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SSC Close To Naming The 'Ultimate Aero II' Supercar

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On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

SSC Close To Naming The 'Ultimate Aero II' Supercar

Should the Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero II make good on its promise of 275 miles per hour, it will place the Ultimate Aero in the ranks of world-record-breaking supercars. The entire world will read its name in newspapers and record books, but what name they'll be reading remains unclear.

Introduced last fall, the car has become popularly known as the Ultimate Aero II. Only Shelby Supercars isn't planning on keeping that name. After all, this is an all-new car; it doesn't look, feel or perform exactly like the original Ultimate Aero, so why should it be considered v 2.0? A car this radical needs a name all its own.

According to the DuPont Registry, SSC will detail the official name in the upcoming weeks.

Whatever it's called, the new SSC is going to be a bat out of hell. It combines a 1,350-hp 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with a carbon-fiber-laden 2,600-lb. curb weight for what's certain to be a teeth-numbingly fast ride. After all, it's got nearly double the horsepower-to-weight of the world-record-holding Bugatti Veyron.

SSC hasn't minced words when it comes to its intentions: it wants world's fastest production car honors back on its shelf. The original Ultimate Aero captured the record in 2007 with a speed of around 256 mph. That record held until last summer when Bugatti broke it with a 267.8 mph benchmark.

Days after Bugatti made its title-grab, SSC released a statement: "[W]e’ve been working on a new project to debut before the end of the summer. Not much can be said at this time except that we’ll be upping the ante on all fronts. Having famed American designer Jason Castriota as our lead design enables SSC to reflect its engineer and performance in its aesthetics. It’s impossible for us to be more thrilled about having him on board and we’re anxious to show the world what we have up our sleeve."

While the statement was a clear response to Bugatti's triumph, it also highlighted another key aspect of the new Ultimate Aero: its looks. Unlike the original Ultimate Aero, which was about as generic a supercar as there is, the new car has a truly unique and original look, thanks to styling help from Castriota. The car is as much a step-up in the aesthetics department as it is in performance.

Stay tuned for video of the naming ceremony, and feel free to sound off with your own name ideas in the meantime.

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