It has been seven years since Shelby Super Cars North America unveiled its Tuatara concept in 2012. Many petrolheads have been looking forward since then the day when a production version will be made and put on sale. But a long time has passed that some may have forgotten the car.
If there’s one thing people still remember about the American hypercar company, that’s almost certainly its SSC Ultimate Aero which temporarily snatched the Bugatti Veyron‘s title as the fastest car in the world, before the Veyron Super Sport rose and took back the title.
Thankfully the waiting is almost over this year, as SSC recently woke up from its long sleep since 2018, revealing the 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 behemoth that will power the upcoming Tuatara. The bespoke powerplant will cram a heart-pounding 1,350 hp on 91-octane fuel or 1,750 hp with E85.
The company’s founder and lead design Jerod Shelby is positive that the Tuatara will be the first car to break the 300 mph barrier. He explained his reasons, which are the hypercar currently being the lowest one in the world and having a drag coefficient of 0.279. And not to mention that it also weighs just 2,750 pounds.
Now combine all those factors with the car’s enormous power and you’ll know why 300 mph is considered possible here. According to SSC, the Tuatara won’t only be an exotic road-going hypercar, but it will also be an excellent track toy. That is to say, the American monster could be the worst nightmare for the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Agera that is about to come true.
Owners will be able to activate the Tuatara’s Track Mode via its central display. It will give the car more downforce from its active wing as well as lower suspension for further reduced drag and improved stability. The great performance will be routed through a seven-speed, single-clutch automatic transmission that can shift in no more than 100 milliseconds.
The development of the Tuatara is reaching its very final phase with the first unit is scheduled to arrive in the third quarter of this year. SSC is expected to make a big announcement when the first example of the hypercar left the factory, and it will then be followed by more deliveries. Eventually, after all sales are completed, the next thing to wait from the Tuatara is its record-breaking action.