Shelby SuperCar Ultimate Aero Sets New Speed Record

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
shelby supercar ultimate aero sets new speed record

You slowpokes in your Koenigsegg CCR's and Bugatti Veyrons, pull over! There's a new king of the hill. According to BusinessWeek, the Shelby SuperCar Ultimate Aero claimed the title of the world's fastest production car on September 13 last year. The [non-Saab or English candy bar] Aero averaged 256.18 mph during a Guinness-certified run. And if that ain't scary enough for your heated, air conditioned and climate-controlled garage, the wind tunnel tests at NASA show that the $600k 1,183-hp rear-wheel-drive car (with no traction control and 1,094 ft-lbs of torque) vehicle would be stable up to 273 mph.Virginia-based Shelby (no relation or association with 'Ole Shel) says it's building "just" 50 of these not-so-daily drivers. They built and delivered five Aeros in 2007; they have eight orders for 2008. What's next on the company's agenda? A four-door luxury sedan that'll do 220 mph, of course.

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  • 1981.911.SC 1981.911.SC on Jan 23, 2008

    So, what is the basis for their engine and transmission? Small Block Chevy? Great Big Ford?

  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Jan 23, 2008

    All I can garner from the site is that its a 387cuin V8, twin turbo'd.

  • Dean Dean on Jan 23, 2008

    I think the Veyron is beautiful, and it definitely looks like nothing else on the road. This car looks good, too, but without being told what it was I would have trouble identifying it from several other supercars. (It's been a couple decades since I slobbered over the exotics in the buff books and could identify all of them immediately.)

  • Jazbo123 Jazbo123 on Jan 23, 2008

    Hmm. Over 1000 of torque? You sure could do some serious smoky burnouts in that thing. At about 100 MPH.