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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.

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