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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 by: Benjamin Greene
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 by: Benjamin Greene
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 by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 7/13/2011 at 11:56 AM
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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.

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SSC Ultimate Aero II

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
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.

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SSC Ultimate Aero II

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 9/16/2010 at 4:57 AM
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