The Ultimate Aero, once the fastest production car on the planet, obtaining top speed of 255 mph in the Guinness Book of World Records and then losing the title to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport clocking in at 268-mph, is finally seeing retirement.
American supercar manufacturer, SSC, is working on a successor to the Ultimate Aero. The latest production car to challenge the Bugatti for the top speed title, dubbed the Tuatara, is expected to enter production later this year.
To commemorate the retirement of the Ultimate Aero, SSC will be launching a special final edition Ultimate Aero XT. There will be a limited run of only five cars featuring some of the key assemblies found in the Tuatara – including its 1,300-horsepower engine.
Twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V-8 engine developed by SSC – built almost entirely of aluminum
9,200 rpm redline
1,004 pound-feet of torque
Seven-speed paddle-shifted gearbox – powering the rear wheels only
Brake, cooling and fuel systems borrowed from the Tuatara
Weighing in at just 2,800 pounds
Mostly carbon fiber and aluminum construction
0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds
Top speed of 250+ mph – SSC is confident the car will reach a record breaking top speed of 273 mph