A Niche American Car Becomes the Fastest Car Ever with 316 MPH
So, the world has a new fastest car. Recently the hypercar SSC Tuatara was documented to have achieved 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h) on a seven-mile strip of road on Highway 160 near Las Vegas.
The previous record belonged to a pre-production Bugatti Chiron prototype with a whopping 304.77 mph (490.47 km/h), and this was achieved last year. The one before that was in 2017, it was a Koenigsegg Agera RS and the record was 277.87 mph (447.18 km/h).
Behind the wheel of Tuatara was Oliver Webb, a 29-year-old Brit. He hit 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h) on his first trip, and 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h) on his way back. The record surpasses the one evaluated by Guinness World Records (that of Bugatti Veyron), although, this attempt by SSC was not evaluated by folks at Guinness World Records.
SSC is a quite niche brand when it comes to automobiles. It was formed in 1998 and as of now, it only has 24 employees. It was previously called Shelby SuperCars Incorporated, as you can tell, its current name is an abbreviation of that.
Unlike the previous record holders Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and Lamborghini, SSC doesn't have a long history of big-budget and deep production runs. That's partly the reason why only a hundred of these Tuataras will be produced, at roughly 20 makes for year. And they've turned this small scope of operation to their advantage actually.
The hypercar broke two more world records
Shelby, a co-founder of SSC told Bloomberg in a mail, "Many times, where we have observed something during real world testing of a Tuatara that would require a design change to a component or assembly to achieve higher performance, we have literally assembled the design and development team, made a decision, and had newly designed components on a machine being fabricated within hours. We had new, completed parts out on the road being tested on the car by the next day.”
Along with the Fastest Production Vehicle record, the hypercar Tuatara broke two more world records.
- "Fastest Flying Mile on a Public Road" at 313.12 mph (503.92 km/h)
- "Fastest Flying Kilometer on a Public Road" at 321.35 mph (517.16 km/h)