SSC Tuatara dethrones Bugatti as hypercar hero at 500kmh land speed barrier

Remember how Bugatti has been the fastest car for almost an entire lifetime? Well, you can let it go now because there’s a new fastest production car and it’s probably a name you’ve never heard before. The Shelby SuperCars (SSC) Tuatara clocked an average speed of 508.73km/h.

On Tuesday, South African speed freaks and petrol heads awoke to the heady news that the SSC Tuatara has set a new record to become the world’s fastest production car on a 11km stretch of State Route 160 in Nevada, in the United States (US).

The hypercar blasted its way into the record books with racing driver Oliver Webb behind the wheel. In onboard footage the British driver reaches 532.821km/h. The attempt was done on 11 October on an 11-kilometre stretch of closed road outside Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States. The requirements for the record to stand was for Green to complete two runs in both directions and both to be completed in the same hour. Green reached 484.53km/h in the one run and 532.821km/h for an average of 508.73km/h.

The SSC Tuatara is powered by a twin-turbo 5.9-litre V8 engine with 1305kW when fuelled with E85, an ethanol blend. It produces 1007kw on normal petrol and it weighs just 1247 kilograms thanks its body and monocoque structure produced entirely from carbon fibre.

“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,” said Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC, to Top Gear.

“We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers, which is astonishing to do in a real world setting on a public road.”

The SSC’s feat demotes the Koenigsegg Agera RS to the second quickest production car in the world. The Swedish hypercar reached an average of 447.1km/h at the same location three years ago.

 

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