Say goodbye to the SSC Ultimate Aero, the car that forced Bugatti to up its game. This is the last one that will ever be built.
Back in August, we brought you news of the final version of the Ultimate Aero which SSC would produce before retiring the model line for good. Now the company previously known in full as Shelby SuperCars has started production of the very last one it will ever build. For the uninitiated, the SSC Ultimate Aero is the car that, despite its modest background, set the record for the fastest car on earth when the Ultimate Aero TT hit a top velocity of 255.83 mph, besting the Bugatti Veyron.
That's what prompted Bugatti to make the Veyron Super Sport, reclaiming the record at 268 mph. SSC is about to up its game with the new Tuatara designed by Jason Castriota of Pininfarina fame, but before the new Tuatara comes out, one happy customer is taking delivery of this final Ultimate Aero XT. The last of just five built, the XT version packs the 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developed for the Tuatara with over 1,300 horsepower. This particular example is decked out in black with red stripes and wheels in a combination which SSC says it will retire with this final Ultimate Aero when it leaves the factory in West Richland, Washington.