SSC Ultimate Aero Updated for '09

Tom Ludwick
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2009 Ssc Ultimate Aero Front

If there was one improvement needed for the world's fastest production car, it certainly wasn't more power. Thankfully, an increase in horsepower was but one task on the to-do list at Shelby Super Cars (SSC) - the 2009 Ultimate Aero also sports improved aerodynamics, a feature called an AeroBrake, and a revised interior.

The Ultimate Aero is best known for its 255 mph (or more) top speed that makes it even faster than the mighty Bugatti Veyron. To raise the bar even further, the new Ultimate Aero receives a one-piece aluminum engine block cranking out 1287 horsepower to replace the "puny" old 1183 horsepower unit. With the new engine, SSC claims the Ultimate Aero will reportedly reach a mind-blowing 270 mph.

To aid in achieving its lofty top speed, the super car's front end was reworked to make it even more aerodynamic. For additional cooling, the carbon fiber side louvers direct more air to the radiators. To help the brakes bring the car to a halt, SSC introduces the AeroBrake - a fancy term for what is essentially an air brake. It works by tilting the rear spoiler vertically to create both drag and down force.

Inside, the interior was revised to accentuate the car's carbon-fiber composition. The dash was given a new gauge cluster, while a new center console runs lengthwise through the interior. The new console includes a tire pressure monitor, digital HVAC controls, and an Azentek Infotainment PC, which is integrated into the SSC's onboard diagnostic system.

SSC failed to mention when it would by attempting to set its next world's fastest production car record. However, the company is sure that the 2009 model will widen the gap between the Ultimate Aero and any other production super car.

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