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2020 SSC Tuatara

2020 SSC Tuatara

After more than a decade of development, the Tuatara finally goes into production

The 2020 SSC Tuatara is the production version of a supercar that SSC North American has been developing since the late 2000s. Previewed by a concept car in 2011 and a pre-production model in 2018, the 2020 Tuatara is finally ready to go into production in 2020.

Aimed at supercars like the Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Jesko, and the Hennessey Venom F5, the 2020 Tuatara features a V-8 engine that generates up to 1,750 horsepower and promises to hit a top speed in excess of 300 mph. The supercar costs more than $2 million and is limited to only 100 units. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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SSC Just Went Crazy With the Tuatara Striker and Tuatara Aggressor

SSC Just Went Crazy With the Tuatara Striker and Tuatara Aggressor

The Aggressor delivers an outrageously legitimate 2,200 horsepower!

SSC Tuatara was in the news for being the world’s fastest production car. We’ll not get into the drama that unfolded regarding the record-setting run since the company has some other news for us. SSC has unveiled two iterations of the 1,750-horsepower Tuatara called the Striker and Aggressor. What’s special about them, you ask? More power in one and higher power-handling capabilities, especially downforce, in the other. Crazy, right?

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2019 SSC Tuatara

2019 SSC Tuatara

Aims to set a new world speed record for production cars!

Originally unveiled in 2011 as a concept car, the SSC Tuatara has finally evolved into a production car. It was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2018, and it promises to be faster and more powerful than its predecessor, the Ultimate Aero.

Established in 1999, SSC North America, formerly known as Shelby SuperCars Inc., took the supercar market by surprise when it established a new world speed record for production cars with the Ultimate Aero in 2007. Driven to a top speed of 256.18 mph, the Aero surpassed the Bugatti Veyron’s 253.7-mph benchmark. The French firm regained its record three years later with Super Sport, which hit a certified top speed of 267.81 mph.

Eight years have passed since then, and the speed record is now being held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS at 277.9 mph, but SSC promises to move the benchmark into 300-mph territory with the Tuatara. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the SSC Tuatara.

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2014 SSC Tuatara

2014 SSC Tuatara

The upcoming SSC Tuatara is the hotly anticipated sophomore album from the Washington-based SSC North America team. SSC has built a name for itself via impressive top-speed-record runs with its existing model, the Diablo-esque SSC Ultimate Aero XT.

The Tuatara’s development continued this spring with engine and gearbox setups being refined since the concept car was revealed in late 2011. The new model builds a stunning exterior and interior atop the brute-force mechanical package from the Ultimate Aero XT. The latest news to emerge from the firm is a 250 pound-feet bump in engine torque following durability testing, and news of a 300 mph speedometer, feeding rumors of a top speed well above the 276 mph initially quoted.

The style and presence of the white concept Tuatara created quite a stir when shown at Pebble Beach in 2011. Designed by the talented-but-bizarre Jason Castriota of SAAB and Fiat fame, the Tuatara most closely resembles the 2006 Maserati Birdcage 75th concept car in its smooth flowing panels and deep, milky-white paint finish. Castriota also worked on the Birdcage, but was not the lead designer. He now runs an independent design consultancy called Castriota Design.

UPDATE 5/1/2013: SSC just completed testing the Tuatara on the dyno and released all of the results. A release date has been officially set too. See more after the jump

Please follow the jump to learn more about the SSC Tuatara ahead of its first customer deliveries in January 2014.

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Supercar Frankenstein: Piecing Together the Ultimate Supercar

Supercar Frankenstein: Piecing Together the Ultimate Supercar

Every car nut has daydreamed about building a car. Hell, we do on a daily basis, and building one in real life would cost more money than we could ever imagine having in our checking accounts. Let’s suspend reality for a tick here and imagine that someone handed you a blank check and asked for you to build the ultimate supercar.

Well, we are going to go over all of the supercars and lay out what pieces from which cars would come together to create the ultimate supercar Frankenstein. Now, there are some rules here. We have to make sure things are feasible. Things like slapping a W-16 Veyron engine into a Lotus Elise will not work, therefore it flat out can’t be done.

We’ll review our favorites in each of the three major categories — body and chassis, engine, and transmission — and end it all up by giving you our estimated specifications for our new vehicle.

Click past the jump to experience our build.

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SSC Tuatara vs. Bugatti Veyron: An Automotive David vs. Goliath

SSC Tuatara vs. Bugatti Veyron: An Automotive David vs. Goliath

When we decided to pit the two top supercars against one another, the list had to include the Bugatti Veyron, the Goliath of the supercar world. Its competitor, on the other hand, wasn’t nearly as clear cut, as there are numerous cars that you can match up against the Veyron and get a good fight.

The first one that we looked at was the Hennessey Venom GT and its 1,244-horsepower V-8. In all honesty, the Hennessey just feels more like a kit car to us, thanks to its Lotus Elise base. Granted, that’s one bad-ass, Bugatti killing kit car, but it still just didn’t feel right to us.

After spanning the globe trying to find a good competitor, we ended up right back in the U.S. with the all-new SSC Tuatara. This limited production supercar definitely has the power to handle the likes of the Veyron on paper, but we really need to dig in deep to see what really happens when we put them up against each other.

To find out who wins you’ll have to click past the jump.

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2013 SSC Ultimate Aero XT

2013 SSC Ultimate Aero XT

The company formerly known as Shelby Super Cars, now known as SSC, has already released the replacement for its extreme supercar, the Ultimate Aero. This replacement car is dubbed the Tuatara. You didn’t think that SSC would let its one-multiple-world-record-holding supercar just ride away into the sunset, did you?

If you did, you’re mistaken, as SSC has just announced a special edition model of the Ultimate Aero, dubbed the Ultimate Aero XT, which boasts a power plant never before seen in an Ultimate Aero and styling to match the might behind the seats.

This model will literally be a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it model, as there will only be a small number of examples built. From a quick glance, it looks like this special edition SSC will give the Ultimate Aero a proper send off into retirement, but is this new XT worth all of the hype?

You’ll have to click past the jump past the jump to see what we think of it.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Supercar of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Supercar of the Year

Going through all of the glorious supercars of 2011 was no easy task, especially since it felt like every random country of the world was developing their own supercar. Each vehicle we came across deserved to have their time to shine on the list for best supercar of 2011, but as time went on, it was clear which ones stood out above all of the rest.

A couple of the supercars on the list shouldn’t surprise anyone, especially since they were created by one of the top supercar makers in the world. Then there are the relative newbies to the group that have received enough recognition to warrant praise from the average car enthusiast, but the final vehicle would probably not be recognized by many and its home country may actually cause ridicule to ensue. The end result, however, was enough to give it a spot on our list.

Hit the jump to check out which of the supercar bad boys made it to the top of our list for Supercar of the Year.

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TopSpeed's 10 Fastest Production Cars

TopSpeed’s 10 Fastest Production Cars

The holy grail of speed has always been the production car speed record. Car companies shoot for this record - if they can - in hopes that they can put their names in the history books. Some of them have succeeded and some have failed, but either way, these machines are fantastic.

Most of the cars on the list are very expensive and only built in limited numbers. You would be hard pressed to find any one of the top ten machines on normal streets. Hell, you would be hard pressed to find these cars on local tracks.

In order to get on the list, the car must be street legal, so no Formula One cars or land speed machines. The laws for getting on the list are also very tough, as there are no set rules. Nonetheless, the current fastest production car hit a speed of 267 miles per hour. Can you guess which car that was?

Hit the jump to find out.

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Shelby SuperCars working on a new supercar?

Shelby SuperCars working on a new supercar?

Now that Bugatti has broken the world speed record with the new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, it’s the SSC’s turn to make a move. In a recent statement, the company announced that a new, faster Aero is in the works and that it will be faster than the new Veyron.

"We’ve been working on a new project to debut before the end of the summer. Not much can be said at this time except that we’ll be upping the ante on all fronts. Having famed American designer Jason Castriota as our lead design enables SSC to reflect its engineer and performance in its aesthetics. It’s impossible for us to be more thrilled about having him on board and we’re anxious to show the world what we have up our sleeve."

The current SSC Ultimate Aero is powered by a mid-engined, twin-turbo 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 1183 HP and is capable of hitting a top speed of 256 mph. However, in order to run faster than the current 267 mph record, the next Aero will need to be more powerful and lighter.

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SSC Ultimate Aero for sale on eBay

SSC Ultimate Aero for sale on eBay

Whenever we refer to the car that holds the world record for top speed, this is the one. Not the car model, but the actual current record holding car is up for sale on eBay.

This 2007 Shelby Super Coupe Ultimate Aero made a 257 mph pass on a remote road in Washington (the full run averaged to 255.83 mph), and went into the record books. While the 2007 car’s 1180 hp twin turbo V8 is impressive, SSC has upped the power for 2009 to 1287 hp.

The auction is currently up to over half a million dollars, and the reserve is still not yet met. Then again, the winner not only get a car that’s faster than a Bugatti Veyron, but also gets a certificate from Guinness World Records as well as a nifty commemorative watch too.

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2009 SSC Ultimate Aero

2009 SSC Ultimate Aero

Shelby Super Cars (SSC) produces the world’s fastest road-going car, the 255 mph Ultimate Aero, but SSC isn’t going to cool its record-stetting heels. For 2009 SSC has decided to upgrade the the ultra-rare supercar’s twin-turbo V8 from 1183 hp to 1287. This kind of power also has SSC setting the bar for a new world record: 270 mph.

Besides the impressive output, the Ultimate Aero also gets a redesigned frontal area with enhanced aerodynamics, as well as carbon fiber louvers on the side intakes draw in 20 percent more air into the radiators. SSC is also introducing a system called AeroBrake, which will alter the angle of the rear spoiler during hard braking (similar the system is used on theMercedes SLR).

Although 2009 pricing has not been announced, the 2008 model is priced around $650,000. So if the cost doesn’t change too much, that’s a paltry sum to be the fastest person on your block — no matter where you live.

Press release after the jump.

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2007 SSC Ultimate Aero TT

2007 SSC Ultimate Aero TT

SSC, manufacturer of exclusive exotic super cars announced the release of the 2007 Ultimate Aero TT (Twin Turbo). Specifically designed to challenge and break the world spead record for a production car - currently 253 mph set by Bugatti Veyron - the Ultimate Aero TT underwent extensive full-scalle wind tunnel testing and has proven to not only be stable at speeds over 250 mph , but capable up to 273 mph.

Using SSC’s proprietary twin-turbo design, the Ultimate Aero TT’s power plant has surpassed its original design specifications in all areas producing 1180hp@6875 rpm and 961 lbs-ft of torque at 6150 rpm with a motor that has a wonderful idle, incredible daily drivability characteristics, runs on 91-octane pump gas, and easily handles the rigors of long term red-line rpm usage.

Further establishing its replace among the elite super cars of the world, the Ultimate Aero TT produces more emission-legal horse power than any other production automobile in the world, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the dedicated Ultimate Aero design team.

The Ultimate Aero TT will make its debut on the International Show Circuit starting in November 2006, culminating with the world record top-speed competition held in Wolfsburg Germany in May 2007.

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