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The SSC Tuatara Isn't 330-MPH Fast, But It Did Set a New Official Record

The SSC Tuatara Isn’t 330-MPH Fast, But It Did Set a New Official Record

Here’s to hoping that there’s no controversy with this run

The SSC Tuatara’s claim as the fastest production car in the world appears to finally have some legitimacy to it after the American hypercar clocked a record-setting, two-way average speed of 282.6 mph at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds that’s located on the premises of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The new attempt at the top speed record comes a few months after SSC came under heavy scrutiny for claiming that the Tuatara had reached a top speed of 331.1 mph. Inconsistencies with the videos that SSC released to the media led to people questioning the validity of SSC’s claims, to which the automaker responded by saying that it would attempt another record run. Well, that record run has happened, and unless SSC makes another monumental snafu in verifying the validity of this new record run, it does appear that the Tuatara hypercar is now the fastest production car in the world.

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SSC Says It Will Re-Run Its Record Attempt with The Tuatara Amid Controversy

SSC Says It Will Re-Run Its Record Attempt with The Tuatara Amid Controversy

SSC North America’s Tuatara will have to do it all over again following backlash over inconclusive footage showing the record run

The dust has barely settled on Nevada’s Route 160 where SSC’s latest hypercar, the Tuatara, reportedly broke the world speed record for a production car after reaching 331 mph on October 10th and the American automaker is set to return to the highway or a different stretch of road to do it all over again. As doubts mounted over the credibility of SSC’s claims, CEO and Founder Jerod Shelby himself vowed to give it another go in a bid to clear his and the company’s name following the "stained" record attempt.

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Forget The Drama - SSC Should Just Run the Tuatara Speed Record Again

Forget The Drama - SSC Should Just Run the Tuatara Speed Record Again

Is SSC lying about the Tuatara’s 316-mph speed record?

SSC made headlines earlier this month when it announced that it had set a new world record for production cars with the Tuatara. The American company revealed that its latest supercar hit an average top speed of 316 mph during a two-way run on a closed road in Nevada, taking the official record from Koenigsegg and also breaking the unofficial record of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, the first production car to surpass the 300-mph mark.

But famed YouTubers Shmee150 and Misha Charoudin are questioning SSC’s record-setting run and video, suggesting that the speeds shown in the onboard footage aren’t real. The company issued a follow-up statement, but it did not address the errors discovered in its videos. Should SSC run a new record-setting attempt?

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

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!

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Video: SSC Tuatara Hits 331 MPH; Is Now The World's Fastest Production Car

Video: SSC Tuatara Hits 331 MPH; Is Now The World’s Fastest Production Car

SSC has blown Bugatti out of the water, again

We’ve been waiting on SSC (Shelby Supercars) for over seven years as the American manufacturer kept upping the hype on its upcoming Tuatara hypercar that was meant to pick up where the SSC Ultimate Aero left off as the fastest car in the world. With 304 mph the target set by Bugatti, SSC hit the Nevada desert and more than made up for the wait by exceeding 330 mph in what was considered as tough conditions.

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The SSC Tuatara May Have Set a New World Top Speed Record

The SSC Tuatara May Have Set a New World Top Speed Record

Is the SSC Tuatara faster than the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+?

After nine years of development, the SSC Tuatara finally went into production in 2020, with the first customer car showcased in February. Ever since it started working on the Tuatara, SSC said it will attempt a Guinness Book top speed record for production cars. And it seems it might have already happened.

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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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SSC Ultimate Aero becomes fastest production car in the world, again

SSC Ultimate Aero becomes fastest production car in the world, again

A few days ago, the Guinness Book of World Records stripped the Veyron Super Sport of its "fastest production car" record due a violation of the official rules. Apparently, the Veyron used to set the speed record had its speed limiter disable, thereby negating the “production car” part of the record. Now, with the Veyron officially losing its crown, the SSC Ultimate Aero re-claimed the title.

According to SSC this is not how it wanted to get the title back to them, but it is good enough until the SSC Tuatara will be ready to show what it can do.

SSC Ultimate Aero set its record back in 2007 on a public highway in Washington when it was able to hit an impressive top speed of 256.14 mph (412.22 km/h). The Ultimate Aero kept the title of the fastest production car until 2010 when a Veyron Super Sport was able to hit a top speed of 267.8 mph (430.98 km/h).

Hit the jump for the press release and more on the SSC Ultimate Aero.

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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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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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Aero Ev, Worlds Fastest Electric Car

Aero Ev, Worlds Fastest Electric Car

Shelby Supercars is promising to next year unveil a SSC Aero Ev, a fully electric version of their Aero model. Powered by a 500 horsepower electric motor, the Ultimate Aero EV will have true supercar performance. Additionally, SSC is exploring the potential of a twin 500 horsepower electric power plant producing 1,000 horsepower in a 2 or 4 wheel drive configuration. This car should break all electric car speed records.
In Shelby’s press release they stated, "The drive train under development will feature a revolutionary power source allowing for extended time between charging intervals with the possibility of several years between charging." Years? Really? They have left many people scratching there heads with that statement.

"I think we can do it faster, leaner and cleaner than any other manufacturer," says SSC boss Jerod Shelby, clearly not a man given to understatement. Whatever Shelby have planed, they know it is going to be big. While these cars are not going to be in everyones garage it might make enough of a splash to make engineers start looking at batteries rather than cylinders.

Shelby Supercars are set to unveil the first prototype in February 2009, with production cars appearing at the end of next year.

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SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo at 255 mph

SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo at 255 mph

Shelby Supercars (SSC), manufacturer of the ultra high-performance Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo, set the new "World’s Fastest Production Car" record with an average top speed of 255.83 mph. And they got it all on video! That car is fast!

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SSC Ultimate Aero sets new world speed record

SSC Ultimate Aero sets new world speed record

Is time to say Bye Bye! Veyron, as now the SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo supercar is officially the "World’s Fastest Production Car".

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SSC Ultimate Aero TT another speed record atempt at the end of August

SSC Ultimate Aero TT another speed record atempt at the end of August

Shelby SuperCars, manufacturer of the world’s most powerful production car, the Ultimate Aero TT, announced that speed testing for the title "World’s Fastest Production Car" will be finalized by the end of August. Speed testing is being conducted in the company’s home state of Washington and is being validated by Guinness World Records.
There is a standard procedure outlined by Guinness World Records to validate a land speed record. The vehicle must drive the predetermined course, (...)

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SSC Ultimate Aero TT hits 242 mph

SSC Ultimate Aero TT hits 242 mph

Earlier this year, SSC Autos announced their intention of breaking the world speed record. And the latest result are showing that this is about to happen.
SSC lately tested the Ultimate Aero TT on May 22nd, when the car reached a top speed of 241.4 mph. The testing needed to be ended due to an unanticipated snowstorm. But the results of the tests make the company confident in the Ultimate Aero TT’s capability to break the world production speed record.
At 230 mph, the Ultimate Aero TT (...)

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SSC atempts to break the production car speed record

SSC atempts to break the production car speed record

SSC, manufacturer of exclusive super cars, announced today that testing to set the world production speed record will commence on March 21st, 2007. In conjunction with MKM Racing, SSC has closed down a 12-mile stretch of Highway 93 in Elko County, Nevada to attempt to break the 253 mph record currently held by the Bugatti Veyron. MKM Racing has been hired to oversee safety and provide laser traps to verify speeds to an accuracy of .01 mph.
Led by founder/lead designer Jerod Shelby, the SSC (...)

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