The American hypercar, equipped with a 1,774 hp 5.9 twin-turbo V8, reached 508.73 km / h, with a peak of 532.93 km / h.
THE RECORD IS HIS AGAIN
Founded in 1998, American SSC made itself known around the world in 2007, when the Ultimate Aero supercar set the speed record for production cars with 412.28 km / h. The record was improved in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which in turn was ousted in 2017 by the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Now, however, the record is back in the United States, as the new SSC Tuatara hypercar reached 508.73 km / h. The car used for the record was strictly standard, with standard tires and non-race petrol.
The record was set by driver Oliver Webb, in the suburbs of Las Vegas, along a section of about 10 kilometers, closed to traffic, of State Route 160. Webb drove the SSC Tuatara in both directions, as expected. the regulation, in order to eliminate the effects of wear on the road surface and the wind, which can slow down or give more speed to the car: in the most favorable direction of travel, the Tuatara reached 532.93 km / h, measured by means of a Gps system; in the least, it stopped at 484.53 km / h. The average between the speeds in both directions, equal to 508.73 km / h, earned Tuatara the speed record for production cars.
FASTEST ON THE ROAD
During the session, the SSC Tuatara also set three lower records: the fastest top speed along a public road, equal to 532.93 km / h; the highest average speed along a kilometer of the public road, equal to 517.16 km / h; the highest average speed along a mile (about 1.6 km) of the public road, equal to 503.92 km / h.
BEST OF ESTIMATES – SSC Tuatara
has been able to achieve similar goals thanks to first-rate technical equipment. Like the carbon fiber frame, which helps keep the weight down to just 1,247 kg dry. Behind the cockpit is the mighty 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, a “monster” that produces 1,370 hp when powered by 91 octane petrol and 1,774 hp when on E85 ethanol. To connect the V8, which reaches 8,800 rpm of maximum speed, there is a 7-speed robotic transmission to the wheels. The SSC had estimated a maximum speed of 480 km / h for the Tuatara, but the actual speed was higher.
DAUGHTER OF THE WIND
The style of the SSC Tuatara is no less important than the technique because it must guarantee the right balance between stability and low resistance to advancement. The design bears the signature of Jason Castriota, an acclaimed American designer with a past at Pininfarina. The Tuatara is 463 cm long and has a carbon fiber bodywork which allows a particularly favorable drag coefficient (0.279) and can “slice through” the air, an essential skill when the goal is top speed. The removable rear wing is functional for this purpose: it pops out when the Tuatara has to reduce speed, but returns flush with the bodywork when the accelerator is pressed.