- The first production version of the SSC Tuatara makes its debut;
- The Philadelphia Auto Show will host this premiere;
- The SSC Tuatara’s custom engine can develop up to 1,750 horsepower.
After more than 10 years of design, engineering, and development, the first production version of the SSC Tuatara was revealed today at the 2020 Philadelphia Auto Show. The 2020 SSC Tuatara on display at the auto show was delivered to its owner back in August during the Monterey Car Week in California.
The all-new hypercar is powered by SSC’s twin-turbo 5.9-litre V8 engine. Designed from the ground up by the carmaker’s team of engineers and assembled by Nelson Racing Engines, the engine puts out 1,350 horsepower with 91 octane or a staggering 1,750 horsepower with E85. The V8 is paired with a CIMA 7-speed transmission capable of sub-100 millisecond shifting in Track Mode, according to the company.
Designed by Jason Castriota, who penned cars like the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina, the SSC Tuatara boasts an all carbon fibre body and chassis but most importantly, an impressive drag coefficient of 0.279.
“The resulting aerodynamics package sets the Tuatara apart from our competitors. Not only does the car boast a class-leading 0.279 drag coefficient, but also maintains an identical aero balance from 100 mph to well over 300 mph, resulting in an incredibly stable and predictable car that instills absolute confidence in the driver,” said Castriota.
Limited to a one hundred production run, the Tuatara will be produced by SSC in their world-class production facility in West Richland, Washington.
Jerod Shelby, SSC North America Founder and CEO added: “I am extremely proud of our team. We have created the full package – looks, performance, and artwork all rolled into one. The last 10 years have been a journey to excellence making this February 7th public debut even sweeter and more rewarding. And it is only the beginning!”