What an unfathomable amount of speed, yet the SSC Tuatara has just reached it. And it appears to have done so rather effortlessly.
The SSC Tuatara is the long-time-coming hypercar from the likes of North American automaker SSC. There have been big promises with regards to performance and it appears the claims have just been stamped, certified, and signed off. Driver Oliver Webb pushed the Tuatara to a top speed of 331 miles per hour. His two-way average is 316 mph. And the world has a new top-speed machine for the production car set.
The Tuatara was designed by Jason Castriota. Formerly of Pininfarina, Castriota penned machines like the Ferrari 599, Maserati GranTurismo, and the amazing Maserati Birdcage 75th. Now Jason is part of the team that helped bring this absolute speed monster to life. It’s not just good aero lines at play here though as the Tuatara also packs serious heat out back. A 5.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is used, which produces 1,750 horsepower. That’s when drinking E85 fuel. Torque is 1,280 lb-ft and the redline lives at 8,800 rpm. The wheels are carbon, the body is carbon, and the frame is carbon and aluminum. The clutch discs are carbon, the brakes are carbon. We imagine the radio is carbon.
It’s quite easy to dismiss all this as a Who Cars moment in time. This is a car you’re never to going to be stuck behind at a red light, nor will you be able to afford one. But from an engineering standpoint, this is one hell of an achievement. The driver stated that he took it easy up to 200 miles per hour before really getting on it. That statement is wild. And the car had more left but crosswinds prevented Webb from pushing even harder. This car has more in it at 331 mph. So sure, the exercise might be silly but the achievement is impressive.