SSC Gave the Track-Only Tuatara 500 More Horsepower


SSC Gave the Track-Only Tuatara 500 More Horsepower

The SSC Tuatara is one of the more extreme cars on sale right now. With a 1750-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 and a verified top speed of 282 mph, there isn’t much else out there that can compete. If you think those numbers just aren’t extreme enough, don’t fret. The company has just revealed two new variants of the car, each more extreme than the next.

The first, dubbed the Tuatara Striker, gets a heaping of added downforce over the normal car thanks to a new fixed rear wing with an added active element, a vertical stabilizer, a large splitter, dive planes, vaned side rockers, and an augmented diffuser out back. SSC claims approximately 1100 pounds of downforce across the car at 160 mph—triple what the base car produces at the same speed. The weight is distributed 45.4-percent front and 54.6-percent rear, “ensuring optimized balance, predictability, and exceptional confidence in stability,” according to SSC. The 1750-hp drivetrain remains unchanged, suggesting top speed is down versus the standard car thanks to all the additional drag (SSC did not release performance figures for the Striker). For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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