Holy hotness we’ve got some fast cars for you today!
Well, one ludicrously fast car, one really fast car, and one comparably slow but still pretty cool car.
In an ode to the greatest movie of all time with the fastest ship of all time (Spaceballs, of course), we’ll start with the one production car on earth capable of reaching Ludicrous Speed: the Shelby SuperCars Ultimate Aero II.
The astonishingly jaw-dropping white
airship car you see above is the weapon of choice SSC will use to try to recapture the title of World’s Fastest Production Car from the Bugatti Veyron. Based on the images alone, there’s no reason not to believe the newest Ultimate Aero won’t reach its target top speed of 275 mph. If you remain unconvinced, keep reading for a stat recap and another recently released picture.
For starters, this new Ultimate Aero is powered by a 6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that pumps out 1,350 horses, all of which will be needed to wring out that 275 mph. Overall, the car weighs just 2,600 pounds, giving it a power-to-weight ratio nearly double that of the Veyron. The question isn’t if this car will break the record… it’s when.
The 2011 Nissan GT-R doesn’t look all that different from the 2010 version, but it has more-powerful guts lurking under the hood. Its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 has been recalibrated to churn out 523 horsepower and 451 pound-feet of torque – an increase from the outgoing model’s 485 hp and 434 lb-ft.
Incidentally, the guys at Evo thought the 485-hp version was good enough to go up against the 1,001-hp Veyron, even though the Bug has more than twice the power and torque and gets to 170 mph in half the time. The race, in their words, turned out “like a bullet overtaking a firmly struck tennis ball.”
Maybe the 2011 version would fare slightly better…
The 2011 Nissan GT-R should arrive in select U.S. dealerships in February. Pricing will begin around $84K, which is one area where the Nissan handily defeats the Bugatti.
Is the new Ultimate Aero the hottest exotic supercar you’ve ever seen?