The controversial American Hypercar, the SSC Tuatara, is powered by a 5.9-liter V8 twin-turbo engine with 1,780 horsepower. But recently, this car faced another failure to prove its performance. According to The Drive website, which also includes a video of a crashed Tuatara, the car survived a dangerous accident while being transported by truck. The SSC Tuatara overturned on April 13 due to strong winds. Yes, but you may not believe that this car belongs to anyone but “Larry Kaplin”, the same person who wanted to break the record for the fastest production car in the world with this car in January.
The Tuatara was reportedly on its way to Florida with the SSC team for a second record of 300 mph. The program was scheduled for April 17. SSC brand owner Jaroud Shelby told The Drive that fortunately there were no casualties and only the driver and one of the passengers were hospitalized after the accident. The SSC has suffered several setbacks in setting the world record for the fastest car. For the first time, during a record speed of 316 mph (508 km / h) in Nevada, it rained heavily, forcing the SSC team to repeat the record.
However, the SSC eventually managed to record an average speed of 282.9 mph (455.2 km / h) twice. As a reminder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 300+ was able to reach this speed only once in 2019. Because the SSC Tuatara has not been able to replicate the Nevada record, many media outlets and experts still do not believe in its performance. So the SSC team is still trying to break the speed record beyond 300 mph again. But the recent accident once again prevented them from achieving their goal.
According to the images received by The Drive, the Tuatara car in the accident was seriously damaged. Of course, Mr. Shelby told the media that the damage to the car was mostly due to its appearance and decoration, and that the chassis, actuators and suspension system were almost safe. However, it seems that the SSC Tuatara is still ready to break the speed record of more than 300 mph. The SSC team will definitely try their luck again for this record-breaking.