SSC’s Ultimate Aero failed to top Bugatti’s top speed record of 253 mph for a road-legal production car. Earlier this month, SSC claimed that it will begin testing on March 21, 2007 in an attempt to top the record for the world’s fastest production legal car. Using it’s Ultimate Aero, which has a 6.3 liter engine that produces 1,183 horsepower, SSC closed down a 12 mile stretch on Nevada’s Highway 93. With only two attempts made due to weather conditions, the Ultimate Aero was able to reach a top speed of 230 mph.
Team leader Jerod Shelby and driver Rick Doria said that they are confident they can top Bugatti EB Veyron 16.4 of 253 mph. Another attempt will be made in a couple of months after more preperations.