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The SSC Tuatara is the officially recognized fastest production car in the world at 282.9 mph. We emphasize officially because the area of factory stock top speed is somewhat controversial at the moment. Among other things, the Tuatara itself is probably much faster, and it could go even higher if an electrified all-wheel-drive version joins the party.
Such a car is in preparation, according to Driving authority. SSC founder and CEO Jerod Shelby reportedly said so in a recent interview, although the details of the project were not discussed. Some information was made available, such as dual motors for the front wheels. This would give the hypercar all-wheel drive, although the status of the electrified Tuatara’s internal combustion engine is unknown. Besides, he cannot wear a Tuatara badge. The project would be independent of standard Tuatara production, with 2025 targeted for deliveries.
The report also mentions something less abstract – the Tuatara Striker. This track-only version of the Tuatara debuted in May 2021, but now we learn that it will debut in person in August at Pebble Beach. The Striker has tripled downforce at speeds over 160 mph over the standard car, thanks in part to a large rear spoiler, front splitter, modified diffuser and other aero tweaks. Power remains the same, but with 1,750 horsepower (1,305 kilowatts) already available from the mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 5.9-liter V8, it’s not like a power upgrade is remote. necessary.
Motor1.com has contacted SSC North America for confirmation and comment on this information. We will come back with an update if any new news becomes available.
SSC shocked the world in 2020 by claiming a top speed record of 316 mph, averaged in two directions on a long stretch of Nevada highway. The data was later found to be inaccurate and SSC has been steadily backing towards the 300mph mark ever since. Just days ago, SSC shared a video showing the Tuatara reaching 295 mph at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida, although the speed was only reached in one direction, so this is an unofficial benchmark.
To negate the effects of wind or altitude on a vehicle, official top speed races must be held in opposite directions within a certain amount of time. The two speeds are then averaged, which is why the one-way speed of 304 mph achieved by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ remains unofficial.