Spare a thought for the makers of the world's fastest production automobile. Ever since they announced further details about their plans to produce the "world's fastest production electric car," Shelby Super Cars has been the target of much snickering and rolling of the eyes over their claim of a 10-minute battery re-charge capability.
It's not because it's outside the realm of possibility. Indeed, that same declaration has been made in the past by the makers of the Lightning Gt and the folks at Phoenix Motorcars. Heck, it was even demonstrated by Aerovironment and the battery maker, Altairnano. The problem was they said it could be done with a 110V outlet which, according to the known physical laws of the universe, is not possible. Soon that claim was downgraded to "220V service". Better, but still a touch on the outside of believable. In search of a little respect, the company has now gone back and revised its press release further by simply eliminating any reference to the voltage of their source. Will it quiet the critics until the upcoming superspeedway demonstration? You tell us. Re-revised press release after the break.
[Source: Shelby Super Cars via Doug at Tesla Motors Club Forum]
2009 SSC Ultimate Aero EV
WEST RICHLAND, WA (01/22/2009)
Shelby SuperCars (SSC) released today the details of its revolutionary All-Electric Scalable Powertrain, the AESP. SSC will incorporate its AESP into thecurrent Ultimate Aero to create the Ultimate Aero EV. Being the "World's Fastest Production Car," SSC decided the Ultimate Aero to be the perfect high visibility outlet to demonstrate the capabilities of its new Green powertrain. Directly following the debut of the Ultimate Aero EV, SSC will conduct a live media event to showcase the capabilities of its revolutionary Green powertrain.
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. The Ultimate Aero EV utilizes a twin motor AESP producing an astounding 1,000 HP and 800 lb-ft of torque enabling it to rocket to 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 mph. Not only does the Ultimate Aero EV have a range of 150-200 miles on a single charge, but SSC's "Charge on the RunTM" onboard charging system allows for full battery recharges in as little as 10 minutes. SSC's 3-speed automatic transmission transfers the Ultimate Aero EV's power to its wheels and achieves electronically controlled shift times of .24 s. The entire AESP is liquid cooled allowing it to run for extended periods of time at peak performance with no overheating issues.
SSC's Green division, SSC Green, Inc., will provide packaged solutions of its AESP to a wide variety of applications ranging from 200 horsepower for economy and midsize cars, to 500 horsepower for light trucks and SUVs, and up to 1,200 horsepower for delivery trucks, heavy-duty equipment, buses and military vehicles.
SSC expects to roll out its first full-scale, pre-production Ultimate Aero EV in second quarter 2009. Ultimate Aero EV deliveries will start as early as fourth quarter 2009. SSC will pursue the title of "World's Fastest Production Electric Car" and conduct a marketing campaign consisting of international motor shows, magazine articles, TV appearances and live media events. Most importantly, SSC will conduct a live media event at one of America's superspeedways to prove its claims. During this event SSC Founder and Lead Designer, Jerod Shelby, and notable guests will drive laps at high speed pitting only to demonstrate the quick recharge times. SSC asks any interested media to send a request to AeroEVMedia@sscautos.com.