Because Life Doesn't Start Until 250 mph

2011 Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero II

The yet-to-be-released 2011 Shelby Supercar Ultimate Aero II is the kind of vehicle Maverick might hop in to dogfight Jester, only to realize after hitting 275 mph that the vehicle doesn’t actually take to air. At least that’s the impression these newly released photos by Top Gear convey.

Featuring a 6.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that redlines at 9,000 rpm and spits out a jaw-dropping 1,350 horses, the 2011 Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero II has its sights set on taking back the street-legal speed crown currently held by the Bugatti Veryron Supersport. Shelby Supercars however isn’t just gambling on power and a Jason Castriota-styled body to help the Ultimate Aero II set records. Instead, the car weighs much less than the Veyron, helped in part by the world’s first one-piece carbon-fiber wheels that weigh less than 13 pounds. Carbon fiber is also spread Nutella-style all over the body, helping bring the car in around 2,600 pounds. The end result is a power-to-weight ratio that’s over double that of the Veyron. To buy one, you’ll have to come up with a DARPA grant-like $970,000. The fact that Star Scream will cower before it is just a freebie.

For more details check out SSC’s site here.