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Bugatti may sit alone at the top of the industry in a number of ways, but it isn't alone in the top-speed chase. Like NASA had the USSR's space program , Bugatti has Shelby SuperCars to keep it on its toes. After Bugatti set the top-speed record with the original Veyron, SSC came along with its Ultimate Aero to take away its crown. Bugatti has since responded with the Veyron Super Sport, and now SSC is working on an answer of its own. That's what you see here.
Designed by Jason Castriota of Bertone and Pininfarina fame, the next-generation SSC Ultimate Aero II has the ambitious milestone of 275 miles per hour in its sights. Its power-to-weight ratio, thanks in part to carbon fiber and aluminum construction, is nearly double that of the Veyron. And with a 6.8-liter twin-turbo V8 packing 1350 horsepower, its output is higher while using half the cylinders and turbochargers of its European rival. This ought to be good. But don't like it too much, as the price tag is expected to come in around $970,000.