But how fast will it really go?
Earlier this year, Shelby Super Cars (SSC) finally delivered the first example of its latest supercar, the Tuatara. The eager first customer took delivery of America's latest world-beating supercar, which is powered by a 5.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing a whopping 1,750 horsepower (when using E85). SSC has not conducted any official top speed runs with the car nor has it published the official top speed number.
But the mission of this car is singular - dethrone the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ as the fastest production car in the world. SSC has published a short video of the Tuatara on a closed road, teasing the car's tremendous speed.
This is not the first time we've heard the Tuatara's incredible V8 engine at full tilt but it is the first time we've seen in it in the car and out on the road instead of on a dyno stand. SSC doesn't share how fast the car goes in the video but simply says, "Here is a little speed to brighten your day..." with the hashtags #ssctuatara #lifebeginsat300 #yearofthetuatara.
Even though the car is only moving in a straight line, the car appears to be going fast enough that the test driver is gripping pretty tightly at the steering wheel. At speeds of over 200 mph, going in a straight line becomes a fairly difficult task.
In order to defeat the Bugatti, the SSC Tuatara will need to go faster than 304.773 miles per hour. It will also have to contend with the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, which Christian von Koenigsegg says can potentially hit 330 mph. For SSC to claim the record, it will need to find a stretch of road flat enough and long enough to sustain more than 300 mph. Bugatti is fortunate enough to have access to Ehra-Lessien, which contains a 5.4-mile straight that is perfectly flat. If SSC can find an appropriate road, we expect a top speed run to take place soon.