Sunday, January 25

Shelby Building An Electric Supercar?

What do you get when one puts an “electric powertrain” into the “World’s fastest production car?” The “World’s fastest production electric car.”

The Guinness World Records has already certified that Shelby’s Ultimate Aero TT supercar is the fastest production car in the world with a speed in excess of 412 km/h (256.14 mph).

With that record in that bag, Shelby is aiming for another. This time it’s the “World’s fastest production electric car.” Shelby is planning to incorporate its “All Electric Scalable Powertrain” into the Ultimate Aero super car pictured above. Shelby feels that this model will act as a high visibility outlet to demonstrate the capabilities of its new Green powertrain. The new electric car has been dubbed as the Ultimate Aero EV.

Basically Shelby is out there trying 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.

According to Shelby, the Ultimate Aero EV can cough up an astounding 1000 hp and 800 lbft of torque enabling it to rocket to 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 mph. The Ultimate Aero EV will have a range of 150-200 miles on a single charge, with its patented onboard charging system that will recharge the battery completely in 10 minutes on a 220V line. The car will sport a 3 speed automatic transmission rendering shift times of .24 seconds. The entire AESP is liquid cooled allowing it to run for extended periods of time at peak performance with no overheating issues.

Shelby expects to roll out its first full scale, pre production Ultimate Aero EV in the second quarter of 2009. Ultimate Aero EV deliveries will start as early as fourth quarter 2009.

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Source: Shelby Supercars


  1. This past year the high cost of fuel did serious damage to our economy and society. The trickle effects will be felt for years to come.The price of fuel affects every aspect of our economy from higher production and shipping costs to higher electric bills. Record numbers of jobs and homes were lost as a direct result. We are still reeling at the checkout lanes. We have spent billions in stimulus and bail outs. We need to bail America out of it's dependence on foreign oil. Create cheap clean energy, millions of badly needed green collar jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I just read the best book ever called The Manhattan Project of 2009 by Jeff Wilson. After a brief reprieve gas prices are on their way back up. OPEC has vowed to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel. It would cost the equivalent of 60 cents per gallon to charge and drive an electric car. The electricity to charge the car could come from solar or wind generated electricity. If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV's instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. Oil is finite. We are using it globally at the rate of 2 X faster than new oil is being discovered. India and China are expected to put 3 million more vehicles on their highways within the next 20 years. We have so much available to us , wind, solar, hybrid technology and bio fuels. We need to invest in America. We need to get on with becoming an energy independent nation.

  2. @ BeyondGreen

    What can you not expect from OPEC. It was always on the anvil that they would choke the fuel supplies until the prices soar again.

    I do not think the vehicle manufacturers are in any sort of a hurry to put electric drive trains in their products. And even if they do, they will have to deal with the oil lobby. The prospect of an head on collision with the lobby is something they would want to avoid at any cost.

    We need to invest and encourage Green technologies.


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