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Leno, meet the Aero

July 17, 2008 | 10:00 am

The fastest car in the world. It’s a title fraught with disclaimers and qualifications. In the end, the most meaningful accolade (to those of us who don’t camp out on the Bonneville Salt Flats) is the fastest production road-legal car, for which there are a few contenders. And once the Guinness World record people are involved, then that’s something to shout about.

Right now, the fastest production car in the world, according to those stout types from Guinness, is the 2008 SCC Ultimate Aero -- made in America, no less. With a 6.3-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine nestled within a lightweight body, the SCC has been clocked officially at 256.14 mph. It has around 1,100 horsepower. It costs $620,000.

And now Jay Leno has driven it. Around Los Angeles.

Here’s some video footage of the guy who won’t be presenting Top Gear USA.

-- Colin Ryan

Video: Jay Leno’s Garage