Skip to comments.Say Hello to the 275 MPH Tuatara
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 Americas own Shelby SuperCars (SSC), which itself stole the record from the original Veyron.
Now SSC is set to reclaim the manufacturer of the worlds 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 Paganis 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 SSCs 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, SSCs 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 SSCs 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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That ought to get you down t o the corner Minit Mart........ and quickly.
Buy an airplane so you can actually explore the performance envelope.
Kind of an odd name for a car.
A Tuatara is a lizard that isn’t particularly fast.
The only problem with this car is that it is propelled by a internal combustion engine, rather than a flux capacitor.
All that money just so some kid can hit it with a shopping cart at the Kroger.
Why does “The Jerk” and the “Opti-Grab” come to mind with respect to the windshield wiper.
I need a car that goes 200 mph.
To get to work...................
Top Gear guys are going to wet their pants.
It sounds ‘exotic’.............
Not many places to drive such a car. Buy an airplane for 1/10th the cost and get even more speed.
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.
Actually, I was thinking it looked a lot like Kimberly Guilfoyle...
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.
Are you kidding? The Shelby looks like a land rocket. The Bugatti looks like a squashed bug.