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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009, 1:50 P.M.

Shelby’s 208 mph Electric Car

 

The World’s fastest production car is going Green at 208 mph. Shelby SuperCars (SSC), has outfitted their Ultimate Aero, a gas powered car that currently holds the Guinness World Record for “World’s Fastest Production Car” at 256.18 mph with an All-Electric Scalable Powertrain (AESP). 

The result is a near silent electric rocket known as the Ultimate Aero EV, powered by a twin motor AESP that produces a Prius obliterating 1,000hp and 800 lb-ft of torque capable of launching the EV to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds (nearly twice as fast as the all-electric Tesla Roadster) and a top speed of 208 mph. Because the AESP is liquid cooled, it can run for extended periods of time at peak performance without overheating. 

Impressive no doubt, but range is usually a main drawback of Duracell cars. Well, the EV can travel 150-200 miles on a single charge and SSC says that its, “Charge on the Run,” onboard charging system can fully restore battery power in as little as 10 minutes. That is, presumably, if you can find an outlet with an owner willing to charge you by the needle revolutions on his power meter. 

None the less, in a press release promoting the EV, SCC said, “SSC decided the Ultimate Aero to be the perfect high visibility outlet to demonstrate the capabilities of its new Green powertrain,” and, “SSC will display its AESP in the Ultimate Aero EV in order to prove that electric-powered vehicles will not only match but also provide more linear power (electric motors have 100% torque at 0 RPM) and overall performance than internal combustion cars.” 

With the astonishing performance numbers being produced from the AESP, SSC’s Green division, SSC Green, Inc., plans to extend its use beyond the elitist realm of super cars and repackage it for applications ranging from 200 hp for economy and midsize cars, to 500 hp for light trucks and SUVs, and up to 1,200 hp for delivery trucks, heavy-duty equipment, buses and even military vehicles. Imagine a Green Hummer…what would environmentalists think of that one? 

In the mean time, SSC is planning on entering the Ultimate Aero EV into the running for “World’s Fastest Production Electric Car.” At a time such as this in the American auto industry, one might think that getting started on creating some affordable electric economy cars might be a more pressing issue, but a tip of the hat to Shelby for creating a car that has the potential to serve a practical purpose sometime in the near future. 

A good question to ponder until then is how much electricity is required to put a 10-minute charge on an AESP equipped vehicle; it’s only practical so long as it’s cheaper than filing up a gas tank. 



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