World's Fastest Production Car
Faster than a Bugatti Veyron, despite costing less than half the price..
It has a turbocharged 6.3-liter aluminum V8 that develops 1183 hp at 7000 rpm, on 91-octane fuel.
What is it?
[It's] called the SSC Ultimate Aero. The guy who built it, Jerod Shelby (no relation to Carroll Shelby), did it all in reverse compared to most fledgling supercar companies. First, after seven years of work, he produced the car. Next, he set a production car world speed record on the road and certified the SSC for U.S. emissions. Only then, after he broke the record, did he finally tell everybody about it. At a two-way average speed of 256 mph, the SSC Ultimate Aero is actually faster than a $1.5 million Bugatti Veyron, which has been clocked at 253 mph. And at about $650,000, it’s a lot less expensive.
One of the coolest things? According to the maker, if you drive carefully, you can get 19mpg highway in it.
Anyway, there's plenty of information in the article by Jay Leno (linked above). And more information on this hot car in the video that I can't seem to embed in the post, but can be watched on Page 2 of the article linked above.
--Nathan of Brainfertilizer Fame