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SSC Ultimate Aero II Pictures Slip Forth

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On: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 4:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

SSC Ultimate Aero II Pictures Slip Forth

Due to some security issues, Shelby Supercars did not reveal the next-generation Ultimate Aero at a scheduled event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle last month. Instead, the company has indicated an official reveal for this month. Though no hard date has been given, SSC created a teaser site last month that showed a little bit of a carbon-fiber nose with the simple words: "The next generation is coming soon..." The site also stated "September 2010."

Now that it's actually September, we're getting more than a little anxious to see what the new Aero is all about. Luckily for us, some industrious industry folks have gotten their hands on a couple of pre-release pictures and aren't shy about sharing them. Over the holiday weekend, Jalopnik published the first photos of the car, which showed it head on and from the side. Top Gear, the source from which the photos had originated, followed up with a shot of the rear end. What the pictures show is a dramatically new car that capitalizes on the prowess of lead designer Jason Castriota.

In case you're not familiar with the SSC Ultimate Aero, the first-generation model took home the official world production speed record in 2007, with a speed a hair over 256 mph. At the time, it surpassed the Bugatti Veyron's unofficial record of 253 mph. In July, Bugatti took the record back--officially, this time--with its suped-up, 1,200-hp Veyron Super Sport, setting the new bar at 267.8 mph. Since then, SSC has indicated that it doesn't plan to leave the Veyron SS unchallenged for very long.

The original Ultimate Aero TT was a 1,183-hp beast featuring a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Specs haven't been released on the new Aero, but Top Gear's exclusive indicates that it will boost output to 1,350 horsepower. The original Aero TT had projected top speeds of up to 273 mph, so it seems that the new model should have more than a fighting chance of beating out the Veyron SS.

More than just an uber-powerful, world-record-challenging machine, the new Aero looks damn good from what we've seen so far. It's a rather radical change from the last model with a lot more curvaceous flow to it. The stunning blue-tinged headlights against the clinical white paint scheme, the winglets out back and the low-slung, center-mounted exhaust help to distinguish the Aero from every other car out there. We simply can't wait to see it from every angle.

Want more? Get your sweaty paws around the October issue of Top Gear magazine, in which they have a full feature on the new Aero with dozens of photos and interviews with the powers behind it. The issue hit newsstands on Wednesday.

Or, if you prefer your car news free, just stay tuned; it seems that the official unveil is imminent.

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