Is the SSC Tuatara about to take on the Nurburgring?
After finally signing the official speed record for a production vehicle, the SSC Tuatara will tackle other records.
The SSC Tuatara, you must have heard about it before. Indeed, a few months ago, Shelby SuperCars (SSC) announced a new record with an average speed recorded at 508.73 km/h. A record quickly canceled after many suspicions and, above all, a statement from the telemetry company normally associated with this record that explained... not be associated with this "exploit."
Never mind, the SSC Tuatara has gone back to the assault of this record, with more seriousness this time. A few weeks ago, the Tuatara broke the speed record for a production car with an average of 282.9 mph, or about 455.3 km/h on a round trip. Enough to top the previous record set in 2017 held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS and its driver Niklas Lilja, with an average speed of 277.87 mph (446.97 km/h) recorded on a round trip.
Jerod Shelby, the boss of the American company, is determined to continue this good momentum. For example, the SSC Tuatara and its 1750-horsepower 5.9-liter V8 engine are now expected to head to the Nurburgring to compete against the world's best sportsmen on a lap. That's what the founder of the American firm suggested in an interview with Muscle Cars and Trucks magazine.
"We're interested in it," Shelby said. "This is one of our next goals after the speed record. We also know that this is an extreme challenge. You have to have the right driver, you have to have the right car, and you have to make as much adjustments and tests there, because it's a very tricky track."