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


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.


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


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.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Super Sport Coupe Base Price: $970,000.00
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
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

  • 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.


    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.


  • 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 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.