• The SSC Tuatara Just Proved That Michelin Tires Are Better Than We Thought

SSC used stock Michelin tires for the record run and exceeded 300 mph twice on a single set of rubber

Unless you live under a rock, you’re well aware of the new record set by SSC Tuatara. It became the world’s fastest production car by averaging 316.11 mph over two runs. There are various questions by us enthusiasts regarding the drive, and the answers are slowly coming in. One of the biggest questions was around the wheels and tires. As it turns out, the supercar did the world record run on stock Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s tires!

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s Tires For The Win!

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SSC’s founder, Jerod Shelby, spoke to CarThrottle.com and said that the Tuatara’s record run was done on stock rubber.

The company obviously tested the tires and that gave them the confidence to go ahead with these tires. Shelby said, “Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, the same tires that our customers run on the vehicles. We independently tested those tires, spun them up to speeds that we knew this car could achieve under a load, and we felt we were safe with those tires being used at a higher limit than they’re rated for. We used one set of tires for the entire day of the record attempts. We run nitrogen instead of air, and we run a higher tire pressure.”

The World Record Run In A Nutshell

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The SSC Tuatara was driven by FIA World Endurance Championship driver, Olivier Webb.

He did bi-directional runs, touching 301.07 mph in one and 331.15 mph in the other.

It was done on the same State Route 160 Stretch outside Las Vegas where Koenigsegg set the record with a top speed of 277.87 mph three years back. Bugatti touched 304.77 with the Chiron Super Sport 300+ in its one-way run, but the bi-direction run record was still Koenigsegg’s; until now.

The Tuatara is powered by a 5.8-liter, flat-plane crank V-8 mill that churns out 1,750 horses. When compared to the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, it weighs 2,750 pounds lighter and has 150 horses more. It boasts of a drag coefficient of 0.279. What’s even more surprising is that Webb said the car didn’t run out of steam and it was the crosswinds that prevented from realizing the car’s limits.

Final Thoughts

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The fact that the stock Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s rubber didn’t give up despite the massive heat generated at those speeds speaks volumes about the tires. Will other automakers looking to do speed runs look into these tires next time? You never know! What do you have to say about the tires and the whole speed run in general? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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