The automaker has released more information about the hypercar's custom intake system.
When it comes to supercars, you can't have too much of a good thing, right? Aiming to crash the Ferrari and Lamborghini party is SSC (Shelby Super Cars) North America with their dramatic SSC Tuatara. This is, of course, the same company that made the Ultimate Aero. As the first deliveries of the hypercar get underway, we're gradually learning more about this epic machine.
SSC has now released a new video of the Tuatara's unique intake system which "lends the powerplant the ability to perform in extreme conditions" and, thanks to an Instagram post by allcarnews, we've caught another glimpse of the Tuatara in a special spec, with this black version (with light blue accents) fitted with what's called the High Downforce package.
In the allcarnews Instagram post, the sinister black Tuatara is paired with a blue Alcantara and leather interior, along with carbon fiber trim. As the pictures reveal, there's a central, portrait-style touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster. An odd, square-shaped steering wheel with more of the eye-popping blue trim also stands out.
As we reported a few days ago, the Tuatara's numbers beggar belief. The 5.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 will pump out 1,750 horsepower on E85 gas and 1,350 hp on 91 octane. You'll only encounter the red line at 8,800 rpm, and the supercar will hit 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds. SSC also says that a top speed of over 300 mph is likely, and maybe enough to usurp the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ as the top speed king.
This is no fragile supercar, with SSC claiming that it can perform at extreme levels for extended periods.
In the newly released video for the supercar's intake system, we can see the dual water-to-air intercoolers which are said to allow for peak horsepower thanks to cool, dense, oxygenated air charge. Along with precision intake runners and dual throttle bodies, every aspect of the intake system has been designed to ensure maximum performance. In describing the intake system, the manufacturer promises that the car can withstand "extended full-throttle situations for track and top speed driving".
With nearly a decade of research and development going into the Tuatara, we really hope it succeeds. A price tag of around $2 million applies and a mere 100 models are expected to be built, so the SSC Tuatara will remain an extremely rare sight. Let's hope that the wait has been worth it.