SSC Tuatara

Video: new SSC Tuatara 

This, you may remember, is the Shelby Super Cars (SSC) Tuatara. And we've just been sent a selection of new pictures.

You'd be forgiven for needing a little reminder about how important the Tuatara promises to be. If SSC's to be believed, it'll beat the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (which, of course, once made James the fastest man ever) and become the fastest production car in the world.

To heave itself up to the benchmark, it'll be using a 1,350bhp engine, which gets from 0-200mph in under 16 seconds. You can see the Ultimate Aero (using the same engine) hooning here. And remember, before the Veyron SS came along, the Aero was the fastest road car in the world.

Inspired by Jason Castriota's exterior styling, we carried some of the aerospace inspired design, as well as the car’s exterior design features, into the interior of the Tuatara.
The main gauge cluster area is a glass screen that is lit up by Pico projectors behind, and is similar to a HUD (Heads Up Display). On the driver's side, 2 smaller HUD displays, are located on each side of the steering column; their design inspired by the Tuatara's rear winglets. On the right, the HUD displays the current gear of the car, and is flanked by a shift indicator light tree that provides the driver with valuable shift timing information. The left HUD displays any vital information the driver chooses. These settings are available through a menu on the central command console.
SSC Tuatara Interior
The Tuatara will provide a unique, yet thrilling experience to its passengers by making them feel like more of a co-pilot instead of just a tag-along. Included in front of the passenger seat are 2 small auxiliary screens that provide the co-pilot information about the vehicle and their current experience, like its current speed, RPM or BHP. The Tuatara is one of the first production vehicles in the world to give this level of attention to the driving experience of the passenger. Just on the left side of the central console is the red "START" button, which when pressed initiates a clockwise-motion lighting sequence on the red lights located around the start button. The engine turns on immediately when all the red lights have illuminated.
SSC Tuatara Interior
The central console has a large touch screen. The buttons located near the touch screen control other important functions, like traction control, and driving modes, in addition to other features. The holes pattern on the top of the central console area are inspired by the hole patterns on the Tuatara's exterior body panels, and function as a central vents that circulates the cabin air.
Displayed in this interior fly-through are both the 7-Speed H-Pattern manual gear shift, as well as the steering column mounted 7-Speed paddle shift available as an option on the Tuatara.
SSC Tuatara Interior
The exterior hole pattern design inspiration is not limited to the central console, but is also visible on the door panels, along the base of the windshield where it serves as the defrost vents, and along the rear console positioned between the seats. Large woofers are located in the lower portion of the door panel design as part of the Tuatara's premium sound package.
The central AC vents are inspired by the Tuatara's twin central exhausts. The side AC vents are inspired by the 4 rocket exhaust design found on the Space Shuttles. Optional Interior colors will consist of a 2-tone appearance accented in exposed carbon fiber and elegant touches of metal.
The door pulls of the Tuatara are meant to resemble the styling of the flying buttresses from the rear sides of the car's exterior.

SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara


0-60 mph:2.50 seconds
0-100 mph:-
0-200 mph:-
1/4 mile:9.75 seconds at 144 mph
Top Speed (Tested):-
Top Speed (Projected):276 mph
0-100mph-0:11.25 seconds
60mph-0 (braking):103 feet

Engine Specs

Type:SSC Designed Billet Aluminum V8 Block
Bore x Stroke:-
Compression Ratio:8.625:1
Horsepower:1350 bhp @ 6800 rpm
Torque:1042 ft-lbs @ 6800 rpm
Redline:9200 rpm
Fuel Injection:Electronic Sequential Port
Weight:428 lbs.
Oil:SAE 5W/30 Fully Synthetic Racing
Induction System:Sequential, multi-port fuel injection, Twin Turbo Chargers. Dual-Water to Air Intercoolers.
Fuel:Premium Unleaded - 91 Pump Octane