SSC Tuatara Is the World's Fastest Car, Hitting 331.15 MPH

Beating the Bugatti Chiron by more than 26 MPH.

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Automotive magazine Top Gear has announced that Shelby SuperCars (SSC) North America has broken the world record for the fastest production car with its SSC Tuatara.

The Tuatara hit 331 MPH at v-max and achieved a two-way average of 316.11 MPH on a seven-mile stretch of road just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The achievement knocks the customized Bugatti Chiron off the top spot from when it hit 304.77 MPH back in September 2019.

Manned by the British racing driver Oliver Webb, the car hit 301.07 MPH on its first run and, as that was not enough to beat the world record, Webb did not lift his foot off the gas pedal until he reached the car’s absolute maximum of 331.15 MPH on the second run. The combined speed of 316.11 MPH is what the SSC Tuatara officially achieved on its two-run record.

SSC’s Tuatara reached these astronomical figures thanks to its twin-turbocharged 5.9-liter flat-plane crank V8 that produces 1,750 BHP in a car that weighs just 1,247kg. Coupled with its incredibly aerodynamic carbon fiber body, which has a 0.279 drag coefficient, the Tuatara was literally able to carve its way through the air to reach such speeds.

Watch the film of the SSC Tuatara in the gallery above, and find out more about the car here.

In other news, Liberty Walk has given the Lexus LC500 a wide-body makeover.

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