The company will certainly try to cash out on the success of its record-breaking Tuatara.
After smashing the world’s fastest car record with the Tuatara, American carmaker SSC announced a new “little brother project” in development.
SSC founder and CEO Jerod Shelby talked about this project back in June this year. But more recently, this announcement received a lot of attention thanks to the SSC Tuatara, which became the fastest in the world. The American hypercar broke Koenigsegg Agera RS’s record with a top speed of 331.15 mph (533 km/h) and a two-way average speed of 316.11 mph (508.7 km/h). Oliver James Webb was behind the wheel during the record run.
At this point, information is scarce about the upcoming baby Tuatara. However, we know it will be a mid-engine supercar with 700 to 800 hp from a naturally-aspirated V8.
Obviously, the smaller model will be more affordable than the big-boy Tuatara at around $400,000 – $500,000. SSC intends this car for those who didn’t get the chance to buy or (more likely) couldn’t afford the Tuatara.
It’s still unclear if SSC will produce its own engine or collaborate with Nelson Racing Engines, as it did on previous projects.
The Tuatara costs an eye-watering $1.9 million and uses a 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 producing. The high-tech engine produces 1,350 hp on regular gasoline and 1,750 hp on E85 race fuel. SSC will sell only 100 units worldwide, with a fifth already reserved.
The new supercar aims to compete with the McLaren 765LT and Ferrari 488 Pista. Moreover, it will have considerably higher production numbers than the more exclusive Tuatara. SSC is trying to bring more customers into the brand by offering a relatively affordable and attractive vehicle.
If the Tuatara development timeline is anything to go by, the new car is a long time away from officially launching, let alone deliveries.