PHOTOS: Meet the 508.73 km/h Tuatara

First Published 25, Oct 2020, 6:10 PM

Move aside Bugatti Chiron, there's a newer beast on the road. Meet SSC Tuatara, which now has the coveted title of world's 'Fastest Production Vehicle'.

<p>Move aside Bugatti Chiron, there's a newer beast on the road. Meet SSC Tuatara, which now has the coveted title of world's 'Fastest Production Vehicle'.</p>

Move aside Bugatti Chiron, there's a newer beast on the road. Meet SSC Tuatara, which now has the coveted title of world's 'Fastest Production Vehicle'.

<p>Professional racing driver Oliver Webb got behind the wheel of the 1,750hp Tuatara and pushed the hypercar to an average speed of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h) following two consecutive high-speed test runs of 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h) and 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h) outside of Las Vegas near Pahrump, Nevada along a seven-mile stretch of State Route 160.&nbsp;</p>

Professional racing driver Oliver Webb got behind the wheel of the 1,750hp Tuatara and pushed the hypercar to an average speed of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h) following two consecutive high-speed test runs of 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h) and 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h) outside of Las Vegas near Pahrump, Nevada along a seven-mile stretch of State Route 160. 

<p>Last year, Bugatti was able to get a specially modified Bugatti Chiron to average 304.8 miles per hour (490 km/h) during two test runs on a German track.&nbsp;</p>

Last year, Bugatti was able to get a specially modified Bugatti Chiron to average 304.8 miles per hour (490 km/h) during two test runs on a German track. 

<p>SSC's V8 powerplant has a bespoke 5.9L twin-turbo, flat-plane crank engine produces 1,750 horsepower while using E85, and 1,350 horsepower on 91 Octane.</p>

SSC's V8 powerplant has a bespoke 5.9L twin-turbo, flat-plane crank engine produces 1,750 horsepower while using E85, and 1,350 horsepower on 91 Octane.

<p>The power from the V8 powerplant is transferred to a CIMA 7-Speed computerized manual transmission working in unison with a state-of-the-art Automac AMT system.</p>

The power from the V8 powerplant is transferred to a CIMA 7-Speed computerized manual transmission working in unison with a state-of-the-art Automac AMT system.

<p>The Tuatara has a carbon-fiber monocoque that provides vital safety to the driver, and is lightweight enough to ensure peak performance. Crash structures across the car generate superior shock-absorbing protection.&nbsp;</p>

The Tuatara has a carbon-fiber monocoque that provides vital safety to the driver, and is lightweight enough to ensure peak performance. Crash structures across the car generate superior shock-absorbing protection. 

<p>The Tuatara has a Sport Mode as the default configuration which sets the car at 4 inch front and 4.5 inch rear ride height, as well as a transmission configuration to allow for docile shifting for ease of operation and city street environments. Besides this, the hypercar has two more modes -- track mode and front lift mode.</p>

The Tuatara has a Sport Mode as the default configuration which sets the car at 4 inch front and 4.5 inch rear ride height, as well as a transmission configuration to allow for docile shifting for ease of operation and city street environments. Besides this, the hypercar has two more modes -- track mode and front lift mode.

<p>On the centre console sits a readily available touch screen system, offering the driver all of the vehicle's toggles, controls, diagnostics, and entertainment in a practical user interface.&nbsp;</p>

On the centre console sits a readily available touch screen system, offering the driver all of the vehicle's toggles, controls, diagnostics, and entertainment in a practical user interface. 

<p>At the touch of the screen, the driver has access to the multiple driving modes, tire pressures, complete diagnostics, climate control, music, and more.</p>

At the touch of the screen, the driver has access to the multiple driving modes, tire pressures, complete diagnostics, climate control, music, and more.

<p>North America will produce 100 Tuatara hypercars, all manufactured at the company headquarters in Richland, Washington, US</p>

North America will produce 100 Tuatara hypercars, all manufactured at the company headquarters in Richland, Washington, US