CEO Jerod Shelby has responded to the Tuatara's top speed record controversy.
Last month, SSC North America made history when the Tuatara hypercar achieved a new production car top speed record, with a recorded average speed of 331.15 mph. This was fast enough to beat the previous 304.77-mph record top speed set by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which would be an impressive achievement for an established company like Bugatti or Koenigsegg - let alone a lesser-known supercar manufacturer like SSC.
The celebrations were short-lived, however. It didn't take long for skeptical YouTubers to question SSC's claims and accuse the manufacturer of faking the top speed record run after meticulously analyzing the video footage and finding inconsistencies in the video editing. Now, CEO, Jerod Shelby, has responded.
Setting the record straight, SSC admitted there was a video editing error that presented inaccurate information, but the speed was verified by telemetry data. In response to the controversy, SSC promised to release a new re-edited video to silence the critics. Going one step further, SSC has announced it will redo the top speed record attempt with the Tuatara to prove itself once and for all.
"We have to rerun the record. We have to do this again and do it in a way that it's undeniable and irrefutable," CEO Jerod Shelby said in a statement. "The more we tried to analyze, the more we were concerned there were doubts in the relationship between the video and the GPS. The perfect view I had of this record is now gone, and no matter what we do in the coming days to try and salvage this particular record, it's going to have a stain on it."
SSC hasn't announced when the Tuatara will re-attempt the top speed record, but the CEO assures it will happen "in the very near future." To prevent the same mistakes from happening in the next run, multiple GPS companies will be recording the data. "I want to make sure we have their staff on-site looking over our shoulders and analyzing every run, every detail. I want to do this not only for my staff and all the people that have been involved in this project for years but for our current and future customers."
Shelby is also inviting Tim Burton, Misha Charoudin, and Robert Mitchell, the three most vocal YouTubers that questioned SSC's claims, to witness the new record attempts. "I'd like you to be looking over our shoulder and verifying so that you can tell the world and the car community that you also are in awe over what this car is capable of," the CEO said.