After our initial post about the new SSC Ultimate Aero II concept car, TopGear has revealed new images and information. They are continuing the “fastest car in the world” battle between the Bugatti and several other concepts, but the pricing and specs are now here. It will come powered by a four-cam 6.8-liter twin-turbo engine, capable of revving to 9,000 rpm to produce a whopping 1,350 bhp. The Aero II blowers are an SSC design, and it’s already accomplishing these numbers on Shelby’s dyno. The final car will be constructed of all carbon except for aluminum crash rails on the front and back. Its transmission is still the same SSC unit with a triple-disc carbon clutch, and the option of sequential paddle shifting.
Anything that can be re-used from the existing Ultimate Aero will be, for instance the complete bottom end of the engine is the same. As well as the Brembo carbon brakes, steering components, and the apertures for the dihedral doors. Carbon fiber specialists Carbon Revolution have been working with SSC on the Ultimate Aero II, creating the world’s first one-piece carbon fiber wheel with the 19-inch size at the front only weighing 5.8 kg. The dry weight of the car will fall under 1,200 kg, and SSC claims a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 275 mph.
Pricing is announced at $ 970,000, or £ 626,000 plus tax when it hits the market late next year.