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HYPERCAR HORSEPOWER: SSC TUATARA ENGINE TAKES TO THE DYNO

The SSC Tuatara Is One Of The Fastest Vehicles On The Planet

SSC Tutara Rear Assembly Nelson Racing Engines Engine
Image via SSC

When you search online for the fastest production cars in the world, Buggati, Koeingsegg, and the SSC Tuatara will populate the majority of your search results. The Tuatara in particular has recently shown off its astonishing horsepower in a recent instagram post that comes after the vehicle just ran close to 300 MPH in May.

The production version of the SSC Tuatara debuted in 2020 with a twin-turbo 5.9L flat-plane crank V8 that made 1,750 horsepower on E85 and 1,350 hp using 91-octane fuel, and is built by Nelson Racing Engines. As a testament to its power, the engine builder recently uploaded a video of a dyno test, that has the Tuatara’s output reaching a max output over the 1,800 hp mark. Some commenters claim when they froze the screen they were able to read 1,889 on the dial in the bottom left corner.

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

Those numbers are insane, and to put it in perspective the upcoming 2023 Corvette Z06 which features a naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V8 is only capable of 670 horsepower. That’s a difference of over 1,200 horsepower and nearly 800 horsepower more than the C8 Zora. The SSC Tuatara will only get faster too as electrification and implementing all-wheel drive are already being developed.

In May, the SSC Tuatara was piloted by an American hyper-car collector Larry Caplin at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where the Tuatara reached 295 MPH in under 3-miles (2.3 miles) leading many to believe a speed over 300 mph is not only attainable, but a realistic goal to surpass. This comes as other brands such as Bugatti have officially retired from trying to build the fastest four-wheeled vehicles on the planet, after their hyper-car, the Chiron, surpassed the 300 mph mark posting 304.7 mph with a special version of the hypercar.

While these specs are incredible, perhaps you’re more utilitarian in how you acquire your performance, and only need an engine capable of 1,000 horsepower to be happy. In that case, we point you to the Chevy ZZ632 crate engine, and you can put it in whatever it will fit in.

Written by Cody U.

Cody is a Tennessee-based media professional with a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He has spent time as a country radio morning show producer and currently writes for MC&T as an outlet to geek out over cool cars, trucks, and utility vehicles.

Originally from California Cody has an appreciation for all-electric vehicles but a soft spot for the rumble of an all-American V8 muscle car. His dream car remains a 2007 Ford Mustang Bullitt. His fascination with all things cars stems from countless trips to car shows and watching car movies, of course.

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