SSC North America
SSC North America

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


US supercar manufacturer SSC North America has set a new world record for the fastest production car in the world by renting out about 11.3km of highway in Nevada. The 1,750 hp (1774 hp) SSC Tuatara has achieved a top speed of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h) by averaging two round-trip times on a fixed section of road, beating the previous record of 277.87 mph (447.19 km/h) held by Sweden's Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Some would say that the Bugatti Chiron is the world's fastest supercar, but the Chiron Super Sport 300+'s top speed of 304.773mph (490.48 km/h) was a one-way trip, not a round-trip, so it's not on the Guinness Book of World Records' official top speed record. And it no longer makes sense in the face of the SSC Tuatara, which recorded speeds of 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h) on the outward leg and 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h) on the return leg, an average of 508.73 km/h.

Will Lipman / SSCNA
Will Lipman / SSCNA

The American supercar also broke the top speed record in the one-mile and one-kilometer sections held by the Agera RS, with a record of 313.12 mph (503.92 km/h) in the one-mile and 321.35 mph (517.16 km/h) in the one-kilometer section.

Oliver Webb, the 29-year-old driver behind the wheel, commented that "The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realizing the car’s limit," suggesting that the car designed by Jason Castriota, formerly of Pininfarina, still had plenty of room to stretch its speed.

Will Lipman / SSCNA
Will Lipman / SSCNA

SSC North America also reached the world's fastest speed at the time with the Tuatara's predecessor, the Ultimate Aero. But that spot was taken away three years later by Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport, which went on to join the Koenigsegg Agera RS. The company's founder, Jerod Shelby, has spent ten years maturing the Tuatara from the start of the design process to achieve this goal.

Will Lipman / SSCNA
Will Lipman / SSCNA

According to Bloomberg, the 12 SSC Tuatara cars, scheduled for production in 2021, have already been sold. And SSC North America is now planning to develop a car that will be the "little brother" to the Tuatara, according to the report. The car will produce between 800 and 900 hp and will be priced "low" compared to the Tuatara's $1.9 million, at between $400,000 and $500,000.

Source: SSC North America


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