Another record attempt on the cards for SSC Tuatara – Will this be the one?

After controversy surrounded the car’s previous so-called speed record run, it is set for a rerun just to prove its worth.

1y ago

Sometimes, the motoring industry can be exhausting. Manufacturers are constantly showing off with figures to one-up their rivals though as all cars nowadays are just so good, the margins are ridiculously minute. Therefore, when the SSC Tuatara blew the Bugatti Chiron’s speed record out of the water, there was an immense buzz amongst critics and followers alike.

In fact, on a stretch of closed road in Nevada, SSC managed to set an average speed run of 331.15mph with its Tuatara hypercar proving American horsepower still has relevance against the high-tech European machinery. Having thrashed Bugatti’s standing record of 304mph, Jerod Shelby and his team proudly bragged about the effort.

It is also because of this crazy jump in top speed from one car to another that raised suspicions amongst a few select members of the car community. The main trio that brought doubts of the record to light were Tim Burton better known as Shmee, Mish Charoudin and Robert Mitchell. The gang usually found lapping the Green Hell seemingly spent a week emailing, researching and video-making in order to get their point across.

Finally, the online influencer triplet can get some rest as, no more than three days ago, Jerod Shelby picked up a camera to address the issues. In a personal video statement, Shelby admitted, “the more we looked and the more we tried to analyse, the more we were concerned there were doubts in the relationship between the video and the GPS.” He later goes on to say, “I had dropped the ball.”

The main explanation behind the speed run data looking wrong is that the GPS software hadn’t been calibrated correctly. It turns out, not a single staff member of Deweton GPS, the company that provided the tracking system, was present on the day of the run. The fix then is very simple.

Discretely hiding his excitement, Jerod Shelby says, “we have to rerun the record.” He goes into a lot of detail about plans for an upcoming run though no date is hinted at. This time, the car maker will make sure multiple GPS systems are onboard the car and that each system is being monitored by a team familiar with the hardware.

We all know that the Tuatara hypercar is something special that can surely hit a ridiculous top speed. Forget the rainforest-friendly electric nonsense, it has a 5.9 litre twin turbo V8 capable of putting out an Earth-shattering 1750hp and thanks to its lightweight design, has a power to weight ratio of 1400hp/ton. The only question left to answer then is, just how fast can this monster really go?

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Comments (48)

  • Embarrasing

      1 year ago
  • I bet it can’t do the 331 mph again.

      1 year ago
  • I think it will be faster this time.

      1 year ago
  • Free. Advertising

      1 year ago
  • If SSC does not possess the integrity to do it right the first time with verifiable independent scrutiny, what’s the point of another attempt? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      1 year ago
    • I do see your point. But I think it was a simple case of cutting corners and trying to do things ASAP

        1 year ago
    • That’s probably the lamest excuse any half decent automobile manufacturer can offer. Doesn’t inspire confidence in the product. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        1 year ago