Bugatti has been forced to relinquish its crown to the new world’s fastest car (world’s fastest production car, that is). But the fresh kid on the block – or rather the fresh whip on the track – likely isn’t one the majority of you are familiar with. This is the SSC Tuatara and as you will have gathered by now… it’s pretty bloody quick.
Taking to Route 160 in Nevada, the SCC Tuatara completed a series of runs in opposite directions, yielding an average speed of 316.11mph (503.73 km/h) and a top speed of 331.15mph (532.9 km/h) – shattering the previous record of 304.77mph (490.48 km/h) by an impressive margin; which was, of course, held by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport and only in a single direction.
Under the hood, the SSC Tuatara houses a 5.9-litre twin-turbocharged flat-plane crank V8 engine (a mouthful, I know). Capable of generating 1,350 horsepower on 91 Octane, 1,750 horsepower on E85, and 1,818.15 Nm of torque – this baby redlines at 8,800 RPM. SCC North America (formerly Shelby SuperCars) claims the Tuatara also has the lowest drag coefficient in its class at just 0.279. It weighs a total of 194 kg.
Only 100 SCC Tuataras / the new world’s fastest cars will ever be built with each one starting at US$1.6 million.
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