On Monday, SSC announced a customer-owned Tuatara, driven by race car driver Oliver Webb, and has broken the top speed record for a production car with the Tuatara, after achieving a mind-blowing 331 mph (532.7 km/h) and a two-way average of 316.11 mph (508.7 km/h) on a closed road in Nevada.
Unlike the one-direction 304.77 mph Bugatti achieved with the Chiron Super Sport 300+, Shelby SuperCars (SSC) did a proper two-way average run with the Tuatara, hitting a certified average of 316.11 mph and regaining the title of the fastest production car on the planet.
The Tuatara was driven by British racing driver Oliver Webb on the same piece of tarmac Koenigsegg used back in 2017, when an Agera RS posted a two-way average of 277.9 mph (447.2 km/h) and a top speed of 284.55 mph (457 km/h).
Webb set three other records on Oct. 10. The Tuatara set the records for the fastest flying mile on a public road at 313.12 mph, the fastest flying kilometer on a public road at 517.16 kmh (321.35 mph), and the highest speed achieved on a public road at 331.15 mph.
The SSC Tuatara is powered by a twin-turbo 5.9-liter flat-plane crank V8 that pumps out 1,750 HP when running on E85. Switch to 91 octane and it still produces a colossal 1,350 hp in a mid-engined hypercar that has a dry weight of 2,750 pounds (1,247 kilograms) and a drag coefficient of 0.279.
SSC North America organized the record-breaking attempt by the book, using a certified GPS measurement device and having two world-record sanctioned witnesses on-site for verification. About 15 satellites were used on average by the measurement device to accurately determine the Tuatara’s impressive acceleration and speed during the two runs that took place within one hour.
Production is capped at 100 cars and customer deliveries are underway, with pricing kicking off at $1,625,000 and maxing out at $1.9M for the fully loaded variant with the High Downforce Track Pack.