America’s first hypercar company, SSC North America, has reclaimed the prestigious title of world’s “Fastest Production Vehicle,” with its 1,750bhp Tuatara.
Professional racing driver Oliver Webb was behind the hypercar Tuatara’s wheels during the record-breaking drive outside of Las Vegas near Pahrump, Nevada, along a seven-mile stretch of State Route 160.
Webb pushed the SSC Tuatara to an average speed of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h) following two consecutive high-speed test runs of 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h) and 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h). Per record criteria, the Tuatara traveled in opposite directions, clocking its speeds within one hour, to break the world record for “Fastest Production Vehicle.”
Officials were on-site to verify all world record criteria was met – including a review of Dewetron GPS measurements, which tracked the speed runs using an average of 15 satellites — and to confirm the new record.
“It’s been ten years since we held this record with our first car, the Ultimate Aero, and the Tuatara is leagues ahead. Its performance reflects the dedication and focus with which we pursued this achievement. We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers, which is astonishing to do in a real-world setting on a public road. America’s new claim to victory in the ‘land-based space race’ is going to be tough to beat.”Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC
“There was definitely more in there. And with better conditions, I know we could have gone faster. As I approached 331 mph, the Tuatara climbed almost 20 mph within the last five seconds. It was still pulling well. As I told Jerod, the car wasn’t running out of steam yet. The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realizing the car’s limit.”Oliver Webb, Professional Racing Driver
In addition to the “Fastest Production Vehicle” record, the SSC Tuatara broke the world records for
The SSC Tuatara is powered by a twin-turbo 5.9-litre V8 producing a whopping 1726 bhp of max power and has a dry weight of 1,247 kilos. Only 100 units of the car are being manufactured, each costing upwards of $1.6 million.