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by Tim Beissmann

Initial high-speed testing of the Shelby SuperCars Tuatara has produced encouraging results.

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The US-designed hypercar is aiming to blast past the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport to become the fastest production car in the world. SSC engineers were let loose on a closed public road as they tested the seven-speed transmission’s new gear ratios. They determined 0-200mph sprints were the best way to put it through its paces. We like their style.

If you’re thinking ‘that looks a lot like an SSC Ultimate Aero’, you’re right. SSC says its engineers are developing a few last sub-assemblies from the Ultimate Aero for transfer into the final Tuatara performance package.

“Testing showed that second-gear starts achieved the best test results as SSC averaged six individual 0-200mph test runs, each unofficially clocked under 16 seconds,” the company said in a statement.

“SSC was surprised at how quickly the Ultimate Aero reached 200mph, but more importantly the team has now determined what they feel is the perfect gear ratios for the new seven-speed Tuatara transmission.”

To become the world’s fastest production car, the SSC Tuatara will need to beat the Veyron Super Sport’s speed of 431.072km/h. SSC has set its sights on reaching 275mph (443km/h) in the 993kW 7.0-litre V8-powered Tuatara.




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