World’s Fastest Production Car: Now in Electric?

January 30th, 2009

I guess it’s not enough to build the fastest production car in the world.

ssc-aero1Shelby SuperCars makes the 1,183-horsepower Ultimate Aero, the car that currently holds the title of World’s Fastest Production Car. How fast does it go? Well the speedometer on the 2008 model goes up to “only” 260, while the 2009 model should be capable of burying the needle at 270 mph. Holy smokes – sounds like it’s time to install a 300-mph speedometer!

To put this car in a little bit of perspective, the Ultimate Aero outperforms the Bugatti Veyron and every Ferrari and Lamborghini ever made. One would assume that SSC, a small company located in the small eastern Washington town of Richland, would be content with their record. But no, they want another record: World’s Fastest Production Electric Car.

Enter the Ultimate Aero EV, which is being built to showcase SSC’s new green powertrain. That’s exciting in itself, but here’s what really gets my blood boiling: The Ultimate Aero EV produces 1,000 horsepower, has 100% torque available at 0 RPM, rockets to 60 in an astonishing 2.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 208 mph.

SSC also claims 150-200 miles on a single charge, with a 10-minute recharge on a 110-volt outlet. That means you could plug your supercar into the same outlet that powers your toaster.

Now that the jaw-dropping specs are out of the way, I can get into the other cool part: The same powertrain that propels the Aero EV can be customized for different applications – a 200-hp version for a family sedan, a 500-hp version for an SUV, or up to 1,200 hp for commercial vehicle applications.

If the Ultimate Aero EV performs as advertised, the implications are huge. SSC could feasibly be producing electric vehicles that regular people might actually need. Affording them might be a different story, though, as the gas-powered Ultimate Aero can easily reach $650K.

According to SSC, deliveries of the Ultimate Aero EV should begin as early as the 4th quarter of this year, with automotive journalists set to witness its glory in the 2nd quarter. 

We’ll keep you posted!

Do you think it makes sense to build electric supercars? More importantly, would you want one?

-tgriffith

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  1. Alena
    | #1

    For a Pacific Northwest auto maker, where is their common sense with ground clearance? I mean really, if they want at all to appeal to the masses, throw in a little bit of practicality. I don’t even think that I could get that thing up my driveway!

  2. | #2

    @Alena
    Alena- the cool thing about this car is that the technology behind it could potentially lead to a car that makes more practical sense. Supercars don’t exist to be practical. Many, like this one, exist to show a company’s full potential and gain credibility which down the road leads to cars that can make it up your driveway. Who knows, in 10 years you might have a Shelby SUV charging in your garage!

  3. TW
    | #3

    Of course the picture is showing it sitting in grass. You can see that even the sidewalls are buried. There’s a couple more inches there yet. Of course if you could afford this, you could easily afford to make a driveway that it could go up.
    And yes, making a car that goes 257 mph isn’t “practical” either. But making an electric that can do 200, that does have an impact on the ability to make one that goes comfortably at 75.

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