- The American beast reached 532 km / h, beating the Bugatti, but did not win the Guinness World Record for a procedural defect
The SSC Tuatara is officially the fastest car in the world , having reached the incredible speed of 532.7 km / h, breaking the record from the Bugatti Chiron Sportwhich only a year ago had reached 490 km / h. However, this speed cannot be approved as a record due to a procedural defect, because to do so you have to reach the same speed in two steps in the opposite direction and then take the average, but on the return route the Tuatara stopped (by way of say) at 508.7 km / h. In any case it is only about time, preparation and attention to detail because the American hypercar has shown that it can exceed 500 km / h without particular difficulties. The driver who drove it, the British Oliver Webb, said: «The car gained the last 30 km / h in less than five seconds, which means it was not yet at its limit, but the crosswind did not me. has allowed us to push again ».
The history of the SSC Tuatara
Meanwhile, its producer is SSC North America, which was previously called Shelby Supercars and was founded by Jarod Shelby, who however is in no way related to the more famous Carroll , who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans . The aim of this small factory is to build the fastest cars on the planet, and in fact in 2007 the SS Aero Twin Turbo was timed by the Guineess World Record at 412.28 km / h, before being beaten by the Bugatti Veyron. In any case, that of speed records is a subject at least as old as the history of the car itself and we are not talking about missile-shaped vehicles designed to break down the sound barrier, but about cars that can circulate on the street while respecting homologations. .
Speed records in history
Until the 1960s, no one officially measured the speed of sports cars, then the Lamborghini Miura (1968) came to change everything, declaring 275 km / h, before being beaten only a year later by the Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 Daytona which reached 280 km / h. A record that lasted until 1984, when another Prancing Horse car, the legendary 288 GTO, stopped the chronometers at 303 km / h. Then the record went to the Porsche 959 (1986) with 317 km / h and again to Ferrari with the F40 and its 326 km / h in 1987, beaten by the 1991 Bugatti EB110 with 336 km / h.
A year later it was the turn of the Jaguar XJ 220 to move the bar at 349 km / h, but in 1993 the McLaren F1 raised it to 372 km / h and it was no longer beaten until 2005 by the Koenigsegg CCR which reached 388 km / h. From here on the matter becomes more complex, because the aerodynamic drag increases with the square of the speed. It means that if the speed doubles the resistance quadruples and that is why to go faster over 300 km / h you need much more power, like the 1,000 HP of the Bugatti Veyron which in 2005 reached 408 km / h and 431 km / h in 2010 with the 1,200 hp Super Sport version .
It took seven years for the Koenigsegg Agera RS to overtake him, reaching 447 km / h and another two to the Bugatti to return to the top, with the 1,600 hp Chiron Sport at 490 km / h. Moreover, at Bugatti they said that having passed the 300mph wall was their last record, but it must be seen if the 1,775 hp that the Tuatara puts on the ground have whetted their pride.