ultimate aero doesn’t have Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) nor Traction control system. that’s why it isn’t safe to drive. if i were to own the ultimate aero or tuatara, the ABS and TCS is an absolute must, but the Tuatara will shatter the Bugatti Veyron Supersport’s record and retake the spot in the guinness book of records.

  • Milu

    Bugatti Veyron’s W16 engine has 1001 horsepower but this engine can produce 3000 Horsepower n goes to 260 mph(450kph) more then one JamboJet Takeoff but at this stage there’s lack of stablelity of control so his computer program at 1001 hp.

  • good car i m like and i will buy

  • Ryhns evan, ssc ultimate aero 2 is absolutely destroy veyron SS thats 275 mph

  • and MR BUGATTI !!! veyron SS is nothing for dagger gt !!! veyron SS 1200 hp but dagger gt is 2700 hp !!!

    *from admin* Thanks for the update. However, the Dagger GT is still only a concept car. We will update this once it become a production car.

  • VEYRON

    I am one of BUGATTI’s craziest fans but I must confess. If this monster produced 1200hp with it’s V8 engine, there is no doubt that it’ll produce 2400hp and an approximate speed of 850kmph with a W16 engine. Bugatti can never compete with this aero. Mind you, it was BUGATTI’s record that made them create this go to hell machine.

  • I’M SORRY I MEANT TO SAY ‘ YOU MUST NOT NOT LIKE BUGATTIS.

  • Gee. Rhys Evans,you must not like bugattis that much, sense you said they have not made one yet. you must like veyrons because you just now said ” make a ssc to destroy a veyron. IN YOUR DREAMS, PUNK!!!!!!!! The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport will completly destroy a “SSC Ultimate Loser”. BUGATTI ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • this car is faster than veyron SS

  • Considering the power, I feel cheated by Bugatti.

    They have a nice track and SSC… Well, you get my point.

    Let us test the Aero there. And let’s see.

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  • Big DreDre

    @kyle no it didnt the fastest yes is the veyron but thats because it has 2 engines pushing and this has 1
    plus it was tested and no car has made it past 270

  • Big DreDre

    yeah screw grammar 😀
    plus its M.I.T. last i checked its a technician school not an english school

  • It’s amazing how fast this car is-it looks blazingly fast even when captured on camera! It’s a must that I own one of these before I kick the ol’ bucket.

  • Ladies ladies, we all know that american muscle all ways beats imports like Nigel Wood said, the Dagger GT 2700 hp multi-fuel twin-turbo 427 and 632 cubic-inch makes the Veyron, if that is what you call it. Look like your grandmothers car!

  • Rhys Evans

    Please Please make a New SSC Ultimate Aero to absolutely destroy the Bugatti Veyron Super-Sport please please i cant stand the Veyrons 🙂

  • x3zt69

    thats right ….GM block all american…hahahahah

  • Aircav

    AMERICAN MADE…Beautiful, well made….. see we can do it when we put our minds and talent together…..Well done ppl

  • JagGirl

    Bought one the other day… this car is sick!

  • Billybob

    RWD is a smart idea because it takes less parts to make that then to make it AWD

  • ULTIMATE AERO II

    ultimate aero 2 will top the list soonest!!!!

  • Ok so , @R.E.D. this car is supeerrr expensive, let me guessss…u could catch me dead in ANY sports car, so go ahead and think that.

  • david spec v

    why a v8 and not a v10 or v12 and why rwd and not awd

  • peenees

    I will have this car if I win the lottery.

  • Michael

    I like the red one but the white one no because its kinda ugly well acctually because of the front bumper that is why its ugly.

  • siavash

    i love it, becouse so hot.
    If you ever drive this car did not,
    After seeing the film even she can not feel it….

  • This Guy

    @ R.E.D Well what else would you think if Americans designed it?

  • chewbacca

    silence non believer!!!!!!!!!!

  • R.E.D.

    this car may be fast, bu it is startlingly ugly…i wouldn’t be caught dead in it.

  • dylan

    car of my dreams give it to me

  • subheavy

    I looked at topgear and the veyron didn’t reach 270.

  • Nader

    it looks like when u go around corners its smooth!!

  • ssc 11 is faster but this one is nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$££££££

  • What I would give to loose my life in one of these, and just gone ahead and bury me in it.GNR

  • Nemo

    Em… Which is better nwy?… A powerful road beast or an engineering showcase? Do cars like this even have airbags? Haha.

  • Quay

    It’s a very sexy and fast car but just think about how much it cost to own. It probably gets like 10mpg and insurance gonna be like $40k a year

  • ssc kid

    @KYLE: Just wait until the new ssc arrived it will surely beat your veyron sports it has more hp and almost half of the weight of the veyron

  • kyle

    i hate to burst all of your bubbles…
    but the Veyron was retested as the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport with a top speed of over 285 miles an hour and it topped 269.8 when tested for the world record, im sorry to say but this beautiful american car has lost at the race for fastest, but its ONE of the fastest cars on earth…
    that is all

  • issabendeck1

    CHEVY small block the best engine of the world no matter what this old timer jalous britich say.

  • Ritz

    Manh.. dis iz cald d real fast ! however i lov lamborghini cars bt dis thing enforced me to praise its speed! maybe it doznt luk az gud az it iz bt it rulez d ranking and iz cheaper dan any other being at itz par !

  • balls Mcguee

    this is the coolest car ive ever seen. it also looks better and is faster than the veyron. top end any way

  • bob

    piss off

  • 5boronyc

    Man I want that car lol

  • wat the f**k? is it possible tht people r actually complimenting the veyrons looks? dude, not 2 burst ur bubble, but the veyron is the ugliest supercar ive seen since th lamborghini miura

  • joey, the ssc brand is made by jerod shelby, and he has no relation in any way to carol shelby.

  • Brian

    THIS CAR IS AWESOME CAN’T WAIT TO SEE 2011 VERSION

  • It Don’t Care If It’s The ”Faststest Car Of The World” I Hate It!

  • Michael

    it is ULTIMATE AREO not ulimited arrow

  • Jasmine

    omfg.. this car ish EPIC!

  • mandon

    hell i could beat that with my chevrolegs

  • o.o

    lets see that was Bugatti plz xD

  • corvhini
  • Man what site will i find the new ssc with the pagani looks awesome thanks

  • Mr.Corvette

    did you guys hear about the new SSC? it hasn’t been named yet. its got 1350 bhp and it the front view looks like a pagani.

  • vineet

    Worlds best car. Very sexxy

  • vineet

    Worlds no 1 car is better than bugatti veyron. Sexy

  • kyle

    i agree with michael

  • Michael

    its not my type of supercar im not the fan of new supercars i like ones like the mclaren f1 well thats my dream car its been for 10 years.

  • deven

    michael this is the coolest car ive ever seen so take a better look at it

  • Michael

    i know its fast but its just not that cool looking.

  • Ryan

    how can you say the world’s fastest production car with the most horsepower is the worst super car ever made and on top of that make the bold statement that it’s a fact. You can make a claim that it is the best super car ever made and back the statement up factually by saying you base your judgement on how the car performs but there is not a single “fact” that makes this car the worst. If you feel this car is the worst super car ever made that’s your opinion not a fact at all (and a pretty dumb opinion at that). Sure the car might only have a v8 but the fact that shelby could produce that much power out of a v8 makes it all the more impressive.

  • manuel

    the new bugatti veyron took bak da top nd if u need proof check out topgear.com