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The SSC Tuatara Will Have A Baby Brother

The SSC Tuatara Will Have A Baby Brother

SSC wants to design a less powerful, more affordable Tuatara

Having set a new world speed record for production cars at 316.1 mph in October 2020, the SSC Tuatara is the supercar of the moment. It took SSC almost nine years to turn the concept car into a production model, but we can finally see why. Not only the fastest car on the planet, but the Tuatara is also among the most powerful thanks to a race-spec V-8 engine that cranks out 1,750 horsepower on E85 fuel. The issue with the Tuatara is that it’s extremely exclusive and expensive, but SSC wants to fix that with a "baby Tuatara."

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

The SSC Tuatara Accelerates So Hard That You’ll Lose Your Hair

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.

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Can the SSC Tuatara Reach 300 MPH?

Can the SSC Tuatara Reach 300 MPH?

The battle for top speed supremacy rages on

Between 2006 and 2013, SSC North America (formerly known as Shelby SuperCars) held the title of fastest production car in the world thanks to its 256-mph Ultimate Aero rear-/mid-engine coupe. SSC was eventually dethroned by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, but now, the U.S.-based boutique automaker is stepping back in the ring with the Tuatara. The question is - does it have what it takes to best the current crop of outrageous top speed-makers?

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The SSC Tuatara's Twin-Turbo V-8 Is a Work of Art

The SSC Tuatara’s Twin-Turbo V-8 Is a Work of Art

Could this be the beating heart of a new top speed record?

Folks like you and me - we’re a little different. Our concept of beauty usually involves perfect welds, elegant intake runners, and elegantly mounted turbine housings, as evidenced by the drool we produce when gazing at the SSC Tuatara’s new twin-turbo V-8. It’s a very pretty thing to look at, that’s for sure, but the real question is this - will it have the right stuff to put SSC back on the top speed throne?

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SSC Charges Back Into The Limelight With New Teaser For Tuatara Supercar

SSC Charges Back Into The Limelight With New Teaser For Tuatara Supercar

Will it have what it takes to run in a segment bolstered by some seriously fast competition?

U.S.-based supercar producer SSC has been quiet for several years now, but just broke the silence with a new teaser image of its forthcoming model. Dubbed the Tuatara, the fresh offering looks to take on the best of the best for ultimate top speed production glory.

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SSC Plans to Open New Factory to Develop Tuatara

SSC Plans to Open New Factory to Develop Tuatara

SSC North America has been teasing us with the Tuatara supercar since 2011. The highly anticipated vehicle could finally become a reality next year, as the Washington-based manufacturer is laying ground for a state-of -the-art production facility in West Richland, WA.

The company’s plan to move its operations in a new facility isn’t new, but the project has been lagging for a about a year due to financial difficulties. Fortunately, SSC North America has managed to find the necessary funding for the $6-million project and construction of the facility is set to start in August 2014, Tri-City Herald reports.

SSC’s new headquarters will be located on a 40-acre land near Belmont Boulevard and Keene Road. The facility will include everything: an assembly line, a showroom to offices, and even a museum area. The factory should open in the first quarter of 2015. "This is a lifelong dream for me. We will get there and the project will be very successful," said company founder Jerod Shelby.

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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?

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SSC Ultimate Aero teaser released

SSC Ultimate Aero teaser released

A while ago Shelby Supercars announced their plans to develop a new supercar that would be even faster than the recently launched Bugatti Veyron SuperSports. They still haven’t provided many details on the forthcoming SSC Aero, but they did say the car would debut in September and they offered up the very first teaser image. Okay, so it’s not much of a teaser image, but at least we got a little something.

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. So, we expect the new supercar to deliver somewhere between 1,300 and 1,400 HP.

"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."

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Second generation Ultimate Aero to be unveiled on August 8th

Second generation Ultimate Aero to be unveiled on August 8th

Shelby SuperCars have announced they will unveil the second generation Ultimate Aero at the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington on Sunday August 8, 2010 from 5:30 – 10 pm. The evening will begin with a private tour of the museum and will include an intimate dinner event featuring a discussion with SSC owner and founder Jerod Shelby and ex-Pinninfarina designer Jason Castriota (lead designer on historic automobiles such as the Maserati Birdcage, Gran Turismo, and Ferrari 599). Th evening will culminate with the first ever showing of the second generation Ultimate Aero full-scale design model.

This falls right into place with the other announcements made by SSC recently. They have already announced that they will unveil a supercar that will compete with the new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. 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.

Tickets for the event are $80 each and selling as we type!

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