Supercars in detail: Shelby Super Cars, the American dream of speed records

1999 – foundation of the company SSC North America

Dreams Jarod Shelby, the American designer of high-speed supercars, is closely intertwined with the ideas of other dreamers-superkarostroiteley. Like many, he wanted to create a car that will wipe your nose in such eminent rivals like Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini. But the ceiling speed of 350 km / h Jarod seemed to not be so great: it was necessary to create a supercar that will beat speed records, and take away the crown from the Bugatti Veyron, with its "maximum speed" at 407 km / h. Thus was born the brand Shelby Super Cars.

Jarod himself became interested in cars since childhood, was in karting ring and amateur races. In these races Shelby got experience, which subsequently apply in their cars. So, racing, he brought a sense of competition, as well as understand how the tiniest of details may depend on the result of the fight. Shelby, performs well on highways, other racing career in American racing series, but … In 1991, he became co-founder of the company's Advanced Imaging Technologies Inc., spetsiliaziruyuscheysya in the production of medical equipment, in which the Shelby spent almost 8 years.


multiple visualization systems and diagnostic equipment 3D-modeling, for which he received several patents have been developed under the leadership of Jarod. Earned capital medical equipment, Shelby decided to build his own supercar. According to statements of the developer, the company opened in 1999, was supposed to produce only machines created with the latest technology in automobile design and passed the test in different climatic conditions in order to avoid later problems for both the buyer as well as for the company itself.

2004 – SSC Aero SC / 8T

From the establishment of the company before the construction of the first prototype of the prototype it has been almost five years. A lot of effort and finance the designer took to prepare and bring the supercar to production. The first prototype, received Aero SC / 8T index is based on a tubular steel frame, designed on the computer and the external panel mid-engine supercar vykleeny body were made of fiberglass. To frame fastened independent suspension front and rear wheel double wishbone. For passenger cockpit installed engine, borrowed from racing modifications Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. Nizhnevalny V8 volume of 6.3 liter dry sump equipped with two mechanical compressors and liquid intercooled Eaton, which allowed to develop a power of 800 hp In tandem with this motor worked a 6-speed manual transmission borrowed from the Dodge Viper.


In 2005 he was created a second prototype supercar with SC / 8T index. The engine has been boosted received a new intercooler and engine control system, which increased the power to 921 hp, while torque is increased to 1045 Nm. To cope with such power, the rear axle limited slip differential supplied. Prototype aerodynamic wind tunnel adjusted NASA, where it was established that the vehicle speed can withstand up to 440 km / h. Both prototypes, orange and gray, respectively, Jerod later used in an advertising company, and the first one was sold at auction Barrett-Jackson, 2008 in Palm Beach, California for 189 thousand dollars.

2006 – SSC Ultimate Aero

Two years after the show first prototypes of the company Jarod Shelby presented the production car, which got the name of the Ultimate Aero. Under the hood of the supercar – the same V8 engine capacity of 6.3 liters, which is based on the engine block of the motor racing Corvette. Equipped with two mechanical superchargers and intercoolers, he is developing 1 143 hp and 1450 Nm torque. This power has been achieved after the engine is reconfigured for use racing gasoline octane number exceeds 100 units. With motor aggregated 6-step "mechanics", which transmits from the engine to the rear axle.


Car design is different from the prototype: it was redesigned tubular space frame made of chrome-molybdenum steel and external body panels were made from a lightweight and durable carbon fiber. As a result, the supercar is catapulted from their seats to the rating "hundreds" in just 2.8 seconds and recorded a top speed of 411 km / h. In the cabin, trimmed in leather, suede and carbon fiber Recaro seats fitted with electrical, audio class Hi-Fi Rockford Fosgate with 10 speakers, power windows, air conditioning and navigation system.


2007 – SSC Ultimate Aero TT

But that some customers seemed enough. At their request, a new car that gets in the index was created by the CT console, which meant the use of two turbochargers in the engine Garrett instead of mechanical supercharging. The use of turbo allowed to reduce the weight of the vehicle and more finely tune the engine to increase its productivity. Power nizhnevalnoy "eight" shot up to 1187 hp and 1480 Nm of torque. The car accelerates from zero to hundred in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of new products exceeded 415 km / h.


In 2009, an updated version of the supercar has been prepared. Displacement was increased to 6.4 liters, and more productive thanks to fuel pumps, injectors and a new low-inertia turbochargers able to increase the power of the new engine to 1200 hp and torque up to 1500 Nm. To prevent overheating of the engine side air intakes have been increased and 20 percent increased the area of ​​the radiators and intercoolers. The front end has undergone changes, among which will be a new hood and front bumper, which allowed to give it a more streamlined shape and reduce drag coefficient. Revamped and the back of the supercar: wing could play the role of air brake and climb at an angle of 65 degrees when braking. The changes were made and the interior: there are new seats and the instrument panel.

The first production Ultimate Aero TT was sold at auction for 431 thousand dollars, and the total circulation was 25 supercars.


2012 – SSC Ultimate Aero XT

In 2011, the company announced the creation of a new generation supercar, and the release of farewell version of Ultimate, received XT index. On the new car for the first time obkatali created based on the engine of the new generation Chevrolet LS7 engine. 7-liter nizhnevalny V8, which was installed on the version of the sixth-generation Corvette Z06, supplied with two turbochargers, intercoolers and a liquid lubrication system with dry sump, with the result that capacity has reached 1300 hp The pair worked with him a 7-speed manual gearbox and reinforced three-disc clutch. Theoretically, the maximum speed of the supercar should exceed 435 km / h, but in fact the car was unable to cross the threshold of 420 km / h. Circulation was only 5 copies, the price tag on the car was not even advertise. Each car had an individual two-color painting: after the customer selected scheme it becomes unavailable to other.


2014 – SSC Tuatara

As we already know, in 2011, Jerod Shelby presented a prototype of its new generation supercar, which originally carried the working title of Ultimate Aero TT 2. It was presented in Shanghai at the opening of the official dealer center SSC Asia in 2011, and then at Pebble beauty contest -Bich in California. The idea of ​​construction of the new machine came to Jerod summer of 2010, when the world speed record, delivered its Ultimate Aero TT, was beaten by another supercar – Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.


The striking design of the car has created American Jason Kastriot, in the past – the chief designer of the company SAAB. His new car Shelby Tuatara name given in honor of the eponymous reptiles inhabiting in New Zealand. In the language of Maori word "tuatara" means "peaks on the back", which corresponds to the design ideas Kastriot laid down in the supercar. The new tubular frame of the machine is made of aluminum alloy and external body panels made of carbon fiber and Kevlar. To fasten the frame independent suspension front and rear wheels on the double wishbone forged aluminum and perforated ventilated brake discs with a diameter of 385 mm at the front and rear are made of composite ceramic materials. For the first time in the practice of SSC supercar it has been fitted with anti-lock brakes.


Vehicle supplied all-aluminum 7-liter V8 engine weight of just 194 kg which, in contrast to the version used on the Aero XT, already develops 1350 hp and 1413 Nm thanks to new low inertia turbochargers with turbine geometry, and can increase the liquid intercoolers oversized. Company he is 7-speed robotized sequential gearbox with paddle shifters, which transmits torque from the engine through a self-locking limited slip differential on the rear wheels. To reduce unsprung weight wheels tuatara made components and have the rim of carbon fiber and the central part of the magnesium alloy, which reduced the weight of each wheel up to 5.8 kg. All this, together with lightweight composite body allowed to leave the curb weight of the supercar at 1 250 kg, while in the standard equipment includes air conditioning, electric seats and windows, upscale Rockford Fosgate audio system with 12 speakers and multi media with integrated navigation system, a rearview camera and DVD- player.


According to calculations the creators, the maximum speed of a mid-rear-wheel tuatara should reach 443 km / h and acceleration from zero to "hundreds" took about 2.5 seconds. Starting mass production was never started because of the financial crisis and lack of money for the final revision of the modern supercar. But, according to recent data, Jerod Shelby overcome all difficulties and to find investors willing to invest in his project. The first production tuatara author promised to launch into production in late 2015. The estimated price of a supercar is 1.3 million dollars.

Production of the supercar


The company's headquarters is based in his home city for Jarod Shelby West Richland, Washington. Initially, all the cars going in a tiny workshop, located in the backyard of his house Jarod, and almost all components purchased from other producers. For example, engines for SSC has supplied sports division Chevrolet, transmission purchased from BorgWarner, a series of suspension elements and frame with external panels were ordered from other private workshops. Now in the same West Richland built a modern factory where the car will pass all stages of the assembly process under one roof, including the fine-tuning and adjustment of the supercar on modern equipment. From 2006 to 2012 members of the tiny shop has collected only 20 coupes SSC Ultimate. The plans of the new plant – the construction of up to 30 supercars per year. Each car brand is built by hand by reservation, and the manufacture of the new machine in the old factory could be more than six months.

Interesting Facts

In 2012, the company Shelby Supercars has officially changed its name to SSC North America. This was done in agreement with Carroll Shelby himself, Jarod and namesake owner Carrol Shelby International, to avoid confusion in the stamps.

Initially, the emblem of the brand was a letter SSC, entered in the oval, but the new was created after the re-branding in 2012. In heraldic shield consisting of 22 blue and 20 white lozenges, located scarlet stripe and company motto «In Veritate Victoria», translated into Russian as "The truth – a victory."


Initially supercars Jarod Shelby had no brakes and other auxiliary electronic systems, as the author believes they interfere with the owner to enjoy driving this car.

One of the SSC Ultimate Aero XT belongs to the famous American collector cars Jay Leno.

What chip SSC?

– The holder of several world speed records, recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

– Using as a basis the archaic nizhnevalnogo motor Chevrolet.

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