‘300mph’ SSC Tuatara hypercar goes into production

Following its reveal at Pebble Beach in 2018, the first SSC Tuatara hypercar has rolled off the production line 

Remember the SSC Ultimate Aero? It was the American-built hypercar that, back in 2007, briefly stole the title of world’s fastest production car away from the Bugatti Veyron by recording a two-way average speed of 256.18mph. Its successor, the Tuatara, was announced in 2011 and was first shown as a concept at the 2013 Dubai motor show and unveiled in production spec early in 2018.

Following a look at the model on the road last year, the small-scale US car manufacturer has announced that the very first example has rolled off its production line, over ten years since the project’s inception – a further 99 are set to be produced.

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> Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ marks 304.7mph achievement

With SSC aiming for the rather ambitious goal of a 300mph top speed, the Tuatara will need some impressive specs to reach it. A mid-mounted, twin-turbo flat-plane crank 5.9-litre V8 pushes up to 1750bhp to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automated manual gearbox. The car also features a carbonfibre chassis and body, has a dry weight of 1247kg and an impressive drag coefficient of just 0.279 – both claims better than the Koenigsegg Agera (which currently holds the production car speed record) and Bugatti Veyron.

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In November 2017, Koenigsegg’s Agera RS took the crown of world’s fastest production car, with a staggering two-way average speed of 277.9mph. Factory test driver Niklas Lija put the car’s 5-litre turbocharged V8 to good use, hitting over 284.6mph in one direction and smashing the Veyron Super Sport’s previous speed of 267.8mph. 

Bugatti has since set yet another benchmark late last year by hitting the 300mph mark in the Chiron Super Sport 300+. Might SSC snatch the title from the French marque? We’ll have to wait and see.

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