Only ten examples will be built.
At the start of the year, SSC North America smashed the production car speed record with the Tuatara hypercar, achieving a two-way average speed of 282.9 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was SSC's second attempt at breaking the 300-mph barrier after inconsistencies were found in last year's 331-mph speed record. SSC is still planning to attempt another 300+ mph speed record, but the Hennessey Venom F5 could beat SSC to it.
Before the next record attempt, SSC has unveiled two surprise new variants of the American hypercar: say hello to the track-focused SSC Tuatara Striker and Tuatara Aggressor.
"The Tuatara is designed and built to be a show of force wherever it goes. Whether it's a drive through town, a high-speed pass down a runway, or laps around a technical track, it excels at whatever the driver engages the car to do," says Founder and CEO Jerod Shelby.
For the Striker variant, SSC has added some aggressive aero components including a fixed wing, active rear wing, vertical stabilizer, and a rear diffuser. These enhancements increase the downforce to around 1,100 pounds at 160 mph. New side rockers, a prominent front splitter, and front dive planes balance the downforce, with 45.4 percent sent to the front axle and 54.6 percent to the rear axle, increasing the stability. Inside, the interior can be customized with an optional exposed carbon fiber dashboard and Alcantara trim.
Like the regular Tuatara, the Striker is powered by a 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 generating up to 1,750 horsepower on E85 fuel. All that power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed manual transmission. If that's not enough power for you, the Aggressor variant increases the output to 2,200 horsepower while retaining the Striker's aero enhancements.
Unlike the Striker, the Aggressor is a track-only weapon with "nearly limitless performance, appearance, and experience options" unavailable for the street-legal Tuatara. This variant also includes a five-point race harness and customizable racing seats.
"Taking the pure, slippery speed form of Tuatara and transforming into the ultimate track weapon was a dream assignment," said the Tuatara's designer, Jason Castriota. "Every aesthetic change and aero element has a distinct purpose to create downforce with minimum drag penalty and the added benefit of giving the car an incredibly aggressive and purposeful aesthetic. All told we spent over 1,000 hours in CFD to fine-tune the aero package which delivers nearly three times the downforce of the high-speed package at 160 mph. The end result is a design that is equally dramatic and pure as the high-speed record car, but with a unique character all its own."
Production of the standard Tuatara and Tuatara Striker is limited to 100 units, while the Tuatara Aggressor will be restricted to just ten examples.