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October 20, 2020

By: Sinjin

CARS

Full Throttle To A World Record At 319 MPH!

From the days of cavemen to the days of settlers on horses to the modern-day modern automobile, mankind has been chasing their need for speed since the beginning. It’s a simple quest, get from point A to point B faster than anyone else. But the chase for the title of world’s fastest production vehicle isn’t so simple and isn’t so easy. In the era of the “Super Car”, speed freaks every year or so come blazing past the competition to raise the bar.

Now the title of Worlds Fastest Production Car is coming back to America by the hands of Shelby Super Cars and their Tuatara. Now officially announced and confirmed, with British racing driver Oliver Webb behind the wheel, SSC claimed has taken the crown from Bugatti. Speeding past Bugatti’s Go-Faster Chirons record of 304.77, the Tuatara had a v-max speed of 331 mph and a two way average of 316.11 mph. Before you read any further, in order to get the full effect of this epic feat, you have to see it for yourself. Your ears will thank you.

If you’re done picking up your jaw from the floor, the SSC team set the record in two directions through two different pulls, something that Bugatti had failed to do when they took the title. This isn’t the first time SSC has done this and stolen it from the legendary hypercar maker. Back in 2007, they did just the same thing. The Tuatara’s first-run hit a speed of 301.07, but even with that eye-watering speed, their work wasn’t done yet.

 

Webb turned around and pinned the peddle down until the speedometer showed 331.15 mph, and giving SSC an average speed of 316.11 mph. Pretty fast, right? Well after typing away on the computer and going over the data, SSC believes that there is still another 15 mph to be had. After all, in the final 5 seconds of the run, the Tuatara gained another 20 MPH before Webb lifted his foot from the pedal.

This speed champ is powered by a 5.9 liter 360 cu. in. flat-plane crank V8 engine from Nelson Racing Engine that gulps in E85 and pumps out 1,750 hp. All the power in the world won’t give you the championship belt though, they went after one of the most notorious hypercars and their power-to-weight ratio. The Koenigsegg One:1, named after it’s 1:1 ratio. Bringing down the scale and bringing up the power, the Tuatara has a 1.4:1 power-to-weight ratio. What does that mean? That means it has otherworldly speed!

 

The chase for the fastest production car is far from over and the speed superpowers out there show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. It’s only a matter of time till this record is smashed and the speed boundary for production cars keeps getting pushed further and further.

 

Photo credit: TopGear.com and James Lipman from SSC 

 

 

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