The SSC Ultimate Aero was once the World’s fastest car. The next-generation SSC supercar is to be the SSC Tuatara, and it is getting its very own development center in the United States. Will the SSC Tuatara have what it takes to challenge the Hennessey Venom GT for the title? It will take a couple years before that is made clear.
There were some delays for the new SSC development center, but all of them have been addressed and it should be completed by 2015. The center will be dedicated to creating only the SSC Tuatara at first, and exactly how many units is not known at this juncture. The SSC Ultimate Aero units were crafted at a somewhat turtle pace, with just 15 produced annually over a 3-year period. The company hopes to make around 30 Tuatara cars each year, depending on the market. There could be other models made in the plant when production begins, there has been talk of a potential electric car.
The SSC Tuatara is powered by a customized twin-turbo V8 kicking out 1,350 horses and 1,280 pound-feet of torque. It nails the 0-60 mile per hour marker in 2.5 seconds with an estimated top out at 276. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport packs just 1,200 horses, for comparison purposes.
The SSC Tuatara development center will span 40,000 square feet capable of building every component of the car and it will even have a dyno. The new plant will serve as the company’s headquarters and boast a showroom and little museum as well. This means that unlike with the Ultimate Aero, the entire car will be made in the same spot. It is to be built in West Richmond, Washington with groundbreaking to occur in August of 2014. With each SSC Tuatara starting at $1.3 million and a few orders already placed, it appears the company is off to a fair start in the new digs.