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The Hypercar Has Officially Suprassed Its Own Record

SSC Tuatara
Image via SSC

In just 2.3 miles of tarmac, the SSC Tuatara – with its new exhaust – achieved the monumental speed of 295 miles per hour on May 14, 2022. Driving the SSC Tuatara was again Dr. Larry Caplin, who already has taken delivery of the very machine that he was controlling. The achievement took place at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida. Verifying the data were two Racelogic VBOX GNSS systems onboard the Tuatara, a Life Racing GPS unit, Racelogic technician Mitchell Townsend and independent analyst Robert Mitchell.

“The sheer rate of acceleration that the Tuatara was producing all the way through 295 mph really told us that this car is not even close to reaching its ceiling. All the data and imagery has given us a clear picture that the limiting factor wasn’t the car, but the fact that we ran out of runway,” said SSC North America founder and CEO Jerod Shelby. “Our goal has been to actualize transparent data that shows what the Tuatara is capable of. We have finally achieved that goal, and in a remarkably short distance.”

The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida is famously known as the the Space Shuttle landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center. To achieve a new SSC Tuatara top speed record, the team had to max out every inch of the space, using 1,000 feet of asphalt runoff area on both sides, as well as the runway’s 15,000-feet of saw-cut concrete. 3,800 feet of that space was used for a braking zone.

SSC Tuatara Top Speed Run 295 MPH
Image via SSC North America

Not Done Yet

The SSC Tuatara top speed likely has more to give, and while Dr. Caplin holds claim to piloting the hypercar to 295 mph, other customers are collaborating with SSC on what to do next when it comes time to take delivery of their own cars. Will we see a future attempt at 300 mph again? It feels likely, but we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we? The Nürburgring is also on the table.

SSC Tuatara: Details

Over a decade in the making, the Washington-built SSC Tuatara hypercar has the fingerprints of some of America’s automotive greats. Its design was penned by Jason Castriota, while its shape has a drag coefficient of 0.279 in its high-speed configuration. Meanwhile, the SSC Tuatara Striker and Aggressor deliver on higher levels of downforce, and more track-focused capabilities. Behind the cockpit is a twin-turbo Nelson Racing Engines V8 that produces 1,750 horsepower on E85 or Methanol, and 1,350 horsepower on 91 Octane. That power is transferred to a CIMA 7-Speed electronically controlled transmission working, while an Automac AMT system actuates operations, automatic clutch management, and active aerodynamics.

SSC Tuatara Top Speed Run 295 MPH

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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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.

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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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