In various workshops and laboratories, we find vehicles that can overcome 1,235 km/h on land, ie the speed of sound. But these are machines that are far from cars, rather they are rockets on wheels, in which the ride is possible only in a straight line and with parachutes required to break successfully. In the world of cars, a speed of 500 km/h applies for a mythical goal.
Now it was overtaken by the almost unknown American hypersport SSC Tuatara. It thus became the fastest production car in the world. This means that there will be more of these cars made and you will be available to buy them. Well, at least if you got £1 million ($1.3 million) to spare.
Bugatti and Koenigsegg competed at a distance.
Nowadays, the limit of maximum speed, which the Bugatti concern brand with its Veyron model or its successor called Chiron is most famous for, is also being pushed gradually. A new competition has also appeared, for example from Koenigsegg. However, the title of the fastest car in the world is now not held by a single model of these cars, but by the new, mighty SSC Tuatara.
If the name of the car doesn’t tell you anything, you’re definitely not alone. It is a creation of the car manufacturer SSC North America, which specializes in sports cars. It dates back to 1998 and is headquartered in Washington.
But let’s get to the car itself, which holds many records. However, the latter received much media attention. As I took a bite in the introduction, this is currently the fastest car in the world. The record is measured twice, in both directions. Subsequently, the measured data are averaged to get confirmed result. SSC Tuatara recorded a top speed of 508.73 km / h, although one of the rides speed was even higher.
In the first section, the twice-supercharged eight-cylinder with unbelievable 1775 horsepower was able to get the car up to 484.53 km / h, but in the case of the second race, the car reached a speed of 532.93 km / h. To give you a better idea, most airliners have a take-off speed in the range of 250-330 km / h, which they have to pick up on the runway.
Almost exactly one year ago, the Bugatti Chiron drove at 490 km / h, however it was a significantly modified version of the car. The car was ten centimeters longer and a completely different engine was working under the hood. Specifically, four times supercharged eight-liter sixteen-cylinder with an output of 1600 horsepower.
Confirmation came on Monday when SSC shattered expectations with the announcement of its 316.11-mph (508.73-km/h) two-way world record. That’s nearly 12 mph (19 km/h) faster than the Bugatti Chiron hit last year … and the Tuatara crossed the 300-mph barrier twice in an hour.
After the first run of 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h), Webb dialled it up and absolutely torched the return run to the tune of 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h) – and he thinks he could have gone even faster.
“There was definitely more in there; I know we could have gone faster,” says Webb. “As I approached 331 mph, the Tuatara climbed almost 20 mph within the last five seconds. The car wasn’t running out of steam yet. The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realizing the car’s limit.”
Either way, the current king of speed is the American carmaker, which has sent a breathtaking value of maximum speed into the imaginary ring. SSC Tuatara is the new world’s fastest production car reaching over 500km/h and it will be hard for other production carmakers to vanquish this beast. We will see how the competition in the form of Bugatti, Hennessey and the mentioned Koenigsegg will react.
An amazing video has come out recently from a popular car enthusiast YouTuber TheStradman racing his Bugatti Veyron vs the new SSC Tuatara at US Eastern Oregon Regional Airport.