SSC Tuatara Production Begins, First 1,750HP Hypercar To Be Delivered In Q3

Almost a year after showcasing the 2019 Tuatara at Pebble Beach, SSC has commenced production of the behemoth in Richland, Washington.

The first unit of the hypercar is almost complete and has hit the track to make sure that everything functions as it should. The vehicle will be delivered to the customer in the third quarter of the year and will be followed by other examples.

Also Watch: 1,750 HP SSC Tuatara Put Through Its Paces On The Dyno And A Canyon Road

The sculpted carbon fiber body provides the Tuatara with a drag coefficient of 0.279. SSC said that it’s “the lowest of any production hypercar to date”. Beneath the skin lies a carbon fiber monocoque and the whole assembly is powered by a 5.9-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 1,750 horsepower. The only thing needed to achieve that output is E85 in the tank, as on 91 octane gasoline, it’s less powerful by some 400 horses – which still puts it way ahead in the game compared to other high-end models.

Diverting the output to the ground is a 7-speed transmission, integrated with an Automac AMT system, with hydraulic-driven components. This setup provides it with lightning-fast gear changes. Moreover, the automaker explained that the clutch and gear selection actuation are electrically operated.

SSC continues to keep the performance numbers close to its chest. Nevertheless, they did say that this hypercar has a very good chance of hitting the 300 mph (483 km/h) mark. It will face some fierce competition on the way, since that achievement is on Koenigsegg’s and Hennessey’s agendas too. Bugatti however have confirmed that a top speed run is not a priority for them.

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  • Matteo Tommasi

    This car is beautiful

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    this car could be faster than Agera RS

    • Ben

      Possibly, but I think as a community, we’ve moved away from top speed into weight savings and lap times. Those are more achievable and tangible factors in owning a car rather than 300mph.

  • Porkopolis

    Horsepower aside, I feel like this car would’ve made more sense ~10 years ago.

  • Mr. EP9

    They may not be interested in top speed runs but that’s not going to stop owners from trying anyways.

  • wtvlol

    Too late to the game.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      better late than never

  • ctk4949

    That is really nice, the rear is a little busy. But really nice overall.

    • Mike anonymous

      NEARLY A DECADE…. Nearly 1 whole decade I have been following the development of this vehicle, and I’m proud to say, know, and see, that the Tuatara is finally here.

      (Shown below is the original model) which in my personal opinion looks a little bit better, but it is still wonderful to see a vehicle in this class come to market. I remember I had written an article for an automotive publication years ago talking about this vehicles return to the market (nearly in 2016 when most people still believed this company was dead). Quite a number of downers at the time, but I never understood wanting to see someone else fail, I would personally rather see someone succeed, and that is what we need more of in the world (very much so (I believe) within the automotive industry & community).

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c0bb300e2f7f7d389af1791fee805a55b93de37445bbe5543bed9f6a845d85a4.png

      It is great to know and finally see them alive and seemingly doing well. As a Brand with a bit of history, I am excited to see and know what it is they will do next.

      (P.S. The guy behind this vehicles design is the same man behind the design of the Maserati GranTurismo & 75th Anniversary Birdcage Concept,. a student of the man behind the Ferrari Enzo.)

      • Astonman

        My friend went to school with Jason at the Art Center

  • StrangerGP

    Lovely from the back, the front looks like a failed mix of Lambo’s & Pagani’s styling.

  • D3X

    Really like how this car is back, and even 5 years later it still looks amazing.

  • HURACAN

    awesome!

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Stunning the Tara of Shelby!

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