Road Tests Real world tests of Ultimate Aero vs MP4-12C

0-60mph

MP4-12C
3.1 s

Top speed

Ultimate Aero
256 mph
MP4-12C
205 mph

1/4 mile

MP4-12C
11 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of SSC Ultimate Aero

Reasons to consider the
SSC Ultimate Aero

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Much more torque 1,113 ft-lb @ 6,150 RPM vs 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM More than 2.5x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much more powerful engine 1,287 HP @ 6,075 RPM vs 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM Around 2.2x stronger engine
Faster top speed 256 mph vs 205 mph 51 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more expensive sticker price $740k vs $229k Around 3.2x more expensive harder to own
Faster in the quarter mile 9.9 s vs 11 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Much bigger engine 6,345 cc vs 3,799 cc More than 65% bigger engine
Faster to 60mph 2.8 s vs 3.1 s Around 10% faster to 60mph
Lighter curb weight 2,750 lb vs 3,161 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of McLaren MP4-12C

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McLaren MP4-12C

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Way higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 7,200 RPM Around 20% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Ultimate Aero  vs
MP4-12C 
Brand SSC McLaren
Price 740,000 229,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2011

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 2.14 lb/hp 5.35 lb/hp
Maximum hp 1,287 HP @ 6,075 RPM 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 1,113 ft-lb @ 6,150 RPM 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,200 RPM 8,500 RPM
Engine placement Rear Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,345 cc 3,799 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.97:1 8.7:1
Bore/stroke 4.13 in / 3.62 in 3.66 in / 2.75 in

road tests

Ultimate Aero  vs
MP4-12C 
Top speed 256 mph 205 mph
1/4 mile 9.9 s 11 s
0-60mph 2.8 s 3.1 s
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.36

transmission

Drivetrain RWD 2WD
Shift system Manual Automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 14.6 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Disc 13.8 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheels 483/? 241 235/35 19
Rear wheels 508/? 330 305/30 20

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,750 lb 3,161 lb
Width 82.7 in 75.2 in
Height 43 in 47.2 in
Length 176.2 in 177.4 in
Wheelbase 105.2 in 105.1 in
SSC Ultimate Aero
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McLaren MP4-12C
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