Racing against the wind is quite literally what SSC Tuatara super car recently did, Auto reports. But only to come out ahead, to become the world’s fastest vehicle in production. Automotive magazine Top Gear has announced that Shelby SuperCars (SSC) North America has broken the world record for the fastest production car with its SSC Tuatara. At a lightning speed of 316 mph (approximately 508 kmph). The achievement knocks the customized Bugatti Chiron off the top spot from when it hit 304.77 MPH back in September 2019.
Earlier this month, on October 10, SSC North America attempted to set a new speed record by deploying the Tuatara with street tires and running non-race fuel on a straight and open stretch of road just outside Las Vegas. This is also where some of the previous records were made and broken. Behind the wheel was professional racer Oliver Webb who did two opposite runs – clocking top speeds of 301.07 mph and 331.15 mph for an average top speed of 316 mph. That the car hit 331.15 mph also made it the highest speed ever hit by a vehicle on a public road, Auto further reports.
The entire test was monitored and recorded by a special GPS measurement device and 15 satellites while there were two certified witnesses to the entire program.
SSC’s Tuatara reached these astronomical figures thanks to its twin-turbocharged 5.9-litre flat-plane crank V8 that produces 1,750 BHP in a car that weighs just 1,247kg. Coupled with its incredibly aerodynamic carbon fibre body, which has a 0.279 drag coefficient, the Tuatara was literally able to carve its way through the air to reach such speeds.
According to Webb, the SSC Tuatara had even more to give, with him saying, “There was definitely more in there. And with better conditions, I know we could have gone faster, as I approached 331 mph [532.69 kph], the Tuatara climbed almost 20 mph [32.19 kph] within the last five seconds. It was still pulling well. As I told Jerod [Shelby, CEO of SSC], the car wasn’t running out of steam yet. The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realizing the car’s limit.” This is as per reports by Autocar.
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