SSC Ultimate Aero II Aims For 275 MPH

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The SSC Ultimate Aero II, which you saw exclusively first on Jalopnik, is aiming for a Bugatti-besting top speed of 275 mph with the help of a 6.8-liter twin-turbo V8 according to Top Gear.

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Thanks to a friendly young Bulgarian woman we were able to show you the first pics of the car Shelby SuperCars hopes will earn the world's fastest production car record back from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which hit a 268 mph top speed earlier this year.

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The new Aero II improves on the SSC Ultimate Aero TT in nearly every way — for comparison the new issue of Top Gear has a drive of the awesome original faster car. In addition to the exciting new Castriota-penned body, the car's getting a major performance upgrade it'll need to squash some bugs.

According to Top Gear, via tipster Mikeado, the new Ultimate Aero II will sport a twin-turbo 6.8-liter V8 with a 9.0:1 compression ratio good for 1,350-hp with a 9,000 rpm redline. With a weight of approximately 2,600 pounds SSC thinks it'll hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and an as-of-yet unbelievable 275 mph top speed. This car is still in the development stage, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt until they let us drive it.

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In the mean time, check out the latest issue of Top Gear for the full info.

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Wow..... 275mph.

That means, in every second, you will have traveled a little over four and a half miles per second. You could have traveled a mile in the time you blinked your eye or sneezed real quick. Compared to if your going 80, you'd only cover a little over one mile in that second.

If I had this car here in Jacksonville, FL and wanted to sprint up to Detroit real quick to say "What's up" to the big 2, I'd have to take the ~1,000 miles journey up I-77. If I could keep the SSC up at 275 mythically the entire time, it'd only take about 3hrs and 45min. Compared to if you went 90 for mythically the entire trip, it's take you a little over 11 hours.

That means, if you'd puttering in your CTS-V coupe on your way to Detroit to do a burnout in Ford's front lawn, and the SSC passed you, it'd be moving ahead of you at a rate of 3 miles per second.

Using some more fun simple algebra....

Let's say you are on the flat roads around Columbia, SC, on your trip to Detroit. You hear a rumble in the distance and see a dot on the horizon. Knowing that Columbia is about 320ft above sea level, you know the dot on the Horizon is about 20 miles away. Given that you are traveling at 90mph and the SSC Aero II is traveling at 275, it would rise from the horizon 20 miles away, fly past you, and disappear into the other horizon in a blink over 13 seconds.

You know what else happens in 13 seconds? A yawn.