1,750 HP SSC Tuatara Joins The Battle For Speed Supremacy
SSC North America has unveiled the production version of the SSC Tuatara at the 2018 Pebble Beach Coucours d’Elegance. The car was first unveiled as a concept in 2011, show-goers were treated to its final form after years of tweaks and revision. Despite the time that has passed, the production version actually looks almost identical to the concept in its initial release, with a few changes made to improve the appearance and functionality of the front and rear fascia.
Ultimately, the Tuatara aims to win the race for the fastest top speed in a production car – a competition which currently involves the likes of Bugatti, Koenigsegg and Hennessey. In order to achieve this feat, the Tuatara boasts a mid-mounted, 5.9L twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 1,750-horsepower. In addition, the company also claims that thanks to its aerodynamic, ultra-light carbon fibre body, the car has a drag coefficient of 0.279 – the lowest amongst its competitors – and a dry weight of 2,750 lbs.
To top off its arsenal, the car comes with a seven-speed ‘computerized robotic shift system’ transmission. SSC claims that the Tuatara will attain a “top speed that is projected to easily surpass the current world record”, which also hints that we can expect the car to exceed 300 mph.
There are no pricing details at the moment, but that information will be revealed closer to its official release sometime in 2019.