True to the Tuatara’s DNA, the Tuatara Striker is an heir to the fighter jet approach engrained in the design and experience of the next-generation hypercars by SSC North America. In the aerial combat realm, a “Striker” or “Strike Fighter” is a multirole aircraft. Likewise, the Tuatara Striker has a wide range of capabilities, both on and off the track.
Beneath the carbon fiber skin of the Tuatara is a robust carbon fiber monocoque, engineered with safety, durability, performance, and aesthetics in mind. The monocoque brings all of the critical sub-assemblies together into an aggregated form, as well as contours to the shape of the ergonomic cockpit surrounding the driver and passenger. Composed entirely of carbon fiber, the light weight frame provides uncompromising safety thanks to its systematic crash structures and durable design. The beautiful carbon fiber composition was not left to be unnoticed, as exposed areas of the monocoque are visible, both subtly and notably across the car.
The design of the Tuatara goes further than visual appearance. The intentional design of the body was meticulously crafted to carry the car through the air with unprecedented ease.
Downforce is increased three fold, providing approximately 1,100 lbs across the car at 160 mph. This heightened track performance is achieved by way of several integrated aerodynamic features, including a high-downforce fixed wing, active rear wing, vertical stabilizer, and augmented diffuser on the rear of the car. Directionally vaned side rockers, a large frontal splitter, and integrated frontal dive planes strategically balance the downforce with 45.4% deployed to the front axle and 54.6% to the rear axle, ensuring optimized balance, predictability, and exceptional confidence in stability.
The heart of the Tuatara is an engineering masterpiece in and of itself. Years of meticulous design and engineering at SSC North America culminated into unadulterated power generated from an engine built from the ground up exclusively for the Tuatara. With a flat-plane crank configuration, the smooth, balanced power produced offers both incredible performance and a unique hypercar experience. To ensure the engine met the standards of quality, performance, and durability that the hypercar market demands, SSC North America partnered with Nelson Racing Engines to fabricate and manufacture the V8 engine that powers this next generation hypercar.
The Tuatara’s unprecedented power is transferred to a CIMA 7 speed transmission, integrated with a state-of-the-art Automac AMT system that operates the engagement and selection of movement in the gearbox. The system includes hydraulic driven components and sensors to produce high force engagement, position accuracy, and load control within milliseconds. The clutch and gear selection actuation are electrically operated, providing high precision and strategic operation. The core of the system is powered by a powerful automotive microprocessor, ensuring exceptional safety and performance.
The Tuatara was designed with a diverse and unique driving experience in mind. Track-level handling offers drivers the ability to aggressively engage in corner focused driving, straight-line runs, or docile street driving. Categorized into three driving modes, the car is transformed at the touch of a finger from the center console.