The SSC Tuatara is a hypercar from the famous American tuning studio Shelby Super Cars. The car (prototype) was first unveiled back in 2011 at the Shanghai Motor Show (China) simultaneously with the opening of SSC Asia’s first official representative office.
This car, according to the manufacturer’s representatives, claims to be the fastest production car on the planet. The first hypercar rolled off the production line back in 2014 and is still in production today.
The heads of the company decided to launch a new fast car (SSC Tuatara is SSC North America’s second car) after the acclaimed Bugatti Veyron Super Sport world speed record. Prior to that, the lead was held by the SSC Ultimate Aero TT.
The name of the hypercar comes from Tuatara reptile (in translation from the language of an ancient tribe of Maori – “peaks on the back”), which inhabits not far from New Zealand. This car was designed by SAAB’s leading designer, Jason Castriota.
The world speed record was set by Briton Oliver Webb on 10 October 2020. He was able to accelerate the “bolide” to 508.73 km/h (average of two runs: 484.53 km/h and 532.93 km/h).
SSC Tuatara specs:
- top speed – 455 km/h
- acceleration to 100 km/h – 2.5 s
- horsepower – 1774 hp
- power density – 1423 hp/t
- engine volume – 5900 cm³
- vehicle weight 1247 kg
SSC Tuatara engine:
Under the bonnet is a twin-turbocharged V8 with an output of 1,350 bhp (at 6,800 rpm). If, on the other hand, you fill it with E85 racing fuel instead of regular petrol, the car’s output will increase considerably to 1,774 bhp. The transmission is a 7-speed manual H-Pattern, as well as a 7-speed sequential robotized gearbox SMG with a triple clutch disc.
SSC Tuatara 0 – 100:
The car reaches a hundred in 2.5 seconds.
SSC Tuatara top speed (SSC Tuatara speed record):
The arithmetic average between the two runs resulted in a world record speed of 508.73 km/h. The stable ‘top speed’ is around 455 km/h.
SSC Tuatara interior:
SSC Tuatara price (Buy SSC Tuatara):
Current value of the vehicle $2,500,000
SSC Tuatara Aggressor:
The Aggressor, too, has received aerodynamic improvements, but the focus is on boosting the engine to 2,200bhp. The developer says the track variant can be ‘tuned infinitely’, but does not specify what this means. The Aggressor will be limited to ten units.
SSC Tuatara Striker:
The Striker has a redesigned carbon-fibre aerodynamic front end that has increased downforce several times over. The new carbon fibre optics include a massive anti-wing with a vertical stabilizer in the centre, an elaborate diffuser, a spoiler, flaps on the sides and air intakes. As a result, downforce at the front axle gave an increase of 45.4%, and 54.6% at the rear. Power output remains the same as in the standard Tuatara, with the 5.9-litre V8 twin-turbo delivering 1,350bhp from conventional petrol and 1,750bhp from the E85 blend.
SSC Tuatara Forza Horizon 5: