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Say Hello to the 275 MPH Tuatara
http://www.foxnews.com ^ | July 18,2011 | By Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Posted on 07/18/2011 7:59:15 AM PDT by Red Badger

Right now the fastest production car in the world is the hyper exclusive--and hyper expensive--Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which is capable of a top speed of 268 mph. The previous record holder was the less refined, yet still very capable, Ultimate Aero from America’s own Shelby SuperCars (SSC), which itself stole the record from the original Veyron.

Now SSC is set to reclaim the manufacturer of the world’s fastest production title from Bugatti with a brand new supercar, a supercar that will go by the name Tuatara (pronounced twu-tar-ah). Yes, SSC has taken a page out of Pagani’s book and given its latest supercar a name almost as strange as Huayra, but there is some reasoning behind the decision.

The name Tuatara was inspired by the Maori word for a lizard found in New Zealand. The Maori are the indigenous people of the tiny island nation. The Tuatara lizard boasts the fastest evolving DNA in the world, and this fast-paced evolution is something SSC’s designers think their new supercar encapsulates.

As the founder of SSC, Jerod Shelby explains: “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. 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 shear all-around performance. We felt that the fastest evolving DNA was a perfect definition of SSC’s latest project.”

Along with the new name, SSC also released more specs for its upcoming supercar. Its body will be composed entirely of carbon fiber and wrapped around a chassis made of the same stuff. The crash structures will be aluminum, however, though the wheels will also be made from carbon fiber.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: auto; bugatti; shelby

1 posted on 07/18/2011 7:59:23 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

That ought to get you down t o the corner Minit Mart........ and quickly.


2 posted on 07/18/2011 8:03:47 AM PDT by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: Red Badger

Buy an airplane so you can actually explore the performance envelope.


3 posted on 07/18/2011 8:03:55 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Red Badger

Kind of an odd name for a car.

A Tuatara is a lizard that isn’t particularly fast.


4 posted on 07/18/2011 8:04:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Red Badger

The only problem with this car is that it is propelled by a internal combustion engine, rather than a flux capacitor.


5 posted on 07/18/2011 8:05:04 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

All that money just so some kid can hit it with a shopping cart at the Kroger.


6 posted on 07/18/2011 8:06:24 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Red Badger

Why does “The Jerk” and the “Opti-Grab” come to mind with respect to the windshield wiper.


7 posted on 07/18/2011 8:07:15 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: DakotaRed

Bill Cosby:

I need a car that goes 200 mph.
To get to work...................


8 posted on 07/18/2011 8:08:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: Red Badger

Top Gear guys are going to wet their pants.


9 posted on 07/18/2011 8:09:31 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: cripplecreek

It sounds ‘exotic’.............


10 posted on 07/18/2011 8:09:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: Red Badger

Not many places to drive such a car. Buy an airplane for 1/10th the cost and get even more speed.


11 posted on 07/18/2011 8:11:22 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Red Badger
The Veyron SS is still a better looking car than this Shelby. And what type of bizarre, unexciting name is Twatara? The nickname is going to be a real winner.


12 posted on 07/18/2011 8:11:30 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Red Badger

13 posted on 07/18/2011 8:14:52 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Red Badger
The mighty tuatara.

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14 posted on 07/18/2011 8:17:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Red Badger
It looks a lot like a 1996 Mclaren F1.

Mclaren F1

15 posted on 07/18/2011 8:19:16 AM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: Nervous Tick

:-)

Here in the DC area I was driving a 89 SHO and I was going to purchase a new 250 HP sedan after work that day.

I was stuck on the Beltway in a five mile backup and next to me was a car like the one I was going to purchase. I realized how idiotic it was and bought a Hyundai that night.


16 posted on 07/18/2011 8:22:04 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: kosciusko51

Actually, I was thinking it looked a lot like Kimberly Guilfoyle...


17 posted on 07/18/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT by whatexit
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To: CodeToad

exactly. anything that fast has to sit so low to the ground that it isn’t really a “street car” anymore unless the only street you ever drive on is perfect and those kind of streets are becoming increasingly rare.


18 posted on 07/18/2011 8:23:54 AM PDT by RC one (DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT!)
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To: cripplecreek
The tuatara,for what it's worth, is not a lizard, but, rather, a "living fossil," a type of reptile more related to turtles, and also interesting in that it retains a pineal eye
19 posted on 07/18/2011 8:24:20 AM PDT by I-ambush (I didn't think, I never dreamed, that I would be around to see it all come true-McCartney and Wings)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Are you kidding? The Shelby looks like a land rocket. The Bugatti looks like a squashed bug.


20 posted on 07/18/2011 8:30:44 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: CodeToad

NO airplane at 1/10th that price is going anywhere near 268mph.


21 posted on 07/18/2011 8:31:15 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Red Badger

How can you NOT pick up chicks with that car?


22 posted on 07/18/2011 8:32:07 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Rennes Templar

That is in the optional time travel package. Even the time machine in the movie uses an internal combustion engine to get up to 88 miles per hour :)


23 posted on 07/18/2011 8:32:24 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: DakotaRed

[That ought to get you down t o the corner Minit Mart........ and quickly.]

I’m thinking down to the gas station quick, I wonder what the mileage is?


24 posted on 07/18/2011 8:34:31 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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25 posted on 07/18/2011 8:37:20 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: cripplecreek
A Tuatara is a lizard that isn’t particularly fast.

Yes but it only eats one quarter of its bodyweight a year.

If the car can match that, a Prius will look like a fuel hog.

26 posted on 07/18/2011 8:40:55 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: DaxtonBrown

depends on how you drive it. WOT probably measured in feet per gallon.

Cruzing down the highway at 70mph? teens per gallon would be my guess.


27 posted on 07/18/2011 8:41:53 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: DakotaRed
That ought to get you down t o the corner Minit Mart........ and quickly.

Yeah...but there's no room for groceries.

28 posted on 07/18/2011 8:42:16 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: razorback-bert

James May, their Speed King, has already said it’s not slippery enough to make 275, and he doesn’t believe it.


29 posted on 07/18/2011 8:44:25 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Rennes Templar; Flux Capacitor

Yeah, but you only need the vehicle to achieve 88 mph to make the jump to “time warp” speed.


30 posted on 07/18/2011 8:44:35 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: Nervous Tick

Now that, right there, is funny. No matter who you are!

[Post of the day...]


31 posted on 07/18/2011 8:45:53 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: cableguymn

:: teens per gallon would be my guess ::

As long as they are over 8-TEENS, dude!


32 posted on 07/18/2011 8:48:01 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: Red Badger
No steel in it. I hope it has very effective gorund effects. I do not understand the fins.

Keep it to the weight of a Lotus Elise, and they may have something. Its predecessor was 2,800 lbs. Veryon is over 4,000 lbs., probably inspired by a T-72.

33 posted on 07/18/2011 8:48:36 AM PDT by frithguild
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To: Lazlo in PA

Nice car,,, but that color scheme is hideous!


34 posted on 07/18/2011 8:48:55 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: max americana

>> How can you NOT pick up chicks with that car?

Well, if they’re fat, they won’t fit inside. Just to answer your question.


35 posted on 07/18/2011 8:51:07 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Red Badger

The nose reminds me of the Enzo.


36 posted on 07/18/2011 8:52:02 AM PDT by TexasM1A
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To: Oztrich Boy

May?
“Captain Slow”, as they call him?

You may mean Hammond.


37 posted on 07/18/2011 8:52:54 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Red Badger

Shelby SuperCars is based about 4 miles from me, and I have seen the Ultimate Aero at a car show here, but has the company ever actually sold one?


38 posted on 07/18/2011 8:54:11 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: DakotaRed
My ideal car would go 250......

thousand miles between servicing.

39 posted on 07/18/2011 8:57:27 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DakotaRed

Having a blowout at 268 mph will get into a grave pronto.


40 posted on 07/18/2011 9:06:08 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: razorback-bert

Captain Slow has a new record to aim for.


41 posted on 07/18/2011 9:14:43 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: cripplecreek

“A Tuatara is a lizard that isn’t particularly fast.”

I was wondering about this choice of name myself, but I think it’s the car’s appearance, not the speed. A tuatara has a third eye on the top of its head.


42 posted on 07/18/2011 9:42:49 AM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: Red Badger

Now give it a service ceiling of 20,000’ MSL and I’ll take TWO...


43 posted on 07/18/2011 9:45:58 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: SJSAMPLE
May? “Captain Slow”, as they call him? You may mean Hammond.

Nope. He means Captain Slow. They put him behind the wheel of a Veyron on a very long straight and he got quite fast.

44 posted on 07/18/2011 10:11:45 AM PDT by Vroomfondel
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To: Red Badger

This car is in my little town of 5000 or so.

http://www.vehix.com/articles/top-10-list/5-fastest-0-60-cars-you-can-legally-drive-on-the-road/2?cid=804


45 posted on 07/18/2011 10:18:38 AM PDT by badpacifist (All species have subspecies... in some species the subspecies appears to be the dominate one.)
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To: badpacifist
...my little town of 5000 or so.

Laguna Beach?...........

46 posted on 07/18/2011 10:20:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Really? What’s the price of that thing? (Hint: No one knows. They haven’t said.)


47 posted on 07/18/2011 10:20:27 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Vroomfondel; Oztrich Boy

That’s right.
I remember the episode. They had a closed track and he put it over 230mph or something even faster.

I stand corrected, Sir.


48 posted on 07/18/2011 10:40:00 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Captain Slow has a new record to aim for.

That is if he doesn't get lost on the track.

49 posted on 07/18/2011 1:31:41 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Red Badger

50 posted on 07/18/2011 8:48:17 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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