The first time we heard about the American supercar SSC Tuatara was three years ago. They announced this car as America’s weapon of choice to snatch the world speed record for production cars back from the Germans. It could potentially do that, but they didn’t have a factory to build the car in.
That problem is now being solved as the company has reportedly secured enough funds to start the construction of the new factory in August. If everything goes according to plan, the facility should be ready in early 2015, and the first production Tuataras will roll off the line close to the end of that year.
So those who fancied the SSC Tuatara are going to have to wait another two years to see it on the road. The thing is, cars like the Tuatara are already outdated and will probably become obsolete by 2016. Even Bugatti is planning a hybrid replacement for the Veyron. So the whole thing for SSC may turn out to be an exercise in futility.
The proposed specs for the SSC Tuatara back in 2011 suggested the Bugatti Veyron SS-rivaling super car would have 1,350 horsepower from a turbocharged V8 engine, and that it would be significantly faster than the Bugga’s record of 270 mph. It is not clear yet if the final production version will remain loyal to those numbers.