The second time was the charm of the SSC Tuatara supercar, which has claimed the world’s fastest production car record of 282.9 km / h.
The $ 1.9 million state coupon in Washington completed the feat of the old Florida space shuttle on January 17.
As required by many prominent record-keeping authorities, the 1,750-horsepower supercar drove two runs in the opposite direction to account for wind and other environmental factors at speeds of 279.7 mph and 286.1 mph. It is an average of 282.9 mph, which would beat the existing mark of 277.87 mph set in 2017 by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
SSC thought it had broken that record in October last year, when the Tuatara clocked an average of 316.11 km / h on a closed highway in Nevada with pro racing driver Oliver Webb at the wheel, but questions were raised about the accuracy of the timing that led SSC to make the second attempt at redundant speed validation provided by Racelogic (VBox), Life Racing, Garmin and IMRA (International Mile Racing Association).
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Tuatara was driven in Florida by the owner, car collector Larry Caplan, who previously told Fox News that he had never driven close to 250 km / h, but planned one day. The shuttle landing strip provided a 2.3-mile stretch for the test, which was much shorter than what was available in Nevada, and required more aggressive acceleration to hit maximum speed with room to brake.
SSC owner Jerod Shelby said they are not done yet, and plan to return in the spring with an eye on hitting 300km / h, which Bugatti Chiron achieved on a Volkswagen test track in Germany, but only in one direction.