• In Route To Its New Record Run, The SSC Tuatara Met Near-Catastrophic Disaster

The SSC Tuatara sustained extensive damage, on its way to break the 300 mph barrier

Quite recently, the SSC Tuatara set out to have another go at the 300 mph (482.8 km/h) barrier. However, there was an unexpected setback, which resulted in the American hypercar being wrecked. The accident happened in Utah on April 13, when the carrier flipped over due to the high winds on I-15. Actually, this is the very same #001 car that claimed the title of the fastest production car back in January.

What Happened to the SSC Tuatara?

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Prior to the car crash, the SSC Tuatara was being transported to Florida, for another attempt at 300 mph that was supposed to happen on April 17. No fatal or serious injuries occurred during the mishap and the damage sustained by the car is repairable.

Despite the car’s 5.9-liter twin-turbo flat-plane crankshaft V-8 with 1,750 horsepower, the SSC Tuatara’s 300 mph capabilities are still being questioned. The car’s first run in Nevada, where the car supposedly clocked an average of 316 mph (508 km/h) was showered with doubt, which prompted SSC to do a second run at John Bohmer Proving Grounds.

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They, eventually, set the record straight, achieving an average speed of 282.9 mph (455.2 km/h) with two passes. During one of the passes, the SSC Tuatara was clocked at 286 mph (460.3 km/h).

Despite the speed runs being recognized, the controversy surrounding the Nevada 316 mph run still casts its shadow.

The 300 mph target is still out there and SSC still has its sights on it.

Images from “The Drive” show extensive body damage, but hopefully, it’s limited to the body panels. The car will be repaired, but it is unknown if the same #001 car will be attempting the 300 mph record or not.

SSC Tuatara specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 5.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine
Horsepower: 1,750 horsepower
Torque: 1,341 pound-feet
0 to 60 MPH: 2.5 seconds
Top speed: 331 mph

Source: The Drive

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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