Monterey Car Week is not just a soiree where members of America's moneyed investor class come together and scowl on each other on a golf course although it's mostly. But sometimes it comes with actual car news. Surprising news, even. And the biggest surprise we have seen so far is that the SSC Tuatara-American hyper-vehicle promised way back in 2011 – has come up with an apparent 1,750 horsepower. Hi, good!
The Fastest Car Never Coming Just Out Of Nowhere
A few years ago, a small store in Washington made carbon fibers with Ford Focus SVT …
Read more Read  You can remember SSC North America (formerly Shelby SuperCars) as makers of SSC Aero, which held the fastest car in the world title for a few years. It does not matter to Caroll Shelby at all, but it's a nice coincidence to have when you build fast cars.
After, but still back in 2011, the Washington store promised that America hit the hyperlinks with a top speed of 265 mph and 1,350 hp on premium gas. We got a sales date for 2013, but it came and went without a real car that hit the market.
Look, at Pebble Beach 2018, Tuatara has returned. The company claims that production is "ready to begin", and now the power is rated to a maximum of 1,750 HP on E85-1,350 HP on 91 octane gas. These figures come from a 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine "in partnership with Nelson Racing Motors", the company claims in a press release.
It also has a carbon fiber body designed by Pininfarina, Bertone and Saab veteran Jason Castriota, and it's a body that has certainly been striking over the years. It is said to have a super-low drag coefficient of 0.279.
In addition, no other details were given today, especially the price or production start date, even though they say it's limited to only 100 cars.
Should it happen? Is SSC too real this time? As we have said before, we think so when we see it for sale. But it's interesting to see some movement on this thing after so many years.