Shelby Super Cars (SSC), best known for having created the world's fastest street car, has announced plans to build an even more revolutionary green derivative of its spectacular SSC Ultimate Aero. Where the sleek mid-engined GT coupe that currently holds the official Guinness World Record of 255.83 mph relies on a twin-turbocharged V8 that cranks out 1183 horsepower, the upcoming electric version will be fitted with either one or two 500-horse motors, have two- or four-wheel drive and use "a revolutionary power source that allows for an extended period between recharges." According to SSC founder Jerrod Shelby -- who is not related to the even-more legendary Carroll -- that interval may be up to several years, although the firm provided no other technical details.
While those types of claims would normally send eyebrows shooting skyward, SSC -- which was formed in 1999 and is located in Tri-Cities, Washington -- has already proven to have both the capacity and design expertise required to craft a legitimate conventional supercar. Whether it manages to pull off this even more innovative variation on the theme remains to be seen. But if SSC can hold to its stated timeline, the first Ultimate Aero EV (Electric Vehicle) is due to make an appearance in February of next year. Shortly thereafter, Shelby will attempt to have it surpass the 230-mph top speed recorded in 2004 by the Eliica, an eight-wheeled EV developed by a team from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. By late 2009, SSC also plans to start building a limited series of Ultimate Aero EV customer cars. No matter how this plays out, it should be interesting to watch.