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The Focus Remains On The Tuatara, For Now

SSC Tuatara Land Speed Record Production Hypercar Car
Image Via SSC North America.

SSC North America will only be producing just 100 of the upcoming Tuatara hypercar. What’s sure to be the party piece of any wealthy car collection, the Tuatara starts at $1.9 million USD, and delivers 1,350 horsepower on pump gas and 1,750 hp on E85. For that kind of money, customers also lay claim to the fastest production car in the world.

Recently, the SSC Tuatara achieved a two-way average of 282.9 mph within a 2.6-mile runway in Florida, edging the Koenigsegg Agera’s previous record of 278 mph. And in just four short months, since October 2020, confirmed orders of the SSC Tuatara have spiked from 20 percent to 50 percent.

“Currently our build time is about five months,” shared Shelby. “We’re about 50 percent (fully ordered).” This detail comes ahead of what’s expected to be a true 300 mph speed run, which the SSC Tuatara is mathematically capable of.

“I have a feeling that when our next announcement comes out, that’s going to finish off the allotment,” he said, not giving everything away at once.

SSC Tuatara top speed run
Image via SSC.

SSC plans to build 25 units of the Tuatara hypercar per year. Beyond that, Jerod Shelby has been trickling information about a more “entry level” supercar that’s expected after the Tuatara finds its footing in the market.

“The ‘Little Brother’ project is still very real… it’s still there and is still a plan that is a priority to us,” said Shelby.

“As soon as we feel that the Tuatara has been established out there, and the company is known because of the Tuatara, we’re going to follow up with the ‘Little Brother’ which really carries a lot of the similar DNA to that Tuatara,” said the SSC founder and CEO. “If you park them side-by-side, you can tell they’re related. But it opens the door for a much larger percentage of the population to be able to buy that car. A lot lower price and we would be producing those in much higher volumes.”

“We haven’t picked models of other manufacturers – cars that we want to compete with in price point or performance,” Shelby continued. “We want to look at a market segment that we want to try and hit, and who can afford those cars.”

SSC Tuatara Hypercar Interior Little Brother
Image via SSC.

Previous reports have put the follow-up to the SSC Tuatara to sell in the $400,000-$500,000 range, a small fraction of the $1.9 million starting price of the original. Power ratings will be equally fractioned, with a target output of around 700-800 horsepower. That would put it in line with vehicles such as the $418,000 Lamborghini Aventador, and just below the $625,000 Ferrari SF9 Stradale. Other vehicles, such as the McLaren 720S, come in around $300,000.

“If we start (selling Little Brother) in the United States and around the world, that also establishes the SSC brand in a much bigger way,” explained Shelby.

Of course, the diminutive “Little Brother” program name is unlikely to stay.

“We have not decided on a name yet,” he said.

SSC Tuatara V8 Twin Turbo Nelson Racing Engines
Image via SSC.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

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