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This Supercar Is No Snake (But It Is a Reptile)

The other Shelby's new car called Tuatara, could take title of world's fastest production car.

by on Jul.20, 2011

Shelby SuperCars named its new car the Tuatara, in part because of the rear winglets.

Bugatti Veyron, meet the Shelby SuperCars Tuatara ( (pronounced twu‐tar‐ah).

SSC announced Monday that it will build the Tuatara, the successor to the Aero and Ultimate Aero supercars, which went back and forth with version of the Veyron for the title of world’s fastest production car.

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Named for a New Zealand reptile, the name translates to “peaks on the back” from the native Maori language. SSC says the name is fitting for the car, which has small winglets on the back. A bit of a stretch, but OK.

SSC founder, chief designer and CEO Jerod Shelby says there’s another link between the reptile and the car. The company says that the reptile has the fastest-evolving DNA in the world, a trait it shares with the new Shelby Supercar.


First Drive: 258 mph Shelby SuperCar

Nothing another 10 mph wouldn’t solve.

by on Aug.18, 2010

SSC founder Jerod Shelby with the Ultimate Aero, gen-1.

There aren’t many street-legal automobiles we haven’t driven, over the years, and among them there aren’t many we were intimidated by.  That was before we got behind the wheel of the Shelby SuperCar Ultimate Aero.

First, a word of clarification.  For those who immediately connect SSC with Texas legend Carroll Shelby, think again.  It’s actually the work of Jerod Shelby, who made his fortune at a young age designing advanced medical technology – and who is now risking it all on a company that is obsessed with holding the world speed record for a production automobile.  No family connection, but we think the better-known Shelby would appreciate his namesake’s efforts.

And what Jerod Shelby and his small but merry band of designers and engineers have come up with is a knife-edged supercar of daunting proportions.

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Impossibly slow and aerodynamically sleek, its 6.8-liter twin-turbo V8 pours out 1280 horsepower and 1112 pound-feet of torque.  During a series of timed runs, three years ago, that was enough to propel the Ultimate Aero to an average 258 mph – on open roads – giving it the crown as the world’s fastest production car.