Tuatara Supercar Will Hit 275 MPH
Rumors about the Tuatara supercar designed by Shelby Supercars are unconfirmed, but some reports are citing the new model as being able to reach a roaring 275 mph, TG Daily reported Monday.
The previous record-holder for the world’s fastest car was the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, clocking in at a top speed of 268 mph. Before that, another SSC supercar held the title, with the Ultimate Aero reaching speeds of 257 mph.
Now, the American manufacturer is set to reclaim the title with a supercar based on an entirely new design. According to SSC, this is what makes the Tuatara such a unique development.
“Most manufacturers essentially use the same basic model and body shape for up to 10 years, while only making small refinements to it each year,” said SSC founder Jerod Shelby. “After only three years in production with the Ultimate Aero, SSC’s Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and sheer all-around performance.”
Motor Authority reports SSC’s name for Tuatara was inspired by the Maori word for a lizard native to New Zealand. The Tuatara lizard has the fastest evolving DNA in the world, Motor Authority said.
According to TG Daily, some of the new features of the Tuatara include carbon fiber wheels, a seven-speed manual transition and a 7.0 liter V-8 engine with 1,350 horsepower.