2019 SSC Tuatara To Debut At Monterey Car Week, Promises To Have Highest Top Speed In The World

Seven years after the Tuatara was originally unveiled, SSC North America has announced plans to unveil the production model at Monterey Car Week.

Since so much time has passed, little is known about the car. However, the company says the 2019 Tuatara will be a “next generation hypercar that boasts an unmatched drag coefficient, track-level handling characteristics and a top speed that is projected to easily surpass the current world record.” SSC didn’t specify the latter figure, but the company’s statement suggests the Tuatara will be able to exceed the 284.55 mph (457.94 km/h) top speed achieved by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.

While the Tuatara was slated to be launched in 2013, the company explained its prolonged absence by saying the model has been subjected to “years of methodical engineering.” SSC says this extended development time will allow the car to have “unparalleled performance” as well as a striking presence.

Speaking of the latter, the teaser photos suggest the production model will closely resemble the concept that was unveiled nearly a decade ago. Despite the similarities, we can see some minor changes including a modified rear bumper, a revised greenhouse and triangular exhaust tips.

It remains unclear if there are any other changes, but it’s possible given the model’s lengthy development. As a result, it’s unclear clear if the car will still use a twin-turbo 6.9-liter V8 engine that produces 1350 hp (1007 kW / 1368 PS) and 1280 lb-ft (1733 Nm) of torque when running on 91 octane fuel. Over five years ago, when the engine was announced, SCC hinted it was capable of producing more than 1700 hp (1268 kW / 1723 PS).

A lot of questions remain, but we’ll likely get answers when the 2019 Tuatara makes its debut on August 24th.

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  • Mr. EP9

    Two things:

    1. I really thought this thing and this company was dead.

    2. Highest top speed in the world? I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • 1. They had a money problem for few years but back in 2016 they finally secured loans from Washington State for their HQ and Factory in West Richmond.

      2. Given they once held a speed record before, I wouldn’t surprise if they were gunning for it.

      • donald seymour

        Arch coming in with the facts!

      • RichS

        I believe it’s in Richland, WA. Also lamborghini and Boeing have a joint composite R&D facility in Moses Lake, about 80 Miles north.

        My guess is they really sought after eastern Washington because of the advanced carbon composite capabilities that area offers. Also the help from local government.

    • Mike anonymous

      The car (back in 2011) actually had higher (from what they had been able to test so far) faster speeds than anything Bugatti had ever made. The 2011 specifications would actually be able to compete easily with the Bugatti Chiron today. I am sure they have improved and worked on it since 2011 (it being almost a good decade).

      Also I complete called this 2 years ago. They company was never officially declared “dead”, they just stopped doing,.. well,.. everything. But a few years ago they began working on a new facility and they were getting back into the swing of things.

      I am glad to see the Tuatara return. It’s one of my favorite vehicles. It’s also nice to see the United States have a proper (100% from the ground up) (and actually comparable to the likes of Bugatti, McLaren, Koenigsegg, & others) supercar.

      • When you say 2011, did you say Tuatara or Ultimate Aero? Tuatara never even had a running mule, the closest it gets are Aero with Tuatara engine.

        I think SSC were really pushing hard decade ago, Ultimate Aero has a relatively simple styling and engineering compared to Tuatara, while at the same time economic recession hits and frankly at that time SSC is still rather unknown, even to petrolheads.

        But yeah I agree on United States supercar, for me Saleen is very British, and so does the Hennessey (What I haven’t found is who engineered the F5, they no longer used Ricardo as they did in Venom GT).

        • Mike anonymous

          Yeah, I couldn’t agree more (regarding the United States supercar).

          As for the other thing, I did mean the Tuatara. To my knowledge, (they never had a test mule) but they had an engine built (which they were testing).
          If I remember correctly they had a machine that could run the engine as if it were actually inside a vehicle performing. It would be able to give them readouts/close-estimates of the engines peak performance.

          Of course even with this machine, they couldn’t provide a full list of specs because (to my knowledge and as you stated) there was no mule. But from the info they were able to collect from the 2011 version of the engine, it was pretty powerful.

          They updated the website (which looks MUCH better than it had for the last 5+ years), but they removed the old specifications. I’ll comment/reply again later (and share them with you) if I find them.

          • Yes, as I stated in my comment the engine development was pretty much over and in fact they put what essentially is Tuatara drivetrain into Ultimate Aero. But again if we talk about top speed, vehicle design is they key, We had no idea how much drag that Tuatara will produce in real life situation (Since simulation in the end is a simulation)

  • fabri99

    Well, I’m not sure unveiling it 7 years prior to its production was a good idea. For once, I thought it was never going to happen and totally forgot about it. Having seen the car seven years ago, it will also look a little old and “already seen” (much like the new NSX, whose design has been around since 2012). I’m not sure why the car was delayed, but it certainly doesn’t help (especially considering how skeptical everyone always is when a new supercar maker claims to have made the fastest car ever).

    • They were having money problem at that time, thanks to the economic recession as well. So for a few years they went underground but I already seen good progress when back in 2017 they got loan by Washington State for construction of HQ and factory, beside the engine was pretty much ready. It was produced for limited numbers for Aero XT.

      • fabri99

        Oh ok, thanks for the information. Too bad it got delayed, let’s see if it is still as mindblowing as it would have been in 2013.

  • Six_Tymes

    Cant wait to see this. SSC is back! COOL

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    Yea….. totally forgot about SSC…. heheh.
    Let’s see what happens. Something tells me Koeniggsegg won’t sit on it for long.

  • FactChecker90803

    It will need a good game from the start, since you have Hennessy F5,  Pagani Huayra, Koenigsegg Agera, or Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. A big Dream indeed, fair lick to his endeavors.

  • Tinky-Winky
  • Mark Seven-Ultranine

    Yet another hypercar? Yes! Bring it on!

  • donald seymour

    I prayed for this company and kept up with it. I almost lost faith, but my God kept His end of the bargain. It’s my hope to see this car come to fruition.

  • TristansAdventures

    This company has no location in west Richland. The new location where thier factory was supposed to be was started and the cement foundations have all been laid since like 2005 I think but the sign remains badly weathered and worn saying coming soon. The owner I think jarred was not and is not a well liked persons in Tri-Cities. He promised so much to tri-cities if they helped and such and he never came through He would never bring his cars out to events or let people walk the facility and several other bad things i wont mention. I am from the area and owned several magazine cars. He got got Cats Exotics in seattle to sell a lot of his cars which from what I hear are still on the road to this day. I used to know someone that worked there from the get go for many years. I would love to relay more info but I will be nicen

  • D3X

    Not sure why the shrouded visual teaser is necessary, I mean we all know what it looks like for several years now. The teaser should have been the sound of it rather than the shape.

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