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SSC TUATARA HIGH SPEED RECORD WILL BE ATTEMPTED AGAIN

Controversy Surrounding The Original Run Means It Won’t Be Counted

SSC Tuatara Top Speed Record
Image Via SSC North America.

It’s certainly been a week for founder Jarrod Shelby and his company, SSC North America. They began the week with monumental news: The SSC Tuatara smashed the high speed record held by Koenigsegg on the same stretch of road that the Swedish supercar company did the deed: Nevada State Road 160, just outside the town limits of Pahrump, Nevada, which is home to Spring Mountain Motorsports Park. Then, Schmee (yes, Schmee), caught that something didn’t pass the sniff test just a day or two later. This put SSC in the hot seat, and subverted the trust in the claim, despite speeds tracked by GPS. The problem was, no third parties were on hand to validate the top speed production car record claim. As a result, SSC is running the whole thing back, and is going to do the record again.

Below is a video from Jarrod Shelby:

In the video, Shelby says that the SSC Tuatara will re-run the record attempt, and this time with “multiple” GPS systems in the hypercar, and plenty of third party members on site, so as to not leave doubts in the minds of vloggers. But more importantly, customers who would be shelling out a minimum of $1.625 million USD for the right to own the fastest road car on the planet. And Shelby openly called out and invited Schmee and company to attend the next attempt, which is said to be “int the near future.” These folks will likely be the necessary third-party witnesses required to certify the record.

According to Motor Authority, the data of the original record from October 10 will not be submitted to Guinness World Records, considering the controversy. Shelby also told the outlet that Guinness will not have a representative on site for the next record attempt.

It’s unconfirmed if racing driver Oliver Webb will be one piloting the SSC Tuatara in the next attempt.

The October 10th record run that won’t be counted is claimed to have clocked 301.07 mph in one direction and 331.15 mph in the opposite direction, for a two-way average of 316.11 mph.

SSC Tuatara
Image Via SSC North America.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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