2009 SSC Ultimate Aero unveiled with 15% power increase

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

After claiming the "World's Fastest Production Car" honor last year, the Shelby SuperCars' Ultimate Aero is getting a number of enhancements for the 2009 model year. The SSC technical crew outfitted the 2009 Ultimate Aero with a 15% boost in horsepower, a refurbished front fascia design, and a host of significant interior improvements.

The most considerable alterations is an SSC-designed, 1-piece billet aluminum engine block. A landmark for the limited-production vehicle producer, the fresh block enhances structural reliability and oiling abilities permitting SSC to increase energy yield to 1287 hp at the same time boosting toughness.

Outfitted with the more potent fresh engine, the 2009 Ultimate Aero will be able to attain world-record speeds of 270 mph, lifting the standard for supercars and forcing the limits of present production vehicle technology. In order to contain the '09 Ultimate Aero's special fuel system demands, SSC sought assistance from the American company Aeromotive to design a perfect system.

The robust nose is restructured with improved seamlessness to contain the 2009 Ultimate Aero's higher ceiling speed, and carbon fiber vents on the side intakes bring in an additional 20% of air into the radiators for enhanced cooling. The upgrades in overall performance will broaden the already large distance between the Ultimate Aero and its rivals.

The 2009 Ultimate Aero also features the AeroBrakeTM a rear spoiler system that activates under specific braking situations. Comleted in carbon fiber, the rear spoilers actuate up an additional 8 inches when the brake pedal is depressed. The speed of the spoiler actuation is contingent to the amount of brake pedal pressure.

A push of a button can disable the complete AeroBrakeTM system, for town driving or circumstances where braking and downforce assistance are uneccessary. Completing the 2009 Ultimate Aero's enhancements is a refurbished interior. A restructured dashboard significantly displays smooth, exposed carbon fiber dash halves and inset air vents.

Carbon fiber highlights run along the doorsills, the perimeter of the new gauge cluster, and continue onto a modified steering column, which includes an analog speedometer and tachometer with a sequential shift light built into the tachometer needle. The new center console integrates a digital temperature control unit and tire pressure monitor together with an Azentek PC base Infotainment system. The ground-breaking Azentek unit provides all the abilities of a Personal Computer and processes the onboard diagnostic software of SCC.

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