SSC Tuatara Has Beaten The Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record… Maybe

Nothing official has been released as of yet, but local news from KPVM-TV in Las Vegas reports that the SSC Tuatara has set a new record over the weekend on the same road the Koenigsegg Agera RS used for its world record-beating run three years ago. According to the report, SSC will release an official announcement in the coming days.

What we question now is how fast the car really went. While it’s true that the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ broke 300mph at the end of last year with a top speed of 304.7mph, it wasn’t an official record because the car didn’t run in both directions. The single run, while impressive, is not an official attempt.

The Agera RS, which technically still holds the official record, completed the run with an average speed of 277.9mph, but on its fastest run (in one direction) hit 284mph. We’re unsure as to which record the SSC has beaten, but we’re still very excited to find out.

Estimated to have a top speed of 312mph, the SSC Tuatara produces 1,750 horsepower from a 5.9-litre V8 with twin-turbochargers. Weighing just 1,247kg and with a drag coefficient of just 0.279, the numbers are certainly on its side, but there are many other variables that can affect a top speed run such as temperature and wind speed.

We’ll have to wait until we hear something more concrete from SSC, but things are looking very promising for the American car company.

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