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
Each weighs around 1,270kg. Claimed 0-60mph figures are 2.78secs for the Ultimate Aero and 2.5secs for the Venom GT. Top speeds are still theoretical at this point, but SSC claims 273mph (its previous world-record run was 257.4mph) and Hennessey 2mph more - 275mph at the 7,200rpm redline in top gear (sixth). Both have a Cd of around 0.35.
In the rare metals and carbon fibre they are made of, though, they couldn't be more different. The Ultimate Aero is definitely from the Nineties - classic, low, flat and wide school of supercar design, inside and out. All the bodywork is carbon fibre, there are two huge intakes on the front of the rear wheelarches and it has its own party piece - twin pop-up air brakes that emerge at an angle from the top of the rear wings.