The SSC Tuatara, the controversial American hypercar powered by a flat-cranked 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out 1,750 horsepower on E85, faces another setback in its quest to prove its performance.
In a report by The reader (video of the crashed Tuatara from the tow yard pictured above), the Tuatara survived an accident while in transit on a car transporter in Utah. The accident happened on April 13 when the car transporter was overturned on its side by high winds on I-15.
And yes, it’s the Tuatara # 001 owned by Larry Caplin – the same car and driver combo that won the title of fastest production car in January.
Apparently the Tuatara and the SSC team are on their way to Florida for the second scheduled 300 km / h race, which was due to take place on April 17. , Said Jarod Shelby, owner of SSC The reader.
SSC faced several setbacks in claiming the throne of the fastest production car with the SSC Tuatara. First, his run at the top speed of 316 miles per hour (508 kilometers per hour) in Nevada was fraught with doubt, prompting SSC to re-race at the John Bohmer Proving Grounds.
The SSC team was then successful, averaging 282.9 mph (455.2 km / h) for two passes (excluding the single-pass race of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ in 2019).
Then again, despite the tune-up, SSC was still not free from detractors. This is mainly because the Tuatara did not replicate Nevada’s first 300 km / h race, which does not clear doubts about the hypercar’s real capabilities. With this, SSC is still on the hunt to break the recorded 300 mph barrier, but it looks like this crash will be another huge setback for the company.
As shown in the photos sent to The reader, the Tuatara suffered heavy damage as a result of the incident. Shelby said The reader that the damage was purely cosmetic and that the chassis, transmission and suspension were not affected.
It looks like Shelby is still on the verge of beating the 300mph barrier, saying The reader that this setback just changed their timing.