Record Breaking Top Speed Run for the SSC Tuatara


Alex Barbarisi, Staff Writer

Last week, on October 10, 2020 the SSC Tuatara broke the record for the fastest production car on Nevada’s State Route 160.  The Tuatara not only broke the former record of 304.77 mph by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, but destroyed this record by a considerable amount.  

For a record to be counted a vehicle must do a speed run in both directions and the average is taken between the two runs.  The Tuatara averaged 316.11 mph between both runs.  In the first of the two runs Oliver Webb, the driver of both these runs, topped out at 301 mph.  The second run was more impressive, where the Tuatara reached 331.15 mph.  Oliver Webb also is reported saying he believes the car “had more”, referring to how much faster the Tuatara is capable of.  

The Tuatara is made by the small company named SSC, which was originally formed by Carroll Shelby, is not a newcomer in the production car top speed race.  They formerly held the record with the SSC Ultimate Aero TT of 258 mph in 2007. 

The Tuatara was a great jump in the top speed race, formerly the fastest any production car has ever gone was 305 mph.  The Tuatara went more than 25 mph more than this past record by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which was set less than two months ago. 

From 2005-2017 the record for fastest car only increased by 24 mph over the full 12 years.  SSC shows the impressive engineering that goes into their cars by pulling ahead in the production car top speed record by 25 mph in only two months and this shows how advanced their cars are compared to their competitors.