Update 2: SSC has gone for a top speed world record yet again and confirmed the results.
Update: Since this article was posted, this world record has been disputed.
There is now a new world's fastest production car and it just so happens to be the SSC Tuatara hypercar from the United States. The Tuatara is a 1,750 horsepower hypercar that will now go down in history after record-breaking high-speed passes by Oliver Webb.
The record-breaking runs took place outside of Las Vegas on a seven-mile stretch of State Route 160. With officials on hand to verify the world record, Webb took off to hit a top speed of 331.15 mph. He then had to complete a second pass within an hour and managed 301.07 mph. His average speed was 316.11 mph. This speed absolutely blows the Koenigsegg Agera RS's speed of 277.87 mph, leaving no doubt that the SSC Tuatara is the world's fastest production car.
“It’s been ten years since we held this record with our first car, the Ultimate Aero, and the Tuatara is leagues ahead. Its performance reflects the dedication and focus with which we pursued this achievement,” said Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC. “We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers, which is astonishing to do in a real world setting on a public road. America’s new claim to victory in the ‘land-based space race’ is going to be tough to beat.”
On top of being the world's fastest production vehicle, the SSC Tuatara also holds these world records now:
- “Fastest Flying Mile on a Public Road” at 313.12 mph (503.92 km/h)
- “Fastest Flying Kilometer on a Public Road” at 321.35 mph (517.16 km/h)
- “Highest Speed Achieved on a Public Road” at 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h)
Congratulations are in order for SSC North America for absolutely demolishing the previous world record and becoming the manufacturer of the world's fastest production car.