Pebble Beach, California - Not that there are many places on this earth where even the most skilled of drivers could realistically reach 300mph (482km/h), short of perhaps a salt pan or a (very straight) closed road.

But that hasn’t stopped American hypercar specialist SSC from creating a car that can allegedly reach that velocity. We say allegedly because it hasn’t been officially tested by the company as yet, but remains a steadfast target.

The new Tuatara was revealed in its final production guise this weekend on the Pebble Beach Concours lawn, with the company stating that the final stages of testing and calibration were “nearly complete”.

If it does reach its top speed target it'll be the world's fastest production car - that honour currently belongs to the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which reached 446.9km/h on a closed road near Las Vegas.

SSC's new hypercar features an ultra-lightweight all-carbon body and chassis, and is powered by a twin-turbo 5.9-litre V8 engine that produces 1305kW when running on E85 and 1007kW when sipping regular 91 octane. Now take a listen:

The engine is mated to a seven-speed ‘robotised’ manual gearbox. 

There is no word yet on what kind of acceleration times SSC expects the vehicle to achieve.

The Tuatara’s aerospace-inspired body was penned by Jason Castriota of Ferrari and Saab fame, and the car boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.279.

Production is set to commence shortly at the SCC facility in West Richland, Washington, with pre-orders currently being secured - but hurry up Hollywood folk, just 100 of these bad boys are set to be produced. Pricing has yet to be announced, but if you have to ask...

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