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World Premiere: Take a look at the future fastest production car in the world

How does 312+ miles per hour sound to you?

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The time has come. SSC has come back, and oh boy, have they made a loud comeback. The SSC Tuatara, their latest hypercar, was released to the press officially today, and it's for sure the biggest reveal of 2020.

In 2006, SSC created the once-fastest car in the world, the SSC Ultimate Aero, which was capable of 256 miles per hour, which stole the Veyron's throne. Until the Veryon SS took it back. And now, SSC is ready to take that throne back once again, 10 years in the making.

SSC North America

SSC North America

And when you are given 10 years, you would expect a damn fine car, and SSC delivered big time. While the car hasn't had it's official world record run, SSC is confident that the car will go over a whopping 312 miles per hour, or 500 kilometers. Needless to say, the SSC will yet again hold the fastest car in the world, easily passing the Bugatti Chiron's 304 miles per hour (keep in mind the Chiron doesn't officially hold the record. The Koenigsegg Agera RS1 officially holds the record at 277 miles per hour). However, the Tuatara doesn't only deliver on top speed. The car produces epic downforce numbers. It has an engine from a madman, and it has the capability of nothing else on sale today.

So what is this car capable of?

SSC North America

SSC North America

The SSC Tuatara is capable of more than just top speed, that's obvious. But it's truly remarkable how the SSC Tuatara gets to that top speed: it used racing technology from the Group C 1959 Le Mans racecars. By that, I mean the car is built to have air going through it, not just over it. But doing that, SSC is able to easily manipulate where the air goes, and therefore improve the overall slipperiness of the Tuatara. And speaking of downforce, the Tuatara isn't missing any. On high downforce mode, the car is limited at 180 miles per hour, and it creates 450-500 pounds of downforce. It is in this mode where the car has the best handling. However, in top speed mode, the car produces a shocking low drag coefficient, allowing it to produce 900 pounds of downforce, which is what's keeping the car on the road.

This car has a dry weight of 2,750 pounds, which is astonishingly light. However, with all the fluids and the driver, the car weighs closer to 3,100 pounds which for what it contains, it pretty light. It does this, in part by, a carbon fiber monocle, all carbon fiber body. The Tuatara's engine contains SSC's own engine (with help from Tom Nelson Racing), a 5.9 liter flat eight with twin turbos, which produces 1,750 horsepower, all going to the rear wheels. Let that sink in for a second. Yet again, lightweight and ridiculous horsepower always produce crazy 0-60 times, and of course, the SSC is no exception: 0-60 takes 2.5 seconds. All of this is done with a semi-automatic flappy-paddle gearbox.

Records

SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara

SSC built a car that eats records for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it's getting really hungry. So with a company that is hungry for records, they obviously won't "just" go for the top speed record; they want to go all out. Meaning, they will go for the top speed run, the 0-250 run, the 0-200 run, and the 0-200-0 run. And in all honesty, probably more. You can expect the top speed run to come fairly soon, at the latest in Spring (most likely). It's also pretty much confirmed it'll be held on the Nevada Highway, the same place where the Koenigsegg Agera RS set its record.

There's a downforce version of the Tuatara

SSC North America

SSC North America

Yes, that's correct. There will be two "types" of Tuatara, the top speed version or the downforce version. And while we otherwise don't know too much information on this quite yet, we do know that the downforce version will produce 1,000 pounds of downforce at 160 miles per hour, which is a big improvement over the top speed model, which produces, at best, 900 pounds of downforce. However, the downforce version will have a lessened top speed.

Conclusion

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SSC North America

Also, you can get a SSC Tuatara right now AS WE SPEAK for a meager 1.625 million dollars, at the minimum. It 1.625 is too "meager" for you, you can easily option one up to your exact desires to around 2 million dollars. However, your car will be numbered, as SSC will only produce 100 Tuataras. Given that most of SSC's customers have around 15 cars, I don't think the price is all that big of an issue for them.

Everything about this car is bonkers: the price, the horsepower, the top speed, the sheer brutal-ness of the thing. It's simply unrivaled, and there's no other place to put it. If you want the best of the best, look no further.

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Comments (45)

  • We need to make sure that any time we mention the Bugatti Chiron SS and its 304 mph, we mention that its 1. Not official and 2. The car still hasn't been produced. There always needs to be an asterisk next to that feat because it's not official and not legitimate.

      4 months ago
  • Iโ€™ll believe when I can see. Until then Koenigsegg RULES.

      4 months ago
  • Why is it sporting a carbon fibre monocle?

    Can't it see where it's going???

      4 months ago
  • Its a cool new supercar that isnt electric, thumbs up from me.

      4 months ago
  • I donโ€™t understand how SSC is funding the development to compete with Bugatti et al. Iโ€™ve never seen one sold to a customer

      4 months ago
    • I didnโ€™t include this in the article, but with my interview with the head of design (where all of the above info comes from), he guaranteed at least 2 have been bought, and SSC has a few under production currently. He did mention that SSC is on a...

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        4 months ago
    • Solid point. The Bugatti Chiron (base model) is around $3 million. For some reason, I remember Jezza saying in a TG episode that every Veyron was sold at a loss. Being bankrolled by Volkswagen has it's privileges. But for SSC (a privately...

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        4 months ago
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