The SSC Tuatara Breaks Past 330mph, Averages 316mph To Become Fastest Hypercar
Never has the bar been set higher for Koenigsegg -- or anyone
Additional photos by James Lipman c/o Road and Track
If the onboard video below is to be believed, SSC may have just done the job: a 300mph hypercar. The Tuatara just broke past 330 MILES PER HOUR and averaged 316mph on a two-run span.
As this is a developing story, I shall update the post with more information in real-time.
Above is the onboard footage of the averaging runs set by driver Oliver Webb in State Route 160 just outside Las Vegas, Nevada (coincidentally the same place Koenigsegg ran their bar-setting Agera RS in). TopGear.com got dibs on the official footage, much like the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport run, showing the Tuatara effortlessly whiz past the 300mph barrier before reaching a speed of 331, at which point the first run was completed.
Screenshot from TopGear on YouTube; footage from SSC
While SSC didn't show tapes of the second run that determined the average, TopGear did confirm that the Tuatara sustained the 331mph limit, netting an average of 316.11mph, thus sealing the record for the fastest hypercar of all.
The heart of your new fastest hypercar. Photo by James Lipman c/o Road and Track
And what a car to break the record with. Coming in at 1,247kg and powered by a 1,750hp 5.9-litre twin-turbo V8, the Tuatara is the most powerful and domineering supercar that Shelby SuperCars has made since the Ultimate Aero.
What's shocking is that the car apparently still has more left. Per Oliver Webb: “There was definitely more in there. And with better conditions, I know we could have gone faster, as I approached 331 mph, the Tuatara climbed almost 20mph within the last five seconds. The car wasn’t running out of steam yet. The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realising the car’s limit.”
Think about it. The Tuatara can hit 331mph yet has room for more with just some more luck of the draw. It's an absurd machine, one that CEO Jerod Shelby is proud of.
“It’s been ten years since we held this record with our first car, the Ultimate Aero, and the Tuatara is leagues ahead. Its performance reflects the dedication and focus with which we pursued this achievement. We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers, which is astonishing to do in a real-world setting on a public road."
And it makes you think of the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, the low-drag model of the Jesko line. Can that -- or the Hennessey Venom F5, for that matter -- sustain 350mph?
For now, nothing can touch it. Photo by James Lipman c/o Road and Track
In any case, the Tuatara is the new king of speed, and we'll have to wait a good while before we see anyone surpass it.