Earlier this month, Washington-based automaker SSC changed the automotive world with their Tuatara supercar. After achieving a two way average of over 316 mph, the american boutique manufacturer has captured several production-vehicle land speed records. However, the Tuatara isn’t their only project in the world, and we now have more details about the upcoming SSC Little Brother.
SSC CEO Jerod Shelby spoke to Motor Authority about the upcoming supercar, which will slot below the $1.9 million Tuatara. The company has given the project the name Little Brother because the new model will be heavily influenced by their record-holding model. The physical design is slated to be a scaled down version of what Jason Castriota penned for the Tuatara.
The power levels are also slated to be toned down compared to the 1,750 horsepower on tap from the Tuatara. Shelby told Motor Authority to expect the SSC Little Brother to arrive with between 700-800 horsepower from a naturally aspirated V8 engine. The CEO didn’t comment as to whether or not this engine is related to the 5.9L flat-plane V8 that Nelson Racing Engines built for the company’s land speed project.
Shelby noted that the SSC Little Brother will compete with established offerings such as the Ferrari F8 Tributo and the McLaren 765LT. The SSC will certainly be more rare however, though SSC hasn’t confirmed production figures. Shelby did go as far as to say the Little Brother will exceed the Tuatara’s limited run of 100 units. Like with any exclusive product, there will be a hefty price to pay. In this case, SSC estimates the Little Brother will carry a price tag between $400,000 and $500,000. A bargain model indeed.
It appears then that SSC is here to stay for the time being, and that they have plans to shake up the supercar segment. If the SSC Little Brother can bring a little more naturally-aspirated goodness to the world before everything goes electric, it’s a winner in our book.