SSC Tuatara Supercar Hits 331 MPH, 'Fastest Production Vehicle' Ever!

20 Octobre, 2020, 16:57 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Jerod Shelby left and driver Oliver Webb celebrate the SSC Tuatara setting four new world records Oct. 10 including Fastest Production Vehicle

Then, in 2005, the reign of the Bugatti begun - first thanks to the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, the first series production vehicle to officially register more than 400 kph as it settled at the 253.81 miles per hour / 408.47 kph mark. The hypercar from SSC North America clocked an average speed of 508.73 kmph for the two consecutive runs it did on a patch of closed-off public road.

This isn't the first time SSC has held the record for world's fastest production vehicle, with the SSC Aero TT claiming the mantle in 2007 with an officially-recognised 410km/h.

"We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers", Jerod Shelby added, "which is astonishing to do in a real-world setting on a public road. America's new claim to victory in the "land-based space race" is going to be tough to beat", said Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC.

The record was attempted along State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump, the same place Koenigsegg took its Agera RS in 2017 to try for the record previosly.

SSC will only build 100 Tuataras. Onsite officials, using Dewetron GPS measurements that tracked the speed runs with an average of 15 satellites, verified the new 509 km/h record.

And that means the Tuatara has a solid lead over its two most formidable competitors.

The SSC Tuatara set four new records including fastest production vehicle on a 7-mile stretch of Nevada highway
The SSC Tuatara set four new records including fastest production vehicle on a 7-mile stretch of Nevada highway

With professional racing driver Oliver Webb behind the wheel of a production model Tuatara on street tires and non-race fuel, the hypercar managed to set an average of 508.73 km/h following two runs in opposite directions; one run hit 484.53 km/h (301.07 mph) and the other at 532.93 km/h (331.15 mph). In onboard footage the British driver reaches 532.821km/h.

If anything, Webb seemed nearly disappointed with the results.

"The auto wasn't running out of steam yet", Oliver Webb said of when he got the ride to 331. "And with better conditions, I know we could have gone faster, as I approached 331mph (532km/h), the Tuatara climbed nearly 20mph (32km/h) within the last five seconds".

Officials say that feat is good enough to dub the auto the fastest production ride of all-time. topping the Agera RS's 2017 mark of 277.9 miles per hour. It does rely on outside help, however, notably including designer Jason Castriota who has worked for brands as diverse as Pininfarina and Ford - helping pen the new Mustang Mach-E battery-electric vehicle for the latter manufacturer.

We don't know where owners of the Tuatara will use all 1,750 HP from the twin-turbo 5.9-liter V8.

It weighs just 1247 kilograms thanks its body and monocoque structure produced entirely from carbon fibre. SSC seemingly made sure all detractors will be silenced and opted for quite the show of force - the hypercar was chased not only by a helicopter, but also a jet aircraft (a subsonic T-33, but still)!

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