production car-world record set by Ultimate Aero car
15] WEST RICHLAND, WA, US--The Ultimate Aero Supercar, build by
Jerod Shelby, went 255-miles per hour and set the new world record
for the fastest production car.
"Today was an amazing day," said Shelby after
the 387-cubic-inch, 1,183-horsepower, twin turbo-enhanced vehicle
did its stuff.
Driver Chuck Bigelow piloted the Ultimate Aero twice
on the two-lane straightaway, reaching 257.11 mph heading south,
then 254.55 mph on the same stretch going north.(enlarge
The official average top speed for the two runs was
"So much blood, sweat and tears to have given
into this project over the last five years, that to achieve this,
and to have the title of world's fastest production car, it's still
sinking in. It's very surreal," said Jerod Shelby, founder and lead
designer of Shelby Supercars LLD.
vehicle has air conditiioning, power windows, GPS navigation, and
To show anyone can drive the car, the man behind
the wheel was 71 years-old.
Shelby and his family members, including a brother
and his parents, have been working for six years to achieve the
goal reached Thursday. Breaking the Bugatti Veyron's record should
catapult the Ultimate Aero into the public eye as the fastest street-legal
car money can buy.
Shelby also likes to note that his made-in-America
Ultimate Aero is priced at only $549,000, while the foreign-made
Bugatti Veyron goes for $1.5 million.
Shelby has built seven of these vehicles. The
car costs about $549,000.
The Ultimate Aero and Aero are assembled
at the Shelby SuperCars shop in West Richland, but the family-owned
business also has manufacturing sites in Auburn and Phoenix.
So far, Shelby said he has delivered seven of
his Aero line to customers, and has orders for 25 more.For more
information about Shelby and the cars, go to www.shelbysupercars.com.