Happy ending for SSC Tuatara controversy at 455 km/h


Beats Agera RS’ record

As promised, SSC North America made another attempt to break the top speed record, and this time, it achieved a two-way average speed of 282.9 mph (455.3 km/h), which is still an insane figure for a road-going car, but significantly less compared to the originally claimed average speed of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h).

With that, the Tuatara beat the Koenigsegg Agera RS‘ average speed by 5 mph (8 km/h), which now makes total sense. The record was certified by Racelogic. This time, the record attempt happened at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

In the northbound run, the Tuatara achieved a top speed of 279.7 mph (450.1 km/h) and towards southbound, the hypercar maxed out at 286.1 mph (460.4 km/h). Racelogic had the following to say –

Racelogic USA was contracted by SSC North America to provide technical assistance with measuring and validating high-speed test runs of the SSC Tuatara during testing and record attempts conducted with Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida on January 17th, 2021. Speed and time data was collected with a Racelogic VBOX 3i 100Hz GNSS system, accurate to ±0.06 mph, and traceable to ISO standards for speed measurement. The data logger was installed and data was verified by Jim Lau, Technical Director – North America of Racelogic USA. Onboard video speed overlay was also collected during these runs using a VBOX Video HD2 for further correlation, and is available publicly.

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