Its two-way top speed was of 316.11 mph.
The Tuatara has 1,750 horsepower.
SSC America is no stranger to speed. The company, which was founded in 1998, built and sold the Ultimate Aero that, between 2007 and 2010, held the title of the “Fastest Production Car.” Ten years later, they’re back at it and have reclaimed the title with the Tuatara hypercar.
“It’s been ten years since we held this record with our first car, the Ultimate Aero, and the Tuatara is leagues ahead. Its performance reflects the dedication and focus with which we pursued this achievement,” said Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC. “We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers, which is astonishing to do in a real-world setting on a public road. America’s new claim to victory in the ‘land-based space race’ is going to be tough to beat.”
If some of the details of this story seem familiar, that’s because Koenigsegg set a record on this exact stretch of road three years ago with an Agera RS. Its two-way average was of 277.9 mph (444.64 km/h) and it hit a top speed of 284.3 mph (454.88 km/h) on one pass. Impressive though these numbers may be, they’ve been crushed.
Professional racing driver, Oliver Webb, pushed the production Tuatara to a two-way average speed of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h). The top-speed achieved during this test was a staggering 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h). It also set two other records in the process, namely the “Fastest Flying Mile on a Public Road” at 313.12 mph (503.92 km/h) and the “Fastest Flying Kilometre on a Public Road” at 321.35 mph (517.16 km/h).
“There was definitely more in there. And with better conditions, I know we could have gone faster,” said Oliver Webb, who piloted the record run. “As I approached 331 mph, the Tuatara climbed almost 20 mph within the last five seconds. It was still pulling well. As I told Jerod, the car wasn’t running out of steam yet. The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realizing the car’s limit.”