Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Horsepower wars in overdrive

Chasing Bugatti: Two Upstart Carmakers Race to Beat the King
SSC Ultimate Aero TT
This American-built supercar is powered by a massive V8 engine fitted with two turbochargers. Engineers tuned its aerodynamic signature at NASA's Langley wind tunnel, and a test driver hit 230 mph during a recent trial run in Nevada before being forced to slow by road conditions. The throttle was at just 56 percent.
Engine: Twin-turbo 6.3-liter V8
Power: 1,183 hp
0 to 60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Weight: 2,750 pounds
Price: $549,000
Price of knowing you're killing the planet on your own terms, all by yourself: Priceless