Why Breaking The Worlds Fastest Record Is A Big Deal
As the SSC TUATARA recently broke the speed record with a 316mph top speed, we look at why the speed competition is so significant to manufactures...
Yesterday the news came out that a new hypercar has currently broke the world’s fastest production car record, with an official top speed of 316.11mph. The SSC Tuatara had recently broke this certain record. There has been many pervious record breakers, such as their rivals Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg previous streak was a top speed of 277.9mph in the year of 2017, using their hypercar the Koenigsegg Agera RS. About a year ago in 2019, Bugatti was able take that record away from Koenisegg and the French company managed to break the anticipated 300mph barrier with the upgraded Chiron, turned into the Chiron Super sport 300+. Breaking it with a whopping top speed of 304.774mph. Are they road legal? Yes, but the Chiron Super Sport is sadly not in production yet, which means their rivals were motivated to come out with something even better. Koenigsegg has recently said their new hyper car, the Jesko could beat the Chiron's world record top speed. Unfortunately, I think its too late, now that the SSC has popped up in the game, we cannot help but wonder what is going to happen next...
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
The 5.9L V8 1,750bhp SSC recently took the car world and the world by surprise with a title of the world's fastest car in October of 2020. In Nevada, America the American car reached a crazy top speed of 316.11mph. To clear up confusion, it had a run of 331.5mph in one direction and a 304.77mph run in the opposite direction, which was averaged out to a top speed of 316.11mph. It also looked like it was a piece of cake for the American hypercar, with a clear view that the car was stable the whole time while going at those spectacular speeds. The car has reached some speculations recently, people are wondering how it just came out of nowhere and broke the top speed record. But, it actually didn't come out of nowhere, SSC have been here for a while.
The worlds fastest car record has been here for quite a while as well, it has evolved from the begging of 1898. It was the worlds first "fastest" production car. The car that has claimed that first record was the Benz Patent Motorwagen with a top speed of 12mph. Following with Jaguar in 1949 with their sensational Jaguar Xk120, and the rest was history. Manufactures and company have been competing ever since, to break these records, that are very necessary to them. As you can see, the worlds fastest car records has evolved from 12mph to an insane 316mph. Proving the point, that cars had evolved in a massive way throughout the centuries.
Recently, the Koenigsegg Jesko has also decided to show up to break some speed records. The 5.0L Twin Turbocharged V8 has also shook up the car community, with the founder Christian Von Koenigsegg very enthusiastic about this new release. Koenigsegg have had a very successful and experienced career with this certain field. With their cars mostly at the top of the list for the fastest cars ever. Taking that title back in 2017 with the Agera RS. The SSC and the Koenigsegg are not electric hypercars, which makes car enthusiast's happy that the fastest cars in the world are not fully run on computers. Also equipped with a V8 the Jesko has a nine-speed gearbox with seven clutches. Additionally, the SSC also has a twin-turbo V-8 that produces 1,350 horsepower on pump gas and 1,750 hp on E85.
Although the Jesko Absolut is claimed by the manufacturer to have a top speed of 483 km/h (300 mph) claiming this speed while equipped with the right conditions. Which, if correct is still slower than the SSC Tuatara, and that hands the worlds fastest record to the SSC Tuatara. Or shall I say taking the record from the modified supercar that clocked a top speed of 304.77mph last year.
The Chiron Super Sport was able to break the record with having the right tires, tires were the main focus. It was important to have the right amount of grip and the right set of custom tires, so the car would be stable and stuck to the ground without it flying up. The grip isn't the main factor though, these tires have to be put on so much pressure and power, and they were not just normal old tires. The tires have to be able to withstand the heat, the speed and the weight of the car at such a fast movement. That's why there are specific production tires for these specific cars, these cars would not have been able to hit such a huge speed with regular tires. That is the important factor, the tires would disintegrate and create many flat sports before 220mph, those tires were made especially for that event, to break records. Also a W16 Bugatti engine could help.
The question is why is the top speed record so important to manufactures? Well, it has been around since the 19th century. Yes the record has been around since then, but were not talking about that, were talking about Competition. Competition has been around since the beginning of time, it unites all men and woman, and supercars are mostly built around performance and speed. If Ferrari comes out with a fast and beautiful supercar then Lamborghini would want to make an even BETTER one. That's what makes it so interesting, the back and forth fighting and fighting, it drives the manufactures to keep doing better and better each time. And at the same time they learn and bring new ideas and innovations to the car world. Its interesting to witness and to see, that what brings all of use, mechanics, car enthusiasts, manufactures, worker, designer's etc. together, it is the drive to be better and better. These records might seem like it divides us, but really it unites us together with the one passion we have, that passion is called, Cars.
How do they do it? No one really knows, it is beyond flabbergasting for a car to ever achieve this certain speed and record. The knowledge, the technology the innovation, it is so ahead of its time. The speed is not the key, it how we achieve that speed. Yes, these records are very important, but it is the destination and the journey that leads to achieve these certain records. It is what we have learned from this specific event, and how the knowledge will also be applied for future innovation and experience. It is insane, and SSC deserves the recognition, because this stuff is not effortless.