SSC Says Finished Tuatara Has A Legitimate Shot Of Reaching 300 MPH

SSC says that it is the only company with a legitimate shot of reaching 300 mph (482 km/h) in this new age of hypercar performance.

While car manufacturers a decade ago were chasing 250 mph (402 km/h), the target has since moved to 300 mph with the likes of Hennessey and Koenigsegg all eager to reach it. With the long-awaited SSC Tuatara, there’s a new kid on the block.

Speaking with Top Gear, SSC chief executive Jerod Shelby said he is very confident in the vehicle’s performance.

“We wanted the engineering to exceed anything we had done before and what our competitors are doing. But the overarching goal was 300mph.

“The knowledge I have of our competitors, I feel that we’re the only ones that really have a legitimate shot because of the drag numbers and the horsepower that we’re producing.”

Speaking of drag numbers, the Jason Castriota-designed bodywork of the Tuatara not only looks good but is quite slippery. According to the company, the drag coefficient currently sits at 0.279 when the special ‘aerodish’ wheels are fitted. According to the famous designer, however, refinements to the vehicle’s exterior are still being done and drag will be reduced further.

“We have so much velocity coming into [the side intakes] because we got so clean around the front wheel, that we’re actually losing drag counts.

“So we can actually now change the internal ducting on the rear radiator, play a little bit more around the front wheel and rear wing profile to which will lower [the drag coefficient] a bit more while still dialing in more downforce.”

In terms of the grunt needed to reach 300 mph, SSC believes it has the goods. Powering the Tuatara is a twin-turbocharged flex-fuel 5.9-liter flat-plane crank V8 that revs all the way to 8800 rpm. This engine delivers 1350 hp on 91 octane fuel and no less than 1750 hp on E85.

SSC wants to complete testing of the Tuatara in May 2019 and start deliveries three months later.

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  • D3X

    Alright, let’s see it in action already!

  • Jason Panamera

    Pic or didn’t happen.

  • Mind Synthetic

    what happened to the interior finish, that steering wheel looks like they stretched goats a$$ over it

    • donald seymour

      The car is a running mock-up. And yes, I repeated myself many times with this reply.

      • Mind Synthetic

        shows their long term quality goals, “good enough”

        • Everyone did it, original Koenigsegg CC looks like cobbled up kit car as well, most major manufacturer at this stage wouldn’t even showing thir interior.

        • donald seymour

          It’s a mock-up. What do you expect?

          • Mind Synthetic

            better

          • donald seymour

            Ummm… okay.

        • Cameron

          The steering wheel is not crucial for what they are trying to achieve. Finer touches come AFTER everything else. gtfo

          • Mind Synthetic

            sure, whatever

  • brn

    Fins! It’s got fins!!

  • Perry F. Bruns

    I wonder what a short nickname for this car would be…?

  • MarketAndChurch

    When did this car get a finished interior? I only remember the original concept way back in the day, I can’t believe we’re finally nearing a finished product.

  • I wish them luck and hopefully we can see some nice battle between Hennessey, SSC and Koenigsegg.

  • Cameron

    Amazing but I don’t think I wanna go 300mph in that thing…

  • Mind Synthetic

    you face

  • ksegg

    I remember when this was on “THE NEWS” when Top Gear still had Clarkson, Hammond, and May.

    What I don’t get is SSC said the same shit 10 years ago about “possibly doing 300MPH”. 10 years later, and still claiming that BS, lol.

    This is about as bad as the Fisker Karma coming back to life as the Karma Fister Paradise or whatever it’s called now.

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