SSC Unveils First Production Tuatara

SSC Unveils First Production Tuatara - TheArsenale

Back in 2010, SSC claimed the title for the fastest car in the world with their Ultimate Aero. They followed it up with the Tuatara which for quite a while has been teasing us for quite a while.

It took them a notch over a decade to release the Tuatara in the wild and it is now the #5 fastest car in the world. It uses a twin-turbo V8 engine with a power output of 1750 HP. The reason why it sits so far behind in the list of the fastest cars in the world is that it's tucked away by electric cars from Rimac, Lotus, and Pininfarina. The Tuatara pairs its aerodynamic looks with the finest R&D and craftsmanship possible, creating a vehicle that cuts through the air like a hot knife through butter. 

The engine is a massive 5.9L V8 but thanks to the car's carbon construction, the weight is not a burden at all. It is claimed to weigh 1,247kg but there are no official figures for it so far. There are no ordinary bits and bobs in this car. The transmission is a CIMA 7-speed paddle shifter with a shifting time of under one-tenth of a second in track mode. There is air suspension to soothe driving on roads and over speed bumps. The rear wing even acts as a high-speed air brake by lifting itself up at an angle. 

As you can imagine, the interior is purpose-built for high-speed driving and doesn't have all the bells and whistles a Rolls Royce would have but then of course; they are two completely different worlds. Plus, would you really be able to turn on your seat warmer when going 483 km/h? We didn't think so.