The SSC Ultimate Aero set the world fastest production car record today with an astonishing combined top speed of 255.83 mph (411.76 kph). The SSC Ultimate Aero hereby kicks both the Koenigsegg CCR (242 mph) and the Bugatti Veyron (253 mph) of the official and unofficial top speed world record throne and takes the title of fastest production car in the world. Our previous article about the SSC Ultimate Aero was one of the most furiously discussed, especially the comparison between the Ultimate Aero and it’s European highspeed rivals was a reason to discuss. If the SSC Ultimate Aero can beat it’s European counterparts on more then straight-line top speed is still to be seen.
A snippet of the press release Shelby Supercar send out regarding the world record:
WEST RICHLAND, WA (SEPT 13, 2007) – Shelby Supercars (SSC), manufacturer of the ultra high-performance Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo, set the new “World’s Fastest Production Car” record earlier today with an average top speed of 255.83 mph. Confident of the 1183 hp vehicle’s abilities, SSC set out to validate their top speed claim in accordance with the strict guidelines set by Guinness World Records. Among other requirements, in order to meet Guinness’ approval, a vehicle testing for the top speed record must race down the course, turn around, and make a second pass in the opposite direction within one hour.
The vehicle’s “top speed” is calculated by averaging the top speeds of each pass in order to negate any favorable road or weather conditions. Today, on a temporarily-closed 2 lane stretch of public highway in Washington State, the Ultimate Aero posted a top speed of 257.11 mph (413.83 kph) on its first pass and 254.55 mph (409.71 kph) on its return pass to set the new top speed record at a staggering 255.83 mph (411.76 kph). The data, collected by Dewetron’s world-renowned GPS tracking system, and other checks will be verified by Guinness before the Ultimate Aero is officially crowned the “World’s Fastest Production Car.” This breaks the current official record held by the Koenigsegg CCR at 242 mph by 11.83 mph and the Bugatti Veyron’s unofficial speed of 253 mph by 3.11 mph.