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WATCH: The all-new SSC Tuatara is an insane Hypercar capable of reaching 483 km/h!

2019-07-02 09:45

Sudhir Matai

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Article by Double Apex

The SSC Tuatara was unveiled roughly a year ago at the world-famous Pebble Beach car gathering in California.

It was recently announced that production of the new model has just begun, with the very first customer delivery taking place in a few weeks.

Just 100 units of the Tuatara will be produced at a purpose-built facility in West Richland, Washington.

Already testing

The very first SSC Tuatara has already been undergoing testing. You can see a video of the car running on the dyno below:

When it was debuted last year the SSC Tuatara stunned many onlooker with its sculpted carbon fibre body an incredibly low drag coefficient of just 0,279. SSC (what used to be Shelby Super Cars) said that it’s “the lowest of any production hypercar to date”.

Active and static wings, manipulate the airflow for downforce and to stability at top speed. View the overall shape, penned by Jason Castriota was heavily inspired by the curves of a jet-fighter.

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Massive power

Powering this latest arrival in the hypercar club is a 5.9-litre, twin-turbocharged, flat-plane V8 that is said to rev to 9 000 r/min. The petrol engine is said to produce 1007 kW.

Fill up the tank with E85 biofuel and the power ramps up to 1305kW. SSC claims that the car weighs a scant 1 250 kg. A seven-speed automated transmission sends power to the rear axle on to a pair of Michelin semi-slick rubber measuring 345 mm wide.

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No acceleration numbers have been quoted but company has mentioned that its charge will be able to hit the 300 mph (483 km/h) mark. 

It will be interesting to see which carmaker gets to that figure first as Koenigsegg and Hennessey are also aiming for 483 km/h. Perhaps SSC will consider a run at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans with its new rule set.

Article by Sudhir "Banzai" Matai, Founder and managing editor of Double Apex

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