Promising information gleaned from the SSC Aero SC/8T's press materials indicates the company owner's last name is Shelby, and that the SSC design team set about with two goals in mind: to challenge the production car speed record set by the McLaren F1, with a car that can comfortably accommodate a man (or woman, as the case may be) up to 6'6" and 300lbs. While this Shelby is unrelated to the famous Carroll, and the Bugatti Veyron has since upped the ante on production-car speed records, NFL linemen, at least, won't have to give up 72-oz steaks to satisfy their xxxl-sized speedlust.
The Aero sports an all-aluminum, supercharged V8 generating 908hp — as well as a bird-like curb weight of 2,720 lbs. (That's a weight-to-horsepower ratio of 2.99.) It's done the zero-to-60 in under three seconds, and the quarter mile in 10.44. With aerodynamics testing having indicated the car could likely hit 250mph, putting it in range of the speed record.
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