If 700 horsepower can be considered 'baby' in any way.
We live in the age of speed; whether it be internet connections or cars, everything is getting faster, and the 1,750 horsepower SSC Tuatara is officially the fastest around after a recent record-setting desert dash. It has taken the company almost a decade to bring into production, but now that it's finally here, the world can't get enough. The first of these all-American hypercars was delivered in January of this year, and according to SSC, only 100 will ever be built, which has left many a fan and potential customers disappointed. But there is some good news on the horizon: SSC has been planning a "Little Brother" to compete with less potent supercars such as the McLaren 765LT.
"We haven't been interested in an SUV, but we have had a drawing board over the last few years with what we call the 'Little Brother Project,'" Shelby told CarBuzz in an interview. "[It] would be a car that looks very much like the Tuatara, but it would be in the 600 to 700 horsepower range, and sit in a price point where a much larger percentage of the population can afford [it]. We're talking a $300,000 to $400,000 car."
This will make the SSC brand more accessible to the growing hypercar market, but the Little Brother project will, unfortunately, have to take a back seat for now, as SSC Tuatara reaches full production capacity. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works for SSC, with the full production run of 25 cars per year only planned for 2022, with 20 Tuataras already being spoken for.
"Instead of one-tenth of 1% of the population that can afford a Tuatara or any of these hypercars, [the Little Brother Project] would make it more in that range where you might see three or four in a lot of cities," Shelby explained.
What we know is that the Tuatara is a magnificently powerful machine, and is motivated by an insane SSC-developed 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 that kicks out 1,350 hp on pump fuel, and well over 1,700 hp on E85. What is not yet clear is how much the Little Brother's engine will have in common with the Tuatara, and engine builders Nelson Racing Engines has been tight-lipped about the subject. While the Tuatara cost's close to $2 million, the Little Brother will cost much less with more than 100 units being offered to the public.