SSC Wins ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’

Written by tonks on September 14, 2007

Ultimate Aero Twin TurboThe ’World’s Fastest Production Car’ has been named and the win belongs to the infamous Shelby Supercars. These automakers manufactured the great high-performance Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo and broke the average top speed of 255.83 mph. They had no doubt that the vehicle would beat the record, what with its 1183 hp why wouldn’t it?

SSC set out to validate their top speed claim in accordance with the strict guidelines set by Guinness World Records. Among other requirements, in order to meet Guinness’ approval, a vehicle testing for the top speed record must race down the course, turn around, and make a second pass in the opposite direction within one hour.

The vehicle’s “top speed” is calculated by averaging the top speeds of each pass in order to negate any favorable road or weather conditions. Today, on a temporarily-closed 2 lane stretch of public highway in Washington State, the Ultimate Aero posted a top speed of 257.11 mph (413.83 kph) on its first pass and 254.55 mph.

For comparison, the SSC’s V8 packs 1,183 BHP and 1,094 ft-lbs. as opposed to the Veyron’s 16 cylinders, 1,001 HP, and 922 ft-lb. In addition to a bigger punch, the SSC also carries less weight: 2,700 pounds versus the Veyron’s 4,162. Much of the Veyron poundage no doubt is attributable to its interior, which is a splendid place to be even when you’re not doing 250+. SSC still needs to submit the paperwork and get official certification from Guinness before it’s run is, as we say, officially official. Intriguing, though, that of all the names mentioned, the one not broached was the previous holder of the top speed record: the Callaway Sledgehammer.

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