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SSC TUATARA TAKES AIM AT 300MPH

Posted by Matt Bell on 5th May 2020

The 1750bhp SSC Tuatara can be seen testing as the manufacturer takes aim at the 300mph goal. Here’s it being driven flat out in the pursuit of speed. Sadly, we can’t see the speedo!

Power comes from a 5.9-litre twin-turbo V8, built with partners Nelson Racing Engines, and can be run on E85 to hit that golden 1750bhp figure, or on regular pump fuel at a slightly lower power level. While we can’t see the speedo, we can see that engine, alongside the third longitudinally placed damper. Cool stuff.

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that the SSC Tuatara looks an awful lot like the Ferrari P4/5 built by James Glickenhaus and that’s because it’s the same designer, Jason Castriota. He’s used carbon fibre extensively to keep the body weight down to just under 1300kg dry. To achieve the top speed, the body has a super-low drag coefficient of just 0.29Cd.

The pursuit of 300mph was won by Bugatti with the Chiron Super Sport, but who will be next? Koenigsegg? SSC? Hennessey? There’s a list of manufacturers lining up…