The SSC Aero Ultimate is reclaiming the title as the fastest production car in the world after Bugatti’s Veyron Super Sport was officially stripped of the record by Guinness World Records. SSC Founder Jerod Shelby said that it was a “nice surprise” to be getting the record again even as it wasn’t how it wanted to get back the title.
The New York Times’ Benjamin Preston said that Guinness had revealed that it was taking away the title from Bugatti after finding out that the car that established the record time of 267.8 mph had been modified, which violates the rules. Chuck Tannert, at Road and Track Magazine, said that Veyron can’t qualify as a production car since a speed restrictor that was used on the 30 cars shipped off to customers had been removed on the car that set the world record.
Shelby said that the SSC had the title for three years but in 2010, Bugatti broke its record. Nevertheless, he thinks that the supercar industry benefits from having competition as it keeps fans “hungry.”
He explained that having the “top speed” title had a disadvantage as enthusiasts only focused on its speed and the vehicle wasn’t recognized for its other achievements such as ride quality, passenger comfort, record braking handling, braking, and driver predictability. SSC is preparing to break the one-lap record at Nurburgring to demonstrate its engineering expertise in building the SSC Tuatara.