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SSC testing Tuatara components in Ultimate Aero

Shelby SuperCars (SSC) released an uneventful video of a 0–200-mph run in an Ultimate Aero. The truth is that the Ultimate Aero in the video is serving as a test bed for the Tuatara’s new components, and the high-speed runs are specifically testing the gear ratios on its new seven-speed transmission. SSC says the next-generation 1,200-hp supercar will reach 200 mph in less than 16 seconds, on a par with the Bugatti Veyron SS and the Hennessey Venom GT.

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Posted on: 10/27/2011 at 3:42 AM
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Shelby SuperCars names Next Generation supercar Tuatara

2012 SSC Next Generation

Say hello to the 2013 SSC Tuatara, pronounced Twu-tar-ah.

Following its announcement after the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport took the world’s-fastest-production-car crown and after several years of development, SSC’s next supercar, previously known as Next Generation, now has an official name. Its name is derived from a modern-day New Zealand reptile and means "peaks on the back," which SSC thinks is fitting due small winglets on the back of its new car. It also seems that the Tuatara lizard is known for its fast evolving DNA. And as far as SSC is concerned, so should its supercars.

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Posted on: 7/18/2011 at 3:31 AM
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SSC to name Next Generation supercar very soon in prep for 2013 launch

2012 SSC Next Generation

Shelby SuperCars, manufacturer of the former fastest production car on the planet, will make the name of its next supercar public in the upcoming weeks as it prepares for its launch for the 2013 model year. SSC even plans to post a short video on its web site regarding the car's name.

The SSC Ultimate Aero II, as it has been dubbed by the media, is targeting a top speed of 275 mph to retake the crown from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Its plans include a 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 creating 1,350 hp and powering the rear wheels through a seven-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed sequential manual gearbox. To keep weight down to a rumored 2,600 pounds, the car makes extensive use of carbon fiber for the body and even the rims.

2012 SSC Next Generation

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Posted on: 7/13/2011 at 11:56 AM
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The world's most expensive cars for 2011

Okay. The money on these supercars would be better spent on feeding the needy or some other charity cause. But these aren’t just toys of the rich. They are more than just money spent on the owner’s own happiness. They are an investment. Despite millionaires everywhere taking a hit when the global economy took a slight turn for the worse, supercars have continued to make leaps and bounds in price. Why? Where normal investments have failed, investors that want their money to make money for them are now turning to things they can enjoy and get a slight return on in the long run. There is a risk, like any investment, of losing money but selective buyers of wine, art, guns, watches, and automobiles can enjoy as good or better returns than the stock market while at the same time gaining the enjoyment of owning such items.

As Tom duPont, publisher of duPont REGISTRY, recently told the Orlando Sentinel: "It's like playing the stock market.” If your collector car increases in value, great. But if it doesn't, "You'll have something you enjoy driving, or at least admiring."

Below is a list of the most expensive cars offered for 2011, with a limit of one per manufacturer:

[via Telegraph.co.uk, Forbes, and the Orlando Sentinel]

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Base MSRP: $2,600,000
dR Used Price: A used non-Super Sport Bugatti Veyron can run anywhere from $1,175,000 to $1,400,000 with a slew of special edition cars being worth much more.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Aston Martin One-77
MSRP: $1,870,000
dR used price: n/a

Koenigsegg Agera
Base MSRP: $1,500,000 (estimated)
dR Used Price: A used CCX will cost you between $1,000,000 to $1,250,000.

Koenigsegg Agera

Pagani C9
Base MSRP: $1,300,000
dR used price: The Pagani Zonda has never passed requirements to be sold here in the U.S. Some have made it over, but don’t expect those to go on sale anytime soon. Word is that the Pagani C9 will meet all the requirements to be sold here.

Mayback Landaulet
Base MSRP: $1,405,000
dR used price: With only 20 cars ever being produced, the Landaulet hasn’t lost its value at all and will cost you at or even over MSRP.

Hennessey Venom GT
MSRP: $725,000
dR used price: n/a

Hennessey Venom GT

SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo
Base MSRP: $750,000
dR used price: n/a

Gumpert Apollo
MSRP: $550,000
dR used price: n/a

Ferrari 599 SA Aperta
Base MSRP: $520,000
dR used price: Trying to get your hands on the SA Aperta or even the GTO will be difficult. However, you can find a used Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano from $200,000 to $350,000 depending on mileage, year, and options.

Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

LeBlanc Mirabeau
Base MSRP: $728,000
dR used price: n/a

2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce
Base MSRP: $455,400
dR used price: $420,000 to $500,000

Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Base MSRP: $447,000
dR used price:$320,000 to $500,000 depending on mileage, year, and options.

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More SSC Ultimate Aero II pictures released

TopGear is working with SSC to make the unveiling of the Ultimate Aero II one of next year’s biggest events. To build up some hype, more images and details of the supercar have been released. The SSC Ultimate Aero II will utilize a 6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine producing a massive 1,350 hp and moving a methodically designed 2,600-pound carbon fiber body to hopefully beat the Veyron at its own top-speed game. Shelby SuperCars even went as far as designing the world’s first one-piece carbon fiber wheels—weighing in at a mere 13 pounds—as part of its weight-saving measures. As you would rightfully think, performance is stellar. It is a bit slower than the Veyron in the low end (due to the Veyron’s all-wheel drive?) but will make up for it with a much higher top speed. SSC estimates that it will go zero-to-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of (fingers crossed) 275 mph. The car will come in at one-million dollars and will start making big news early next year. You can find more pictures of the SSC Ultimate Aero II here.

[via AutoBlog]

SSC Ultimate Aero II

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Posted on: 10/11/2010 at 5:32 AM
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TopGear profiles SSC Ultimate Aero II

All Volkswagen wanted to do was build the greatest supercars ever known and, to commemorate its awesomeness, take and hold the title of the world’s fastest production automobile, at least until the last unit rolled out of the factory. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport has obtained the title but it looks as though it won’t be able to retain the title for too much longer.

TopGear is profiling the new SSC Ultimate Aero II in its October issue. The body looks like something out of this world, literally, and is the result, we presume, of an enourmous amount of wind-tunnel testing. SSC is hoping that it will be able to muster 275 mph with its latest and greatest creation and put itself back in the Guinness World Records book. A full public unveiling of the SSC Ultimate Aero II will be held in February of next year.

[via TopGear]

SSC Ultimate Aero II

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Posted on: 9/16/2010 at 4:57 AM
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Vying for the fastest production-car title

Top speed records are about as hot as Top Gear’s Powerlap times and Nürburgring track records and now that Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has officially taken the reigns as the world’s fastest production car, SCC and the previous record holder prior to the base Veyron, Koenigsegg, are both letting their intentions to beat the new Veyron Super Sport at its own game be known.

SSC with its “Because Life Begins at 250” slogan is preparing a new SSC Ultimate Aero to be shown in September that will potentially take back the title from the Halloween-colored supercar. You may also remember that the 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero was altered to produce more power and perform better aerodynamically although no new top speed runs were ever performed. At that time SSC estimated the Ultimate Aero's new top speed to be 270 mph.

Word from Top Gear is that Koenigsegg wants to reclaim the title after a five-year hiatus. No special model is being planned because Christian Von Koenigsegg believes the new Agera is capable of the feat.

[via Top Gear]

SCC Ultimate Aero Teaser

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Posted on: 8/18/2010 at 4:12 AM
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A look back at duPont REGISTRY's Top 100 Cars of the Century

In 1999, the duPont REGISTRY held a survey where it asked its subscribers and the visitors to its web site to pick the 10 best cars of the century. Using those opinions, along with the picks from a number of notable persons like Mario Andretti, Don Panoz, Carroll Shelby, and Reggie Jackson, it compiled a list of the Top 100 Cars of the Century and dedicated a special book to its cause (in a way it was the precursor to our annual editorial-based Exotic Car Buyers Guide). The book hit newsstands before the turn of the century and was a great success. Today we are going to take a look back at that list and reminisce on what cars were picked and why and compare it to how those cars would probably rank exactly 10 years later.

Taking the number one spot on our top 100 list was the Lamborghini Diablo. Unveiled in production trim in Monte Carlo in January 1990, the Diablo was in its ninth year and still being produced at the time the book was written. We praised the “devil” for its “staggering 530 bhp from the…5.7-liter V-12,” and “0-60 mph acceleration under 4 seconds.” In the review we wrote “Lamborghini is rumored to be working on the next generation supercar. Though it’s hard to believe, they will create an automobile that will surpass our number one car in speed, power, and aerodynamic style.” Of course none of us knew the Lamborghini Murciélago was going to be so fast and so powerful and garnish as much admiration from the motoring public with its stout 580-hp 6.2-liter V-12 engine as it did. However, looking back, we can’t help but think that if a Lamborghini were to make the top ten list, shouldn’t it be the Lamborghini Countach? A model that has influenced the styling of all the company’s cars for the past 40 years.

Continue our look back at the top 100 cars of the last 100 years.

Lamborghini Diablo Number One

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2010 Exotic Car Buyer's Guide

duPont REGISTRY's 2010 Exotic Car Buyers Guide is your ultimate source on the newest exotic and luxury cars and accessories. This issue offers modified exotics, a wheel guide, and more than 110 reviews of the top exotic and luxury cars from all the premium manufacturers.

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9ff GT9-R details and photos

We already told you that 9ff has its sights set on the title of world’s fastest production car, now more details have emerged on how it plans to do that. The 9ff GT9-R will utilize the same 4.0-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine as the GT9 but now making 133 more horsepower for a total of 1,120.  The performance stats are nothing short of amazing with zero-to-62 mph taking 2.9 seconds, 186 mph requiring 15.8 seconds, and a new top speed of 257 mph. The current record, held by the SSC Ultimate Aero TT, is at 256 mph. The GT9-R has two things to worry about:

-         The new-for-2009 SSC Ultimate Aero makes even more power—up from 1,183 to 1,287 hp—and has been aerodynamically enhanced for a higher top speed

-         Don’t rule out the Keatings TKR, which has already produced test runs of 260 mph

9ff plans to build only 20 GT9-R cars. 9ff also guarantees that with the amount of customization available no two cars will be the same. More pictures of the 9ff GT9-R here.

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9ff GT9-R

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Posted on: 12/14/2009 at 9:30 AM
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