SSC Tuatara Will Reattempt High Speed Run After Controversy


2020 SSC Tuatara

Shutting Up the Naysayers

Recently we reported on the fact that the SSC Tuatara hit 331 mph on a top speed run and a two-way run of 316.1. However, evidence has come out that makes some people speculate as to whether or not the company actually did it.

The video that was shared by the company appears to be edited. According to SSC, the video was altered, but the car still did the times that were recorded. Statements were put out by the SSC CEO and the GPS data-measurement manufacturer Dewetron, which recorded the SSC run claiming the validity of the numbers.

Now, however, according to EVO, SSC has decided that it will just repeat the top speed performance in an effort to remove the stain from SSC’s first record-setting run. 

SSC CEO Jerod Shelby said the following:

“No matter what we do in the coming days to salvage this particular record, it’s always going to have a stain on it,’ adding ‘…we have to re-run the record. We have to do this again and do it in a way that it’s undeniable and irrefutable.”

This time around, SSC will use multiple GPS systems from different companies to ensure that the data is correct and can be scrutinized. 

The car attempting the record will be production-spec and wearing road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and run an E85 blend of fuel. It will be interesting to see the results this time around.