Philadelphia - American hypercar specialist SSC has revealed the first customer version of its all-new Tuatara hypercar, and it's likely to become the world’s fastest production car. It’s also destined to be one of the world's most exclusive cars, with just 100 scheduled to be produced at SSC’s facility in Richland, Washington.
Although no official performance figures have been released as yet, the company has stated that it's targeting a top speed of 482km/h and it certainly has the power, with SSC quoting outputs of 1007kW when running on regular petrol and 1305kW when the tank is filled with an E85 ethanol blend.
Unlike most small-volume supercar makers, SSC isn’t just dropping an outsourced motor into the engine bay - instead it collaborated with Nelson Racing Engines to produce a bespoke twin-turbo V8 petrol engine. The 5.9-litre unit boasts a unique flat-plane crank configuration and it’s mated to a seven-speed automated transmission that boasts sub-100-millisecond gear changes when the car is in Track Mode.
SSC says its Tuatara “alters reality on several automotive design and engineering fronts”, and its design and construction credentials are certainly impressive.
The car’s body and monocoque structure are fabricated entirely from carbon fibre, while the aerodynamic systems were devised in conjunction with Ferrari designer Jason Castriota.