If you have a need for raw, primal, screaming speed and horsepower in truly large doses, we’ve got your shopping list. Satisfaction is guaranteed; there’s not a car on it that generates less than 500 horsepower as delivered.
Edmunds.com’s Inside Line has released its list of the “The 100 Most Powerful Cars of All Time”.
Topping the list is the SSC Ultimate Aero with a 6.3-liter V8 that churns out 1,287 horsepower and a stump-pulling 1,112 foot-pounds of torque. SSC stands for Shelby Supercars but it’s not the Shelby that first comes to mind. The company was founded in 1999 by Jerod Shelby, an automotive enthusiast. SSC’s headquarters is in Tri-Cities, Washington, Shelby’s hometown.
SSC was created with the goal of becoming a world class automotive manufacturer. After seven years in development, the Ultimate Aero made a spash on September 13, 2007 when it set a new record of 257.41 miles per hour to become the world’s fastest production car, beating the previous mark set by the Bugatti Veyron. It took Bugatti and Volkswagen more than two years to field the 1,200-horsepower Veyron 16.4 Super Sport that would reclaim the crown and reset the bar at 267.86 miles per hour.
In case the Ultimate Aero isn’t quite enough, SSC has unveiled the Tuatara, a futuristic sports car created to take the speed record back again.
Also on Inside Line’s list are John Hennessey’s Venom GT, Steve Saleen’s S7 Turbo, the (Carroll) Shelby GT500, the SRT Viper and Corvette ZR1, all mixed in with a dazzling array of hot exotics.