SSC’s Tuatara may have had the Bugatti Chiron feeling quite nervous. This is due to the fact that the Tuatara has apparently accelerated from 60 mph to 120 mph in just 2.5 seconds. I can barely finish munching a chip in 2.5 seconds, so achieving this feat is really quite impressive. If attaining this feat was not enough, SSC honcho Jerod Shelby told TopGear about the Tuatara’s passing power, and suffice to say, the power this car holds is truly astonishing.
The Tuatara is a speed-demon, this is not even news at this point, and the data that was sent from the Tuatara to its master tuner only confirms this fact. Armed with a 5.9 litre V8 which produces a staggering 1750 hp (with E85 fuel) the Tuatara is a vehicle on a mission, and I am sure, that the entire automotive world is keenly awaiting the Tuatara to test its top speed, now that it has found a flat long road where they can let the Tuatara loose.
But there is time before that happens, instead, SSC honco Jerod Shelby brings some interesting news for us. Shelby had noticed that during the tests, the Tuatara was not hitting the 8,500 rpm mark, feeling concerned, he sent the data from the Tuatara to the master tuner. The tuner studied the data and he told Shelby, “Do you realize that you’re going from 60 mph to 120 mph in 2.5 seconds flat in a couple of these pulls? I believe even Shelby would have been pleasantly surprised to know this, but it gets better, as the master tuner told Shelby that hitting these kind of numbers was particularly impressive, owing to the fact that the Tuatara is a 2WD.
Normally, accelerating to such speeds in such little time is possible, only if the vehicle is a 4WD sports car, but the Tuatara is not, so this just goes on to show that the engineering behind this vehicle is extraordinary, and I hope that the Tuatara achieves many extraordinary feats as well.
With 1750 hp, a weight of just 1247 kgs and an ability to run down 60mph to 120mph in 2.5 seconds, the SSC Tuatara is hoping to break the Bugatti Chiron’s top speed record, and by doing so it will establish itself as the world’s fastest car. I guess now all we have to do is wait until SSC tests the vehicle’s top speed, and we will know whether we will have a new ‘fastest car’ or will the Chiron continue to remain undefeated.