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 |  Oct 13 2010, 8:27 PM

So much teasing has been going on with Shelby Supercars’ Ultimate Aero II, and now we’re getting the clearest shots of the vehicle from various angles. Along with the photos released by Top Gear, we get some more specs on the upcoming Ultimate Aero II supercar.

The vehicle will sport a 6.8-liter V8 twin-turbocharged powerplant, throwing down 1,350-hp with a top speed of 275 mph. All the exhilarating power can be felt all the way to 9,000 rpm. Its price? Just a touch under $1,000,000, with SSC listing the MSRP as $970,000.

And in its battle to take back the production car speed record – which now belongs to Bugatti’s Veyron Supersport – the Ultimate Aero II weighs in at a scant 2,600 lbs. This is mostly due to its excessive use of carbon fiber throughout the body and even the world’s first one-piece carbon fiber wheels (they weigh in at just under 13 lbs a piece). The result? A power-to-weight ratio that is almost double that of the Bugatti Veyron.

Now we just anxiously await to see this supercar launch from 0 mph to 275 mph before our blistering eyes… via YouTube of course.

[Source: Top Gear]

GALLERY: SSC Ultimate Aero II

 |  Sep 09 2010, 10:23 AM

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Earlier this week, we were all giddy with the idea that Shelby Supercars is producing the Ultimate Aero II in order to claim back its fastest production car world record. Now they’ve given Top Gear (of course) a first look at the entire vehicle from bumper to bumper, and teased the world with a fine shot of the Ultimate Aero II’s rear end.

And what a fine and futuristic-looking rear end it is. Clearly the styling designed by Jason Castriota (currently designing for Saab) is cutting edge and its menacingly low stance screams supercar. We’re definitely bigger fans of the front than the rear, but we also can understand the direction they’re going with the vehicle. Our only major complaint is the funky taillight design that vaguely reminds us of a Dodge Challenger. Oh, and we keep thinking that a blinking LED will just strip across the center ala KITT.

We just can’t wait to see this thing in action, and we’re going to have to (gulp) get ourselves a copy of that Top Gear!