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.
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.
Exclusive video. This badly damaged, $2 million hypercar missed its chance to make a 300 mph record run, after the truck it was being transported in was blown over…
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.