The Race For Pace

In the battle to make the fastest motor around the Yanks and the Germans are locking horns to produce half car, half spaceships that will fly out of the factories at close to 300mph.
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In the battle to make the fastest motor around the Yanks and the Germans are locking horns to produce half car, half spaceships that will fly out of the factories at close to 300mph.

Man always strives to create the biggest, fastest, most powerful thing on the planet, that’s what makes humankind so great, our hunger to be the best. We’ve put men on the moon, we’ve built bridges that straddle seemingly impossible chasms and we’ve created production cars that hit 250 mph (I say ‘we’ve’, I’ve had nothing to do with any of them, too busy really).

The ongoing battle to create the fastest production car in the world has been rumbling on for a few years now with the Volkswagen owned Bugatti acting as the Goliath to the mightily impressive Shelby SuperCar’s shed-tinkering David. Shelby’s SSC Aero managed to rip the’ fastest production car in the world’ title from Bugatti in 2007 when it hit an astonishing 256 mph, trumping the measly 253mph set by the German monster.

But being German and always wanting to create ‘ze perfekt mashine’, Bugatti had to come back and beat the plucky Yanks at their own game. Cue the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, donning a garish orange paint job and boasting a few more horses, it jogged to 268mph without breaking a sweat- floating past the SSC Aero with a knowing grin and a massive two-finger salute.

So what have those hardy Americans done? You guessed it, they’ve gone back to their wooden laboratories, purchased a truck-load of carbon fibre and created a brand new SSC motor, one they claim will reach 275mph… yes, you did read that right, that’s 275mph.

"We’ve put men on the moon, we’ve built bridges that straddle seemingly impossible chasms and we’ve created production cars that hit 250 mph (I say ‘we’ve’, I’ve had nothing to do with any of them, too busy really)."

So the battle continues, Shelby (completely unrelated to the famous Ford tuner) is now on the warpath to bring that coveted title back so the land of McDonalds and the new motor they hope to do it in is mightily impressive, it looks like a spaceship for chrissakes!

The vital statistics are pretty remarkable too, we’re talking a 6.8 litre twin-turbo engine that is capable of kicking out a positively stupid 1,350bhp while revving all the way up to an ear-splitting 9,000rpm. Swathes of carbon fibre have been added to the mix too, with revolutionary one-piece carbon fibre wheels (sounds dangerous to me) and aerodynamic wings aplenty making sure the machine doesn’t take off. It’s a beautiful piece of engineering and one that’s set to push the limits of human ingenuity once again.

The fact that Jerod Shelby continues to pour money and time into this project is impressive enough, but the fact he’s managed to achieve such eye-watering performance on a fraction of the budget Volkswagen committed is testament to exactly what man can achieve with a bag of hammers and a massive brain.

Only time will tell if the new SSC can regain the fastest production car title but early pointers look positive. U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!

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