‘300mph’ SSC Tuatara hypercar teased in new video
Following its reveal at Pebble Beach in 2018, the US hypercar can now be seen in action
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. The Ultimate Aero’s successor, the Tuatara, was first announced in 2011, first shown as a concept at the 2013 Dubai motor show and unveiled in production form early in 2018. Now its maker has released a video of the model on the road.
With SSC aiming for the rather ambitious goal of a 300mph top speed, the new car ought to have the specs to match. 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, and 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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SSC recently said: ‘Production of the Tuatara is ready to begin, with pre-orders currently being secured by those who wish to own this next-generation hypercar.’ Pricing information hasn’t been announced. However, being such a limited model with just 100 in the pipeline, we can’t imagine it’ll be cheap.
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. With the possibility of VAG-backed Bugatti also working on a model to beat this record behind closed doors, SSC certainly has its work cut out…