2012 SSC Tuatara

2012 awaits the entry of the newest offering from Shelby Super Cars (SSC), the 2012 SSC Tuatara. This car is aimed to unseating the Bugatti Veyron SS as the fastest car in the world. Jerod Shelby, founder and CEO of SSC, unveiled the Tuatara in the presence of a few people from the industry. Jerod Shelby is not related to Carroll Shelby, the legend behind all those muscle cars. The name of this supercar is derived from the Maori language that describes a resident reptile from New Zealand, Tuatara, means “peaks at the back.”

Vehicle Type: SuperCar Base Price: $970,000.00
Engine: 7-liter quad cam, twin turbo V8 Horsepower: 1350 hp
Max RPM: 9000 rpm Curb Weight: 2646 lbs (1200 kg)
Displacement: 7-liter Aspiration: Turbo
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds Projected Maximum Speed: 275 mph (442 kmh) (Not yet tested!)

Shelby and his team of 16 engineers have put their skills together to produce a high performance production vehicle in the SSC Tuatara by highlighting this rear wheel drive, 1,350 horsepower speedster. SSC produced the Ultimate Aero that was able to topple the record established by the Bugatti Veyron. In 2007, the Ultimate Aero TT had a run of 256 mph on a four mile stretch of a Texas carriageway. The Volkswagen owned Bugatti, not to be denied, came back with the Veyron SS (Super Sport) and clocked a record 267 mph.

With the Tuatara, Shelby SuperCars intends to reclaim that distinction of being the fastest car in the world, by aiming for a record setting 275 mph.


As for the engine, Jerod Shelby’s team of engineers has come up with a rear wheel drive, quad cam (four valves per cylinder OHC), twin turbo V8 engine. This 7 Liter engine produces 1350 HP and revs up to 9000 rpm.

Braking is aided by traction control, ABS with servo assistance, and the use of carbon ceramic brakes by Brembo. It comes in at 2646 lbs (1200 kgs) curb weight, which puts it at 1407 lbs(638 kgs) lighter than the Veyron. Little, if any, change has been done on the suspension in which SSC keeps the coil over setup intact along with the triple plate carbon clutch mechanism.

Expectations are high on this new SSC Tuatara, with all those horses; zero to sixty mph should come in under 2.8 seconds. It has been claimed that its top speed will be at 275 mph, hang on to your seats for the final results.


The body design of the Tuatara was rendered by Jason Castriota, an Italian-American designer who has been instrumental in creating some of the best looking cars in the world. Among his creations include the best in the industry, Bertone, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, and Pininfarina. Castriota was unsure whether he wanted to take on the challenge presented to him by Jerod Shelby in designing this latest from SSC.

When he did take up the challenge, the result has become the ideal in combining form and function. The black teardrop shaped canopy splashed amid the white body provides a contrast in style and power. The classic shape allows it for a minimum of drag. Dihedral stabilizers (wings) add to the Tuatara’s performance and look. The winglets located in the rear not only improve aerodynamics, but also keeps the car together as it speeds up to 200 miles per hour.

Body and chassis are made of carbon fiber, except for those impact areas in the front and rear of the Tuatara. It also has oval cut outs in varying sizes that help release heat produced by the engine through the body. The Tuatara features an F-1 looking exhaust that functions as a diffuser in the rear. When looking down at this low slung supercar, the Tuatara can seem intimidating.


No one really knows what to expect what the interior of the Tuatara will look like. The total interior design has not been completed. It will have the necessary features in driving a two seater, such as the seatbelts and auto air-conditioner.

Speculation has it that the inside of the Tuatara will live up to its reputation in addition to providing easy viewing and access LCD central displays.

The Competition

There is little competition in this area of supercars. The SSC Tuatara is expected to be priced at $970,000, while the Bugatti Veyron SS rings the bell at $2.4 million. If you have extra to spend, the other potential alternative is the Koenigsegg Agera, $1.5 million.

Whichever way you go, you have an international choice at your disposal; the SSC Tuatara from the USA, Bugatti Veyron SS from Germany, and the Swedish Koenigsegg Agera. Whether you’re looking for a showroom vehicle or one for the racetrack, chances are the Tuatara will push its competitors once again to the limits, watch for this fastest evolving DNA creation from SSC.

  • David

    1.SSC Tuatara Supercar is the Fastest of the Street Legal of the Supercars of top ten in third Place too! The Top Speed is 275 M.P.H too! In the U.S.A too!

  • Ashwin

    I m a big fan of cars the bugati is the fastest car though i was quite impressed from ssc ultimate aero i dont like bugatti till today so my vote goes to ssc tuatura in reprenting the claim of worlds fastest car nd im sure it will be……:>

    • Jrin

      Nobody here even knows of the beast they call the hennissey venom gt, it will hit 275 and is the fastest car period, 0-200 15 sec Bugatti 24 sec! Damn!

  • nicolò de laurentis

    It’s the concept car of the supercar SSC Ultimate Aero.(FANTASTIC)!!


  • ……

    Finally another American car to beat all of those foriegn cars. Hopefully it will have a better interior like the veyrons’s. Veyron super sport and ssc tuatara arethe two best super cars in the world.

  • what they don’t say is bugatti has a pristine test track that will let the veyron get up to speed of about 120-130 mph before it hits the 5 mile straight away. bugatti won’t let any other car on their track to make it fair. all i say is if bugatti is the fastest then prove it under fair conditions. let other cars use your VW test track too

  • Viren

    bucati 100mph in 2.6 sec….then why ssc…………????????????

  • are you sure what are your talking about Kevin ayala? the hennesey venom gt only have 1200hp and ssc tuatara is 1350hp. you say hennesey venom gt is fastest huh?

  • Big DreDre

    @umang please stop
    your just band wagoning on a concept car that might not come out

  • Ryan Galligan

    Cool looking car, there are theories for everything a theory can only be true until it has been proven, they say it has a theoretical top speed of 275/mph, that does not matter because right the real record holder is the Bugatti Veyron SS. Also the exhaust on the new SSC look like a pair of balls. Just sayin’….

  • mike117a

    The look of the car is amazing but any car can sport looks nobody knows how it will test in the track. the veyron will most likwly keep its title but for how long is unknown

  • umang

    now i m changing my dream car from bugatti veyron ss to ssc tuatara

  • I just read an article at Jalopnik and it made me laugh like crazy.
    They said the exhaust looks like balls. Spaceballs. LoL!!!!!!

  • Tyler

    They Said Top Speed is yet to be tested -_- Read it. Look 270+ is high . Bugatti will reach 300 first.

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  • Oscar

    Untill this auto is tested alongside the Bugatti, lets keep the expectation light please.

  • Hmm…
    Perhaps they better make it faster than said. Tri-turbos?

  • SSC tuatara is the best than veyron SS

  • ssc tuatara beware of bugatti veyron SS or hennesey venom gt, this car is 2rd and 3rd world fastest car

  • i things bugatti veyron SS is fastest but no more now ssc tuatara is fastest