The supercar that might set a new top speed record

The SSC Tuatara is not yet available to customers, but SSC North America is hard at work to deliver its new-generation supercar. The company’s latest YouTube video is titled "Speed" and shows the Tuatara being driven really fast. It seems that the supercar is quite quick from a standstill and the footage taken from the engine compartment reveals an angry and cool-sounding V-8 engine. The video features the hashtag #lifebeginsat300, which confirms that SSC is still planning a record run beyond the 300-mph mark.

The SSC Tuatara is coming in 2020

It took SSC around 10 years to develop the Tuatara, but the supercar is finally coming in 2020. Based on a concept we first saw in 2014, the Tuatara went through a couple of updates until it reached its final production form.

The SSC Tuatara is powered by an incredible V-8

The SSC Tuatara Accelerates So Hard That You'll Lose Your Hair
- image 901828

The engine you can hear in the video packs up an impressive amount of oomph. The twin-turbo, 5.9-liter V-8 was developed by Nelson Racing Engines and generates 1,350 horsepower on 91-octane gasoline.

Feed it with E85 flex fuel and output jumps to an immense 1,750 horsepower.

Its maximum rating will put it well above the competition, as the Koenigsegg Jesko, the Hennessey Venom F5, and the Bugatti Chiron barely hit the 1,600-horsepower mark.

The SSC Tuatara aims to set a new top speed record

The SSC Tuatara Accelerates So Hard That You'll Lose Your Hair
- image 901826

The Tuatara was designed to go beyond 300 mph. When SSC started working on the car, the 300-mph benchmark seemed incredible, but in 2020 we already have a car that went beyond. Bugatti created the Chiron Super Sport 300+, a supercar that hit 304 mph in prototype form. SSC obviously aims to break that record, claiming that the Tuatara will hit at least 300 mph. But SSC isn’t the only carmaker in this battle. Both Koenigsegg and Hennessey are expected to attempt record runs with the Jesko and the Venom F5, respectively.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
About the author

Related Articles

2020 SSC Tuatara

What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: