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Old 08-01-2007, 07:19 PM
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SSC Ultimate Aero TT

I'm not 100% but i'm pretty sure this car's American.


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What is it?
Possibly the worldís fastest production car. Never mind the Bugatti Veyron, because SSC, a small manufacturer based in Washington, US, is now turning out the Ultimate Aero TT, and its twin-turbocharged Corvette V8 motor punches out 1183bhp. Thatís more power than any road car, ever. Itís been tested to a gentle 230mph so far, but the prediction is that 273mph should be the carís maximum.

The engine started life as a Corvette 5.7-litre LS6 small-block V8. In standard 2004 spec that makes around 405bhp and 400lb ft. This version has an extra 676cc and two turbos for its 1183bhp and 1094lb ft.

The SSCís body is entirely carbonfibre, features a flat undertray with twin venturi tunnels and weighs just under 60kg. Within that thereís a steel box-sectioned spaceframe chassis. Front suspension is conventional double wishbones, while the rear features an upper rocker arm with lower wishbone and an anti-roll bar.

What's it like?
We couldnít help but love the Aero TTís blue paint, but the body looks like something from the mid-1990s, with noticeable variances in some panel gaps. There are echoes of Zonda at the front and Diablo at the sides, while at the rear function has priority over form.

The interior leaves much to be desired, but itís easy to get in and out. The seats are supportive and the driving position suited to a six-footer, apart from the front wheelarch intruding into the footwell.

Press the red button in the overhead roof console and this carís intentions become overwhelmingly apparent. Something resembling a controlled nuclear explosion takes place as the V8 bursts into life. This start-up extravaganza lasts a couple of seconds before the engine settles into a satisfying burble.

Despite massive torque the TT is eager, so it either sets off like a dragster or stalls. Despite the brochure claiming that the car has power steering, we didnít notice any assistance, and manoeuvring at parking speeds requires sheer physical strength. Once rolling, though, it becomes more friendly.

The big Michelins grip tenaciously and the chassis feels suitably rigid (as does the ride). But we can only guess how the car might behave when driven hard on a track. With so much power, rear-wheel drive and no electronic traction aids, expertise and prudence would be needed.

And then thereís the horsepower. Itís close to terrifying on a normal A-road, and all the while thereís a palpable sense of the almost infinite urge lying in reserve. Fortunately the car can potter along on barely any throttle in a tall gear without drivetrain snatch.

Although the TT can serve up salt flats-shrinking speed, the brakes on this particular car are something of a mystery. The brochure states that eight-piston calipers should be fitted at the front, but this one had four-pot units. The pedal pressure required is inordinately high, with almost no feel or power.

How much?
Price when new £335,000
Price as tested £335,000
How fast?
0-62 mph 2.78 sec
Max speed 273 mph
Engine Layout
V8 , 6348 cc
Max power 999 bhp at 6950 rpm
Max torque 999 lb ft at 6150 rpm
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:25 PM
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:30 PM
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Well, as the cars get faster, they'll eventually be able to outrun ugly. Maybe.
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I'd still take a Veyron over this.
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Well, as the cars get faster, they'll eventually be able to outrun ugly. Maybe.
Not yet...but hopefully soon..
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:37 PM
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Even the Veyron can't outrun ugly. And it's damn fast.
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Well the true test of speed will be soon.

VW's track and this will be there with the Veyron and CCX
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Lol @ SSC, your last attempt wasn't quite good enough? Solution: more hpz!! Well looking good, for people who only look at stats (no matter how unproven they are).
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I don't believe that there's a driver on earth that can actually get this car to 62mph in 2.78 seconds. All that torque and horsepower going to the rear wheels only would make for quite a task. Anyone know how much it weighs?
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Anyone know how much it weighs?


2007 models are heavier, with base model at 2850 lbs, and Ultimate version at 2750 lbs

there isn't a timer but it goes past pretty fast.
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:44 AM
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As far as supercars go, it's not that ugly. Pretty standard supercar look though. But hey, it's American, that makes me happy. ^.~
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Lol @ SSC, your last attempt wasn't quite good enough? Solution: more hpz!! Well looking good, for people who only look at stats (no matter how unproven they are).
I'd be very happy with my Aston Martin, Maserati or Alfa Romeo. Even if they can't go as fast as this.
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its hideous!!!
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I'd be very happy with my Aston Martin, Maserati or Alfa Romeo. Even if they can't go as fast as this.
Yeah, you're right. It's probably a death trap anyway. I'd like to continue to live so that I get to drive another day.

The new Aston Martin DBS looks great. It's gotta be plenty fast too.
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