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The 1,700-HP SSC Tuatara Is Returning At Pebble Beach

The followup to Jarod Shelby's Ultimate Aero could finally be ready.

Remember Shelby SuperCars? The American automaker (founded by Jarod Shelby, of no relation to Carroll) was responsible for some of the fastest hypercars ever to hit the road. It's been a while since we last heard anything about it, but SSC North America (as it's now known) is gearing up, at long last, to present its Tuatara in production form at Pebble Beach this month.

SSC first showcased the Tuatara as a concept seven years ago, previewing the successor to the Ultimate Aero with a completely fresh design by Jason Castriota (of Pininfarina and Bertone fame).

Inside the futuristic jet-inspired form sat a 6.9-liter twin-turbo V8 delivering 1,350 (and as much as 1,700) horsepower and 1,280 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a manual or sequential gearbox with seven speeds. It was earmarked to deliver a 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds and a top speed of 276 miles per hour, putting it in the same league as the Hennessey Venom, Koenigsegg Agera, and Bugatti Chiron.

Based in Washington state, Jarod Shelby and company seem to have encountered some trouble putting the Tuatara out on the road. But they now promise to reveal production plans during Monterey Car Week.

SSC will showcase the vehicle extensively over the course of the festivities at the Quail “motorsport gathering,” the Concorso Italiano, Exotics on Canary Row, and the “concept lawn” at the headline Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. We're looking forward to its presentation, and hopefully seeing what changes (if any) it's made over the course of the past several years – hard as it is to tell much from the teaser images. The manufacturer claims the Tuatara will boast “an unmatched drag coefficient, track-level handling characteristics, and a top speed that is projected to easily surpass the current world record.”

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