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A Bugatti Veyron Drag Races A SSC Tuatara

Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of those drag race videos that no matter who makes it, you watch it.

This is hypercar vs hypercar. This is the best and brightest of German engineering, against the best and brightest of American engineering.

This, simply, is epic.

Those that know YouTube car culture know that TheStradman is one of the luckiest guys on the planet. He starting making videos at the right time, with the right team, to make it one of the most-watched car channels out there.

It also means that he was able to afford a gently used Bugatti 16/4 Veyron. We’re talking about the original hypercar, the car that defined a whole new generation of power and performance. 1,001 BHP, 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 motor, all-wheel-drive.

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
The Bugatti 16/4 Veyron

Up against it is the very first production SSC Tuatara. Production chassis #1. The one that was shown at the Philidelphia Auto Show earlier this year. And driving it against TheStradman is Jarod Shelby, the founder and CEO of SSC.

And on paper, it has the Bugatti dead to rights. Developed by Nelson Race Engines, a 5.9 liter twin-turbo V8 with a flat-plane crank produces anywhere from 1,350 BHP with 91 octane, up to 1,750 BHP on E85. Guess which fuel they used for the drag race?

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
The SSC Tuatara

And to make it fair for the Bugatti, they do the race from a rolling start, so that the AWS system in the Veyron doesn’t have strain as much off a dead stop.

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
A fair, rolling start…

Still, the instant the flag drops, even with the Bugatti pushing on all four wheels as hard as it can, the Tuatara is gone.

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
… the Tuatara starts to hook up its traction…

We’re not talking a measure of car lengths here. It’s a matter of just under a second. At over 220 MPH.

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
… and then it pulls a lead…

The Tuatara literally squats down over its rear wheels and is gone.

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
… and it’s bye bye Veyron!

As Jeremy Clarkson of The Grand Tour once said about a Rimac C_One in a drag race where is driving a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, “That thing just f***s off!

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
In the video, it sounds like a low flying fighter jet roaring by at the finish line

And, as pointed out by TheStradman, this is the first time the Tuatara has “officially” raced anything.

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
So far behind that the Tuatara is already braking and slowing down as the Veyron breaks the beam

Afterwards, Jarod takes Stradman for a quick ride in the Tuatara.

Quick, in this terminology, means that with power to spare, he pulls out of it at 240 MPH where the speedo is still climbing like a rocket for space.

Bugatti Veyron vs SSC Tuatara
Take a moment to ponder this picture. That’s 239 MPH. In fifth gear. Out of seven. We’ll give you a moment to scoop your jaws off the floor.

Ladies and gentlemen, we may have found the single fastest gas-powered hypercar in the world.