[UPDATE] SSC North America has contacted us to share a press release (attached at the end). The company says it's ready to start production of the Tuatara and is currently accepting orders, with only 100 cars to be made. These will be assembled at a new factory located at home in West Richland, Washington. The only information released about the hypercar's performance is its ability to exceed 300 mph. SSC has "full confidence" it will hit that mark.
Formerly known as Shelby SuperCars, SSC North America has introduced this weekend at Pebble Beach the final version of its Tuatara hypercar, some seven years after presenting the concept. A press release hasn’t been issued yet, but all the juicy specs have been published on the company’s website from where we were able to source the adjacent images.
Without further ado, the twin-turbo 5.9-litre V8 produces 1,350 bhp when feeding on premium unleaded and as much as 1,750 bhp on flex fuel. The mid-mounted engine – which has a redline of 8,800 rpm - weighs 194 kilograms and sends its output to the rear wheels through a seven-speed “computerised manual” gearbox featuring “robotic shift system.”
The high-performance coupe has a dry weight of just 1,247 kg and an aerodynamically optimised body with a drag coefficient of just 0.279. To achieve that remarkably low weight, SSC used carbon fibre not just for the body and chassis, but even the wheels are made from carbon fibre. The 20-inch set comes wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres measuring 245/35 at the front axle and 345/25 for the rear wheels.
Named after a lizard-like reptile originating from New Zealand, The production-ready Tuatara is 4.42 metres long and comes with a wheelbase stretching at 2.67 metres. According to the specs sheet, the hypercar is 2 metres wide and just 1.1 metres tall.
Details about performance are not available at the moment of writing, but we’re expecting it to be one of the fastest production cars ever made considering the high power, low weight, and extreme aero setup. It remains to be seen whether it will try and claim the record for the fastest street-legal car, which currently belongs to Koenigsegg and its 277.87-mph Agera RS.
Gallery: SSC Tuatara
SSC North America reveals the Tuatara at Pebble Beach, California.
The highly anticipated Tuatara was revealed to the public at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Press Conference at Peter Hay Hill. The American built hypercar was unveiled by Founder and CEO Jerod Shelby and world renowned designer Jason Castriota. Specific details about the meticulously engineered car were announced at the conference as it was unveiled.
Power & Performance
With the final stages of testing and calibration of the Tuatara nearly complete, engine specifications were validated and released to the public.
- 1,750 horsepower / E85 Fuel
- 1,350 horsepower / 91 Octane Fuel
The twin-turbo 5.9 liter V8 engine is a flat-plane crank configuration, designed by SSC North America and engineered and assembled in collaboration with Nelson Racing Engines. As engineering specifications are surpassed and verified, SSC has full confidence in the Tuatara's goal of exceeding 300 mph with a margin of error.
Body & Aerodynamics
The all carbon fiber body and chassis not only give the Tuatara a lightweight structure, but boasts an unmatched hypercar drag coefficient of 0.279. Jason Castriota brought a timeless design to the Tuatara, inspired by the aerospace industry and producing superior aerodynamics with alluring curvatures.
Production of the SSC Tuatara is ready to begin, with pre-orders currently being secured by those who wish to own this next generation hypercar. Built in the new world-class production facility under construction in the company's hometown of West Richland, Washington, the Tuatara will be limited to a 100 unit production run.
SSC North America is proud to represent the American hypercar industry in the global market, as well as work with partners in the automotive industry that bring genuine ingenuity and passion to the project. Below are a list of our highly regarded partners that have had a vital role in the production of the SSC Tuatara.
- Nelson Racing Engines - Power plant engineering and assembly
- Linder Power Systems - Engine sub assembly fabrication
- Automac - Robotic shift system