Two of what? No, it’s the Shelby Supercars Tuatara (pronounced “twu-tar-ah”), SSC’s newest superweapon in the top speed battle with Bugatti. As if SSC’s Ultimate Aero’s 257 mph was not enough, Jerod Shelby aims to re-trump Bugatti by overtaking the Veyron Super Sport, which topped out at a blistering 264 mph (otherwise known as airborne in our book). Well, photos have been released of the new SSC rocket before, but now the bizarrely exotic name has been released. Almost more obscure and just as hard to pronounce as the Pagani Huyara, the Tuatara is coined after a New Zealand lizard with the fastest adapting DNA of any creature. SSC hopes to hit the magic number of 275 mph. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Sporting revolutionary aerodynamics in the field of automobile design, an all carbon fiber body, chassis and wheels, the Tuatara will house a 7.0 liter twin turbo V8 spewing out 1,350 horsepower to the rear wheels (budget for tires, people). All of this is a remarkable achievement for such a young company (founded in 1999), to develop a supercar that might beat a record-breaking exotic with a historied background. No word on pricing yet, but you can bet it will be unreachable by most of us cubicle slaves.
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