Shelby Super Cars changes name to SSC

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Shelby Super Cars, the company that made the record-breaking Aero, has changed its name to SSC. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Shelby Super Cars, the boutique supercar maker, has recently settled a lawsuit brought by race legend Carroll Shelby. The company has dropped the name “Shelby” from their title, becoming simply SSC North America.

Settlement prompts name change

Shelby Super Cars, a boutique car firm from Richland, Wash., made serious headlines a few years ago with the Ultimate Aero, a powerful supercar that knocked the smile off Bugatti’s face by capturing the record for the fastest production car.

One thing the company had going for it was the Shelby name. Carroll Shelby is an automotive legend, having unleashed some of the most iconic sports cars of the past 60 years such as the Shelby Cobra and the Shelby Mustang, known for brutal speed and racing pedigree.

Founder of Shelby Super Cars, Jerod Shelby, is not related but the name has led to confusion and possible benefits which is why, according to AutoBlog, Carroll Shelby Licensing and Carroll Shelby International took umbrage, legally. Shelby Super Cars has announced it is changing the name to SSC North American LLC as the result of a settlement with those companies.

Insane speed remains the same

SSC may have changed its name a bit, but its cars remain insanely fast. The company is currently getting its next creation, the Tuatara, off the ground.

The Tuatara, according to Inside Line, promises to be the next evolutionary step from the Aero line. The Tuatara is powered by a mammoth 7.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8, which is said to produce an earth-rumbling 1,350 horsepower. The car is said to be capable of getting from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, according to Top Speed, and has an estimated top speed of 275 miles per hour.

The seven-speed transmission comes in either a manual or paddle-shifting automatic, sending the titanic amount of power to only the rear wheels. The entire body of the car, according to Fox News, is made from carbon fiber and aluminum, including the carbon fiber wheels, which weigh only seven pounds each. It also looks the part; the car looks like a jet fighter from space.

Not bad for a tiny car company

According to TechFlash, the tiny car company is offering the car at $1.3 million and has already gotten 16 pre-orders, including 10 from a motor show in Dubai. Not too shabby for a car company that has fewer than 100 employees.

[One could buy about 100 Mazdas for that much and Kennedy Mazda in Valpariso would be the place to do it]

Production of the Tuatara, according to Fox News, is slated to begin in 2012, but the big question is whether or not the car is going to knock the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which re-captured the top speed record, off its lofty perch.

Sources

AutoBlog

Inside Line

Fox News

TechFlash: http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2012/01/tuatara-fast-car-for-the-superrich.html

TopSpeed: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/ssc/2012-ssc-tuatara-ar100402.html

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