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Disclaimer: even though we write about college cars here at CollegeCarGuide, sometimes I need a break to write about something a little more spectacular than a used Mazda3.
This is that spectacular moment.
In the video below, you'll see an American-made supercar that set the world record for the fastest production car. The SSC Ultimate Aero is hard to see in the video, and we thank the camera guy for that. Why? The first SSC was uglier than a love child of the AMC Eagle and a Ford Tempo. In the world of supercars, it was the hunchback of Notre Dame.
After the SSC set its record, the Bugatti Veyron stole it back. The Veyron Super Sport came back with newly tweaked turbochargers and aerodynamics, and took the record once again with a run up to 268 miles per hour.
Shelby Supercars would have to come up with something really special to take the title back.
To do so, they hired a new designer. Jason Castriota has caused quite a stir in recent years. First, he rebodied a Ferrari Enzo for Jim Glickenhaus. Then he created the Stile Bertone Mantide, which was a reskinned and really strange looking Corvette ZR1. Then just recently, he was named the chief designer of Saab.
Castriota has an impressive resume--and no doubt, he doesn't want his magnum opus to be the Mantide, or even a Saab 9-3. Which could explain why he signed up to style the SSC Ultimate Aero II. The young American is in charge of penning what may end up becoming the world's fastest production car.
As this image from Top Gear shows, what Castriota has created is a far, far cry from the first Ultimate Aero. It's a Stealth bomber, it's a Fifties concept car. It is beautiful.
What else is beautiful about this car? The estimate of 1350 horsepower, and a curb weight a third lower than the Bugatti. Sounds like a record in the making.