Sure, Hennessey and Tesla have contributed a lot to the American sports car repertoire, but you can’t forget those who paved the way for them to do so. Notably, there’s the first real challenger to the Bugatti Veyron: the SSC Ultimate Aero!
Drawing a blank on this car? Well don’t feel too bad, you’re certainly not alone. Although only a minority of the car community knows of the SSC Ultimate Aero (along with SSC as a whole), they still helped to form America’s current supercar market. In the process, they toppled the then king of speed, the Veyron.
If you’re looking for the most underrated, unknown, and undervalued American sports car out there, then you’ve found it: the 2007 SSC Ultimate Aero…
Shelby SuperCars Inc: A Humble Origin
Don’t let the name fool you, S.S.C. has no relation to the famous Carroll Shelby. Nevertheless, the company’s founder, Jerod Shelby, has still followed the same path as his surname: making sports cars. Not just any sports cars, either, but the fastest out there!
In 1998, Shelby launched SSC North America (known then as ‘Shelby SuperCars Incorporated’). Though, by the time SSC had their first prototype it had already been 2004. Still, Shelby wasn’t in a rush to get it out. The idea, after all, was to be the best, not necessarily the soonest to come out.
Bugatti (as you’re probably all aware) beat them to the punch in 2006 when they set the speed record for road cars (253 M.P.H.). SSC wouldn’t let this discourage them, rather, quite the opposite. The pressure to win, attention-to-detail, and deep love for their creation culminated in their first production supercar: the ‘SSC Ultimate Aero.’