Aug 2018
Press Release
August 24, 2018
SSC North America
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The Tuatara Released

Monterey, California, USA
August 24, 2018

SSC North America reveals the Tuatara at Pebble Beach, California.

The highly anticipated Tuatara was revealed to the public at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Press Conference at Peter Hay Hill. The American built hypercar was unveiled by Founder and CEO Jerod Shelby and world renowned designer Jason Castriota. Specific details about the meticulously engineered car were announced at the conference as it was unveiled.

Power & Performance

With the final stages of testing and calibration of the Tuatara nearly complete, engine specifications were validated and released to the public.

  • 1,750 horsepower / E85 Fuel
  • 1,350 horsepower / 91 Octane Fuel

The twin-turbo 5.9 liter V8 engine is a flat-plane crank configuration, designed by SSC North America and engineered and assembled in collaboration with Nelson Racing Engines. As engineering specifications are surpassed and verified, SSC has full confidence in the Tuatara's goal of exceeding 300 mph with a margin of error.

Body & Aerodynamics

The all carbon fiber body and chassis not only give the Tuatara a lightweight structure, but boasts an unmatched hypercar drag coefficient of 0.279. Jason Castriota brought a timeless design to the Tuatara, inspired by the aerospace industry and producing superior aerodynamics with alluring curvatures.

Production Details

Production of the SSC Tuatara is ready to begin, with pre-orders currently being secured by those who wish to own this next generation hypercar. Built in the new world-class production facility under construction in the company's hometown of West Richland, Washington, the Tuatara will be limited to a 100 unit production run.


SSC North America is proud to represent the American hypercar industry in the global market, as well as work with partners in the automotive industry that bring genuine ingenuity and passion to the project. Below are a list of our highly regarded partners that have had a vital role in the production of the SSC Tuatara.

  • Nelson Racing Engines - Power plant engineering and assembly
  • Linder Power Systems - Engine sub assembly fabrication
  • Automac - Robotic shift system
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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