Shelby SuperCars Plots A Comeback With Evolved Tuatara Hypercar

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about SCC, but it looks to be plotting a comeback.

Short for Shelby SuperCars, the Richland, Washington-based company brought us the SSC Aero, a crude but supremely fast supercar that, in Ultimate spec, held the record for the fastest production car in the world for several years, until Bugatti beat it with the Veyron Super Sport.

In 2011, SSC previewed its plans for the future in the form of the Tuatara. Penned by former Pininfarina/Bertone designer Jason Castriota, the SSC Tuatara wrapped dramatic, cutting-edge styling around a 6.9-liter twin-turbo V8 said to be good for 1,350 horsepower.

Unfortunately, the hypercar never entered production, but a short while ago the company updated its long-dormant website and social media feeds with this teaser image. Obscured as it is, the image ostensibly makes the tacit promise that the Tuatara will, in the end, make it to the street, albeit probably in some evolved form.

We’ll have to wait to find out more, but the promise of a new American hypercar to challenge the Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Agera RS and Hennessey’s forthcoming Venom F5 is enough to get our saliva glands going.

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  • Kannag Don Amenra

    The more, the merrier.

  • Maricaibo

    I remember seeing one of SSC’s cars tooling around the Tri Cities. Glad to hear they’re still alive.

  • Tydogg123 .

    The Tuatara was of my most anticipated cars that never came to fruition. I hope they can make a comeback.

  • I hope they add some side visibility to the Tuatara… The concept had absolutely none. Sure did look pretty though

  • john1168

    Hopefully they change the name…

    • Why? Confusing is it?

      • john1168

        Please…. No need to get your panties all up in a bunch. I know what a Tuatara is and I’m a big fan of Shelby. I simply don’t like the name. Hopefully that’s not too confusing for you…

        • Whoa calm down mate, don’t have to be so offensive all of a sudden.

          I just ask why they should change the name, you don’t have to overreact it. It’s not like some people here who likes to attack other people with st**** or tell them that they work with other car manufacturer. 🙂

          And even to car enthusiast, many of them confused this with other Shelby so that’s one reason they might want to change their name.

          I hope that’s not too confusing for you to differentiate genuine question and people being a$$ for mocking others 🙂

          • john1168

            The “Why?” is a question. The “confusing is it?” came across as condescending and that’s why I hit back. Perhaps we just misunderstood each other. I come on this site to get some info, maybe learn something and hopefully at least make a friend or two. Besides, I usually like reading your comments. I don’t come on here to act like a troll or get into pissing contests with everyone. I’d sign up on autoblog if I wanted to do that.

            Edit: To answer your question, yeah, I just don’t like the name. I get the whole horny reptile thing from New Zealand being a direct descendent from the dinosaurs and all, which is cool in it’s own rite but I just don’t think it makes for a great name for this car. I am happy to see the car make a comeback though. Who know’s, if Shelby is serious with this and they can find a set of tires that will hold up reliably, maybe they can beat Hennessey to the 300mph barrier. That would be cool!


    I thought they were gone and the Tuatara was dead. I’m glad to be proven wrong because I really would like to see what they come up with.

    • I’ve been following them for a while and actually they got the powertrain ready since 2013. But then Jerod Shelby run out of money and not until 2016 that he can find investor and in 2017 they got city grant in West Richland to build their factory there.

      I hope this is a good sign for them, I always love the SSC North America story.

  • I really wish them to be successful, Jerod Shelby the founder looks like a very nice, genuine enthusiast and unlike typical American auto personality that rely much on show and persona.

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