The second time was the charm of the SSC Tuatara supercar, which has claimed the world’s fastest production car record of 282.9 mph.
The $ 1.9 million Washington state coupe completed the performance on the old Space Shuttle runway in Florida on January 17th.
As required by many prominent registration authorities, the 1,750 horsepower supercar drove two runs in opposite directions to take into account wind and other environmental factors at speeds of 279.7 mph and 286.1 mph. That averages 282.9 mph, which would beat the existing mark of 277.87 mph set in 2017 by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
The SSC believed 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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The Tuatara was driven in Florida by the owner, car collector Larry Caplan, who previously told Fox News that he had never even driven close to 250 km / h, but planned to one day. The shuttle runway 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, however, that they are not finished yet and plan to return in the spring with an eye to hitting 300 km / h, which Bugatti Chiron achieved on a Volkswagen test track in Germany, but only in one direction.