This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
SSC North America's record for the world's fastest production car, set by its SSC Tuatara supercar, has sparked a debate on the Internet as to whether or not such a speed was actually achieved.
The Guinness Book of World Records' method of measuring the maximum speed of a vehicle is to measure the time it takes to travel a certain distance, averaging outward and return trips. The SSC NA would have set a new world record in the Tuatara run with 484.53 km/h outward and 532.93 km/h return, averaging 508.73 km/h.
However, it has been widely pointed out in a Reddit car-related thread that the telemetry display and background flowing speed in this timed video is not as fast as the footage of the Koenigsegg Agera RS set a world record at the time, and that the telemetry data displayed on the screen is not linked to the running of the car, and the car may in fact only be doing around 450km/h.
The only thing that can prove that the timed measurements are correct here is the data on the GPS location and running time used to calculate the maximum speed, but Dewetron, the manufacturer of the GPS equipment on the Tuatara, said it did not have data on the GPS used to calculate the speed either, as they were not present when SSC NA challenged the record.
SSC NA founder Jerrod Shelby said of the video in question, "Somehow, there was a mixup on the editing side, and I regret to admit that the SSC team hadn’t double-checked the accuracy of the video before it was released." And the team acknowledged that it was not immediately aware that the videos contained inaccurate information and that there may have been a discrepancy between the data logger's records and the point at which the videos were overlaid.
And although he said that once the company plans to release the video again, which shows that the maximum speed record was definitely established from the actual footage, because releasing the redacted video would not completely clear the doubt, Jerrod Shelby announced his intention to make another attempt at the SSC Tuatara maximum speed record in the "very near future".
And he intends to invite YouTuber Shmee150 and a few others as the main people who pointed out the problem, to actually watch the maximum speed record attempt again.
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