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2004 SSC Aero SC/8T Prototype

2004 SSC Aero SC/8T Prototype

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 by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Washington, USA
price $ $ 239,000
engine Modified Corvette C5R Aluminum V8
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Twin Turbochargers
fuel feed Electronic Sequential Port
displacement 6260 cc / 382 in³
bore 99.01 mm / 3.898 in
stroke 101.6 mm / 4.000 in
compression 9.5:1
power 586.9 kw / 787 bhp @ 6600 rpm
specific output 125.72 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 619.2 bhp per tonne
torque 860.94 nm / 635 ft lbs @ 5800 rpm
redline 7200
driven wheels Carbon Fibre & Composite Body over Steel Space Frame
front tires 245 45-18 Michelin Pilot Sports
rear tires 345 30-19 Michelin Pilot Sports
front brakes Vented & Slotted Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
rear brakes Vented & Slotted Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
front wheels F 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18 x 9.5 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 33.0 cm / 19 x 13 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Unequal Length A-Arms w/Adj Tube Shocks, Anti Roll Bar
r suspension Unequal Length A-Arms w/Opposed Coil-Over Springs
curb weight 1271 kg / 2800 lbs
wheelbase 2672 mm / 105.2 in
length 4475 mm / 176.2 in
width 2101 mm / 82.7 in
height 1092 mm / 43.0 in
transmission 6-Speed
gear ratios 3.82:1, 2.47:1, 1.56:1, 1.21:1, 0.97:1, 0.66:1
final drive 3.44:1
top speed ~400.7 kph / 249.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.11 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~10.98 seconds
drag 0.3187 Cd