2004 SSC Aero SC/8T Prototype

SSC in Washington, USA created the Aero SC/8T as the first version of their all-American supercar. Called Shelby Super Cars, the company is distinct from Shelby Automobiles and prides itself on impressive top speed and horsepower numbers.

In 2002, the Jerod Shelby and his team worked on a steel space frame and carbon fiber body as a basis for their 250 mph super car. Their replica Lamborghini chassis were similar in design and the first prototype used a twin-turbo Corvette V8. Later cars used a supercharged version with a small block Chevrolet V8.

The Aero borrowed many stylistic traits from Italian exotica but is distinctly different from anything produced in America. For instance, the doors were made with a butterfly design and were air operated.

The first Aero SC/8T was painted Burnt Copper Pearl. This prototype pulled in a 3.1 second zero-to-sixty time at the Firebird raceway in March of 2004. Later it was sold at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction for $189,200 USD. In the auction description they described the car as “First of 2 Shelby Super Car Aero prototypes ever made.”

 

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atWashington, USA
price $$ 239,000
engineModified Corvette C5R Aluminum V8
positionMid Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Turbochargers
fuel feedElectronic Sequential Port
displacement6260 cc / 382 in³
bore99.01 mm / 3.898 in
stroke101.6 mm / 4.000 in
compression9.5:1
power586.9 kw / 787 bhp @ 6600 rpm
specific output125.72 bhp per litre
bhp/weight619.2 bhp per tonne
torque860.94 nm / 635 ft lbs @ 5800 rpm
redline7200
driven wheelsCarbon Fibre & Composite Body over Steel Space Frame
front tires245 45-18 Michelin Pilot Sports
rear tires345 30-19 Michelin Pilot Sports
front brakesVented & Slotted Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
rear brakesVented & Slotted Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
front wheelsF 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18 x 9.5 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 33.0 cm / 19 x 13 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionUnequal Length A-Arms w/Adj Tube Shocks, Anti Roll Bar
r suspensionUnequal Length A-Arms w/Opposed Coil-Over Springs
curb weight1271 kg / 2800 lbs
wheelbase2672 mm / 105.2 in
length4475 mm / 176.2 in
width2101 mm / 82.7 in
height1092 mm / 43.0 in
transmission6-Speed
gear ratios3.82:1, 2.47:1, 1.56:1, 1.21:1, 0.97:1, 0.66:1
final drive3.44:1
top speed~400.7 kph / 249.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.11 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~10.98 seconds
drag0.3187 Cd