Jan 2020
Press Release
January 22, 2020
SSC North America
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Tuatara Intake System

Richland, Washington
January 22, 2020

SSC North America has dedicated nearly a decade of research and development towards the SSC Tuatara. In the process, the engineering and design of numerous groundbreaking automotive subassemblies has brought forth new capabilities in the performance of the next generation hypercar.

The custom intake system, proprietary to the Tuatara, lends the powerplant the ability to perform in extreme conditions. Cooler air into the engine's intake means a more densely oxygenated air charge that ultimately results in higher horsepower. With record speeds, track performance, and daily driveability in mind, the intake was a pivotal assembly to design around, ensuring optimal intake air temperatures and responsive control over the power of the engine. A key feature to meet these demands is dual heat exchangers, independently dedicated to water and air cooling systems. This allows air intake at cooler temperatures, assuring 1750 horsepower in extended full throttle situations for track and top speed driving, or leisure driving in hot weather, stop-and-go environments. Furthermore, dual throttle bodies provide advantageous throttle resolution, taking full benefit of the unprecedented power and sub-100 millisecond track shifting at the disposal of the driver. Extensive development and testing went into the shape and the length of the intake runner design, as well as the precise positioning of the 16 injectors (8 primary and 8 secondary) to fine tune the powerband and acceleration.

The exceptional capabilities and artistic design of the Tuatara’s intake system is the product of two decades of high-performance experience at SSC in pursuit of creating a compact, powerful powerplant that redefines the American hypercar. An extensive collaboration with Nelson Racing Engines and Linder Power Systems ensured the highest degree of innovation, performance, and success.

SSC North America

Founded by Jerod Shelby in 1998 in Richland, Washington, USA, SSC North America is the American hypercar company that created the Ultimate Aero and Tuatara. The Ultimate Aero, previously held the “Fastest Production Car” record, from 2007-2010, after it clocked 256.14 mph. It still stands among the fastest, most versatile supercars on the planet, and has served as the foundation for what would become the Tuatara hypercar. In 2021, the Tuatara reclaimed the world record for SSC, with an average of 282.9 mph, followed by a second test nineteen months later that achieved a top speed of 295.0 mph. SSC North America is producing 100 road legal SSC Tuatara hypercars, with 25 additional non-road legal variants. High-speed, high-downforce, and track versions are available to customers. For more information visit www.sscnorthamerica.com 

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