SSC Tuatara wrecked in accident - Fastest car no more

The record-breaking SCC Tuatara was destroyed in a transportation accident last month on its way to Florida.

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In recent years, the battle to create the fastest production car in the world has gained momentum. American brand SSC is one of the many brands setting its sites on the title with its Tuatara and, despite its fair share of controversy, currently sits at the top of the pile.

That being said, none of its average runs have broken the 300mph barrier, a feat the manufacturer was hoping to achieve in the coming weeks. In fact, an attempt at furthering its record, currently sitting at 282.9 mph as an average between two runs, was set to go ahead at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in the near future.

Plans had gone so far that the car was being transported in a truck from the brand’s base in Utah to Florida last month. Unfortunately, according to The Drive, the car never made it to its destination, nor did it make its way out of its home state.

Traveling down Interstate 15 just outside of Salt Lake City, a sudden and powerful gust of wind flipped the transport truck carrying the 1,750-horsepower hypercar. The crash led to the car coming out destroyed of its equally wrecked trailer.

The crash has a much greater impact on SSC’s plans as it doesn’t have another example of the Tuatara capable of performing a top speed attempt, Jarod Shelby, the company’s owner told The Drive. Although he did go on to confirm that the majority of the damage was only cosmetic, it will take some time to completely repair chassis 001.

Thankfully, the accident only involved the single truck and just the Tuatara and a motorbike were on-board. Though both occupants of the truck got out of the vehicle and walked away, one was later hospitalised according to Shelby.

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Comments (14)

  • doesn’t have another example of the Tuatara capable of performing a top speed attempt...

    Yet they were going for fastest 'production' car?

    While numbers are obviously low anyway at this price point, Koenigsegg and Bugatti are at least selling multiple examples of their record contenders.

    One unicorn car doesn't make it a 'production' car in my opinion.

      1 month ago
    • Except the last model « Gemera » Koenigsegg sold 147 cars in his all history whereas Bugatti (since 2004) had sell 450 Veyron, 40 Divo, 01 la voiture Noire, 08 Centodiecci and 450/500 Chiron. SSC for the moment doesn’t have sold any model of...

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        1 month ago
    • By that they probably mean either the owners of the other models dont want theirs going on a speedrun, or they just simply haven't been built yet

        1 month ago
  • owch... thats gotta be a big hit for such a small company

      1 month ago
  • And on that terrible note, back to the studio

      1 month ago
  • Like me in a pub - getting wrecked without moving 😂😂

      1 month ago
  • This brand is really unfortunate

      1 month ago