SSC TEASES US WITH '300MPH' TUATARA HYPERCARDate: 2019-02-19
Revealed at Pebble Beach in 2018, SSC has released a video of their hypercar in action.
For those of you who might not know this, but SSC was created by Jerod Shelby (nope, not related to the legend, Caroll Shelby) way back in 1999. By 2004, the company had their first prototype ready, the SSC Ultimate Aero, and in September of 2007, they set the record for fastest production vehicle as verified by Guinness World Records, reaching a top speed 256.18 mph averaged over two runs in opposite directions.
The Ultimate Aero held that record for a couple of years until Bugatti took the crown and, besides the prototype of this, the SSC Tuatara, revealed at the Dubai International Motor Show in 2013, there's been very little news from the U.S. supercar manufacturer.
Until now, that is. There was talk that the production version was ready in 2018 but only recently has SSC released a video of the car actually driving on the road. And, even then, it's just a sneak-peak.
So, what are the specs of the car that suggests it can threaten the likes of Bugatti, Hennessey and Koenigsegg, current title-holders at an average of 277.9mph with the Agera RS?
Well, it thumps out 1750bhp to its rear wheels from a twin-turbo flat-plane-crank 5.9-litre V8 via a seven-speed automated manual gearbox. It also sports a dry weight of 1247kg because it has a carbon fibre chassis and body, the latter which shimmies through the wind tunnel with a drag coefficient of just 0.279.
According to SSC, "Production of the Tuatara is ready to begin, with pre-orders currently being secured by those who wish to own this next-generation hypercar." Although nobody actually knows how much it'll cost just yet. Let's expect it to be rather expensive considering there are only 100 units scheduled to be manufactured.
With the news of the SSC making its move for that illustrious '300' crown, it seems it's going to be a four-horse race... and that is rather exciting!