Shelby Super Cars Might Actually Be Making Another Car

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

For a brief period, the title of “World’s Fastest Production Car” was held by Shelby Super Cars, a Washington-based manufacturer that many had never heard of before.

SSC is owned and operated by Jerod Shelby, who is not related to Carol Shelby, confusingly. The automaker’s first car was the Ultimate Aero, a working test prototype for which was first shown in 2004. After it replaced the supercharged V8 with a twin-turbo powerplant, the Ultimate Aero set the Guinness World Record for production car top speed, clocking in an averaged pace of 256 mph. That was back in 2007, and to be honest, we haven’t heard much from SSC since then. Until now, that is.

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SSC’s social media pages went black in 2014, but they were recently updated with the photo above, which appears to hint at a new SSC model. This actually isn’t the first time we’ve heard of SSC’s proposed second car. The company shared details on the vehicle, which is to be called the Tuatara, way back in 2011, but it was suspected to have been killed off after SSC went quiet. It now seems as though the Tuatara has been given a second life, and SSC promises we’ll be seeing it sooner rather than later.

SSC previously indicated the Tuatara would be powered by a 6.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making 1,350 horsepower. It also intended for the vehicle to be much lighter than the Ultimate Aero thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum in the chassis. Preliminary performance specs were ambitious to say the least: 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and a top speed of 276 mph. It’s not clear if any of these specifications have changed in the past few years, but they’ll need similar performance stats if they want to pull attention away from Bugatti and Koenigsegg.

Stay tuned for more info on SSC’s resurgence as it becomes available.

[Source: Carscoops]

Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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