The Swedish king is dethroned. No, not King Carl Gustaf XVI, he remains head of state. But the Koenigsegg Agera RS has to cede its crown as the fastest production car in the world.
The new speed king is called Tuatara, ruled from Washington State and belongs to the House of SSC. That stands for Shelby Supercars. Almost ten years ago the US small series manufacturer of Jerod Shelby (52) announced that it would break the speed record. But: SSC was quiet for a long time; some had already dismissed the announcement as a mere sales pitch.
Beyond the imaginable
But now Shelby put his words into action and virtually pulverized Koenigsegg’s previous world speed record: In 2017 the Agera RS reached a top speed of 277.9 miles per hour (447.2 km / h) on a public road in the US state of Nevada. Insane! Even those who have already been around 300 km / h on the German autobahn can hardly imagine what it means to be on the move with almost 450 things.
Strict record requirements
And now SSC comes and doesn’t just go for it, but pushes the limit beyond 500 km / h! Fivehundred! On the same, of course, closed, street in Nevada as Koenigsegg. Why not a racetrack? Because then it is not a recognized record for production vehicles. Several conditions must be met for an officially recognized record:
- It has to be a production car that customers can buy.
- This also applies to the tires and fuel. The record has to be set on road tires and with normal petrol.
- A production car also includes real roads and not a race track. That is why the record has to be set on public roads.
- The distance has to be covered in both directions, with the average of the two maximum speeds giving the actual record. This balances out the advantages and disadvantages of the wind.
- After all, the speed must be measured with a licensed GPS measuring device and two official world record witnesses must be present.
SSC met all of these conditions and is now the official record holder with a speed of 316.11 miles per hour (508.73 km / h)! The absolute top speed was even higher: 331.15 miles per hour (532.93 km / h).
Two were faster, so to speak
This does not mean that the Tuatara is the first production vehicle to break the magical limit of 300 miles per hour. Bugatti with a near-series prototype of the Chiron Super Sport (304.77 mph; 490.484 km / h) and M2K Motorsports with a tuned Ford GT (300.4 mph; 483.4 km / h) were already beyond the 300-mile limit. But both are unofficial values. Only the top speed of the SSC Tuatara is officially recognized so far: The Ami is absolutely the fastest production car in the world!
This is the record car
And it would have been even faster, says record driver Oliver Webb (29). Cross wind prevented even higher speed. The record car is powered by a 5.9-liter V8 biturbo with 1350 hp (993 kW). With racing fuel, it even has 1774 hp (1304 kW). The Tuatara only weighs 1247 kilograms. The chassis and body are made of carbon fiber laminate. The aerodynamics are also fascinating. Instead of a large rear wing, two winglets on the rear fenders ensure stability. Cost for the record hunter, which is to go into series production in 100 copies: at least 1.3 million dollars (approx. 1.2 million Swiss francs).