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Everyone loves a good superlative. Whether something’s the biggest, tallest, longest or strongest, words ending in “-est” connote superiority and inspire awe. Of course in the world of automobiles it seems like everyone wants to be the “fastest.”
Looking very much like it belongs there, the Shelby Supercars (SSC) Tuatara has been shown for the first time in North America on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
With SSC’s previous model, the Ultimate Aero TT, having been highly criticized for its kit-car looks, the American supercar maker hired the talents of Jason Castriota (formerly of Pininfarina) to design what SSC claims will be the world’s fastest car. Powered by a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the car will reportedly make as much as 1,350-hp. With a curb weight of 2,654 lbs it should hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 275 mph.
SSC’s previous supercar hit a top speed of 257-mph, taking the title of the world’s fastest production car from the Bugatti Veyron. Bugatti has since reclaimed the title, however, with a 267-mph run.
GALLERY: Shelby Supercars SSC Tuatara
If there was ever a scenario to prove that competition brings out the best in people, this is it. Shelby Supercars’ (SSC) has teased the world with its Ultimate Aero II, the successor to the Ultimate Aero TT. You see, the Ultimate Aero TT used to be the fastest production car in the world holding a 256 mph record. That is until Bugatti took their Veyron Super Sport and hit an astonishing 267.81 mph record.
And instead of SSC fine-tuning and tweaking their Ultimate Aero TT to take back the record, they decided to just build something bigger, better, badder and faster – hoping to leave Bugatti in the dust for quite a while. The car doesn’t officially launch for another few days, but it was unveiled to a select few out in Monterey. They captured the unveiling on video, but never actually display the vehicle, just the over-the-top reactions from its attendees.
But now there’s at least a video that reveals its edgy design (a massive improvement over the current kit-car styled SSC) that only has one thing on its mind: to take back the production car speed record. And even though the general public doesn’t really reap the rewards of this competition between Bugatti and SSC – since we don’t quite have a chance to go over 250 mph on a daily basis – there’s a bit of giddiness knowing these two superpowers are willing to battle it out.
When Bugatti unveiled the new Veyron Super Sport by announcing it had reclaimed the record as the world’s fastest production vehicle, the former record holder, Shelby Supercars (SSC), welcomed the challenge. Announcing that it would seek to top that record, SSC has also announced it will debut a new car (or at lest a new design) in order to do so.
SSC has now released the first teaser image of the upcoming successor to the Ultimate Aero, designed by none other than Jason Castriota who is known for having penned the famous Pininfarina P4/5 for James Glickenhaus.
Accompanying the photo are the words “The next generation is coming soon…” and, “Because life begins at 250.”
Set to debut in September, we expect the record setting attempt won’t be for quite a while after that, but we’ll be sure to keep on top of this story to see how long the Veyron Super Sport’s record stays intact.
As one of the lead-up events to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, The Quail, is quickly emerging as a rival venue showcasing vehicles both classic and modern. This year, The Quail landed a coup, with the world premiere of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – the world’s fastest production car.
Rather than the ostentatious orange and black model that achieved the record setting 267.81-mph time, Bugatti instead showed off a deep blue carbon fiber Super Sport. As for what makes it so super, well, the quad-turbo W16 engine gets even more power (1,200-hp to be exact), while the body was reworked for an even more aerodynamic shape.
Be sure to check out our extensive gallery below and try to ignore the unfinished Bugatti stand that’s covered in wet grass – we were too eager to get these pics up to wait. Besides, at The Quail that grass probably costs almost as much as the Veyron.
GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport at The Quail
GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport at Pebble Beach
Bugatti will give the first official showing of the world record holding Veyron Super Sport at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering later this month. Held on the Friday prior to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it’s worth noting that this venue was chosen over the headline event of the week.
Bugatti recently made the official announcement of the 1,200-hp quad-turbo W16 engined SuperSport model in a big way by reclaiming the top speed record for a production car. The Veyron Super Sport ran an outrageous 267.81 mph time, giving Bugatti back the title from the after the original Veyron’s 253.81 mph speed was topped by upstart American supercar maker SSC with its 256.12 mph run.
AutoGuide will be on hand and we’ll be sure to provide you with an excessive number of photos of the world’s fastest car. We’re excited to see just what the display car will look like as Bugatti has informed us that an all-new model, and not the orange and black record-setting model, will take center stage at the Bugatti display.
GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron SuperSport
Bugatti has done it again, setting a new record for the world’s fastest production car at an astonishing 267.81 mph. That time gives Bugatti back the title, after the original Veyron’s 253.81 mph speed was topped by upstart American supercar maker SSC with its 256.12 mph run.
Official test diver Pierre Henri Raphanel set the record attempt on Volkswagen‘s official Ehra-Lessian high-speed test track, with both the Guinness book of records and the German Technical Inspection Agency (TÜV) there to record the feat.
The car used is the new Super Sport model, a more powerful version of the Veyron, boasting 1,200-hp and a modified aero kit.
According to Guinness rules, the car made two runs (265.9 and 269.8 mph), which are then averaged out for the 267.81 mph speed. Production models won’t, however, be quite as fast, with their top speed limited to “just” 257.9-mph.
Bugatti will build a limited edition number of the Super Sport models, with the first five receiving the same black carbon fiber and orange paint scheme. The new car will go on display for the first time at Pebble Beach in August.
GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record
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