Road Tests Real world tests of Ultimate Aero vs McLaren P1

0-60mph

Top speed

Ultimate Aero
256 mph
McLaren P1
217 mph

1/4 mile

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 663 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM Around 70% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much more powerful engine 1,287 HP @ 6,075 RPM vs 903 HP @ 7,500 RPM Around 45% stronger engine
Faster top speed 256 mph vs 217 mph 39 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much bigger engine 6,345 cc vs 3,799 cc More than 65% bigger engine
Lighter curb weight 2,750 lb vs 3,036 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
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More expensive sticker price $1.2M vs $740k More than 55% more expensive harder to own

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Ultimate Aero  vs
McLaren P1 
Brand SSC McLaren
Price 740,000 1,150,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2014

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 2.14 lb/hp 3.36 lb/hp
Maximum hp 1,287 HP @ 6,075 RPM 903 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 1,113 ft-lb @ 6,150 RPM 663 ft-lb @ 4,000 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
Bore/stroke 4.13 in / 3.62 in 3.66 in / 2.75 in

road tests

Ultimate Aero  vs
McLaren P1 
Top speed 256 mph 217 mph
1/4 mile 9.9 s 9.8 s
0-60mph 2.8 s 2.7 s
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.34

transmission

Drivetrain RWD Rear wheel drive
Shift system Manual Automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,750 lb 3,036 lb
Width 82.7 in 76.6 in
Height 43 in 46.8 in
Length 176.2 in 180.6 in
Wheelbase 105.2 in 105.1 in
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