12/05/2010 09:06


Shelby SuperCars Inc. (SSC) is an American automobile manufacturer founded in 1999[1] by owner Jerod Shelby (no relation to car designer Carroll Shelby). The company is based in West Richland, near the Tri-Cities, Washington and specializes in the production of supercars.

They built the SSC Aero, equipped with a twin turbocharged pushrod engined V8s. Its turbocharged 6.35 litres (388 cu in) V8 produces 1,287 bhp (960 kW; 1,305 PS), which makes it the most powerful production car in the world, beating the Bugatti Veyron's 987 bhp (736 kW; 1,001 PS). On September 13, 2007, the "Ultimate Aero" took the title of fastest production car from the Bugatti Veyron, which has since been reclaimed by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The Ultimate Aero has a top speed of 414 km/h (257 mph).[2]

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In 2008-7-10, SSC announced it would open its Dubai showroom in October 2008.[3]

In 2008-7-12, SSC announced plans to unveil the Ultimate Aero EV (Electric Vehicle). SSC expects to roll out its first prototype in February 2009.[4] The car was advertised in the original press release as rechargeable in 10 minutes from an 110V outlet, which has been criticised as impossible in some articles. The press release has since changed. [5]

On August 24th the "rivalry" between Shelby and Bugatti for the title "World's fastest" was featured in an article on providing information that Jerod Shelby the owner of Shelby SuperCars Inc. has made an official announcement of the next generation of the SSC Ultimate to be unveiled in September 2010. The official website of the company has since also been updated with a tease about an upcoming unveiling of the next generation SSC Ultimate which SSC implied could break the new Bugatti record. As an interesting sidenote a new Supercar named Dagger GT, said to be in the final development stages and scheduled to be introduced in early 2011 by an American Racecar-Engineering Company is also expected to "join the rivalry" for the title of the World's fastest street-legal production car.