SSC Ultimate Aero and Venom GT unleashed
We head to Nevada in the 1287bhp Ultimate Aero and 1200bhp Venom GT for the ride of our lives...
Posted: 25 Oct 2012
We are at 1,800m here, so we don't expect full power, but we all agree that this feels way off the claimed 1,200bhp it should be channelling through the rear wheels. Turns out later we were right. A dyno inspection showed that a stone had become lodged in one of the turbo wastegates, which
sliced 280bhp off peak power. So the total on offer is around 900bhp.
Which is about the same as the Venom GT on the lowest of its three settings (Near Death). The other two take it to 1,000bhp (Death) and then the full-house (Certain Death) 1,200bhp. You can toggle between the three modes using a small button on the steering wheel, but I suggest you don't unless the traction control is hooked up. Which it clearly isn't on our car, as the 200mph tank-slapping wheelspin demonstrated quite clearly.