Saturday, May 28, 2022
News SSC Finally Acknowledges Last Year's 300mph Effort Was a Failure

SSC Finally Acknowledges Last Year’s 300mph Effort Was a Failure

Company says car did not hit 331 mph or even 300 mph

  • Initial reports said car hit 331 mph, immediately called into question

  • SSC previously acknowledged controversy, but stood by speeds


Supercar builder and top speed record attempters SSC North America set what it called a production car top speed record in the Nevada desert late last year, with a top speed of well over 300 mph. The record run’s data and film were almost immediately called into question, and the company vowed to try again. This time with more transparency. Now, SSC has posted a statement to Instagram officially acknowledging that it didn’t break through 300 mph on that record attempt.

“We have seen your questions for months now and understand your frustrations. If it hasn’t been made clear up to this point, we would like to acknowledge officially that we did not reach the originally claimed speeds of 331 MPH or even 301 MPH in October of 2020. We were truly heartbroken as a company to learn that we did not reach this feat, and we are in an ongoing effort to break the 300 MPH barrier transparently, officially, and undoubtedly,” read the company statement.

Back in October, company founder and CEO Jerod Shelby admitted that the company had doubts and saw problems with the footage. They did not release more footage or data and instead simply said they would do it again.

The second record attempt for the 1,750 hp SSC Tuatara was made at the Kennedy Space Center in January, with telemetry experts including Racelogic and Garmin as well as the International Mile Racing Association on hand. That run, on a much shorter surface, saw a two-way run average of 282.9 mph (455.3 km/h). Enough to break the prior record set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Shelby still wanted that 300 mph figure, though. A plan to make another Nevada attempt ended with a crash while in transit and loaded on a truck. Expect SSC to try again when the car and their customers allow.

 

Trending Now

Rumour: Towards a Dedicated Electric Factory in Mexico for BMW

BMW's new assembly plant in Mexico - the complex opened in 2019 - could soon become the Bavarian division's first electric vehicle production center....

False Advertising will Cost Ford $19.2 Million

Ford overstated the fuel economy of the C-Max hybrid and the Payload of the Super Duty trucks The affected vehicles were sold between...

It’s Officially Official: Ford has Beat Tesla by Delivering its Electric Truck First

The first new Ford F1-50 Lightning was delivered yesterday in Michigan. The Tesla Cybertruck was officially announced in November 2019. This is an interesting...

The Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge Win AJAC’s 2022 Canadian Green Car of the Year Awards

Both are their respective automakers’ first full EV offerings. Incidentally, both the Volvo and the Polestar share structural and mechanical components. The Automobile Journalists...

Polestar Teams up with StoreDot, a Company that Works to Make EV Charging Faster

StoreDot claims its batteries will be able to gain 160 kilometers of range in only 5 minutes by 2024 This is the first...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.