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The Record-Running Car Had To Be Repaired After A Highway Accident

SSC Tuatara Top Speed Run Record 300 MPH Hypercar Supercar
Image via SSC

SSC North America has been pretty quiet since earlier this year. Following a controversial speed run last year, the SSC Tuatara nevertheless managed to set a new production car top speed record in just 2.3 miles of tarmac at Florida’s Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in January, reaching 286 mph. Founder and CEO Jerod Shelby explained in an interview with MC&T that the plan is to hit 300 miles per hour in that same stretch, before going on to test the theoretical top speed limits of the Tuatara, which is estimated to be 345 miles per hour.

The team was well on their way to doing just that over the spring time. However, the vehicle carrier that was transporting the record-setting SSC Tuatara flipped, due to high winds while passing through the state of Utah. The vehicle was heavily damaged, and sent SSC into a scramble to repair the car, setting back the next record run attempt.

However, there’s good news to report in regards to the next SSC Tuatara record run: it’s back on track.

“What I can tell you now is that we’ve recovered from this accident, and we’re in the process of setting up a 300 mph run currently,” an SSC North America engineer answered during a Q&A session on the company’s Instagram page, posted as a Story. Further details were not immediately disclosed.

The SSC Tuatara is powered by a 1,750 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 built by Nelson Racing Engines, and carries a price tag of $1.9 million USD. Only 100 of them will be built, at a pace of 25 units per year.

The SSC Tuatara Striker and Aggressor models join the hypercar lineup as track-focused versions.
Image Via SSC.

SSC Tuatara, Striker, Aggressor Hypercars

The SSC Tuatara will also spin off two other variants of the 1,750 horsepower hypwercar: the high-downforce Striker, and the track-only Aggressor. While the Striker retains the same 1,750 horsepower rating as the standard SSC Tuatara, the Aggressor will have an output of 2,200 horsepower. Only 10 of these track-only machines will be built.

Customers will be treated to over 14 pages of unique options to choose from, with near-infinite levels of customization.

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

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.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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