Shelby Super Cars finally came up with a name for its Bugatti SS-rivaling Ultimate Aero replacement. They call it the… Tuatara.
They were apparently inspired by Pagani Huayra and wanted a memorable name. It doesn’t matter if it’s unpronounceable or if it’s plain ridiculous! Tuatara apparently means lizard in New Zealand.
They’ve taken their sweet time this car because the Tuatara is ought to beat Bugatti Veyron SuperSport’s speed record by achieving 275 mph. The Tuatara is not completely finished yet and some things might still change, but up until now we know that it gets a twin-turbo 7 liter v8 engine developing a colossal 1,350 hp.
Unlike the Bugatti which is four-wheel-drive, the Tuatara will be rear-wheel-drive and the power will be fired upon them via either a seven-speed manual or sequential gearbox. The high-tech body and chassis of the car will be made form a blend of aluminum and carbon fiber. Unlike the Ultimate Aero which was just fast and as ugly as hell, the Tuatara will be both fast and good-looking thanks to a design from Jason Castriota.
The Tuatara might or might not be able to beat the mighty Bugga. Still, it is a great effort and a big achievement for Shelby Supercars. It is a proper hyper car that America can be proud of.