American supercar manufacturer Shelby SuperCars (SSC) is the same company behind the Ultimate Aero. This company has recently taken the wraps off its latest creation, which will be named name Tuatara (pronounced twu’tar’ah).
“The design specifications for the Next Generation SSC were so extreme; we knew early on that a proper name would be a key piece of the puzzle for this project,” says Jerod Shelby, Founder, Lead Designer and CEO of SSC.
This word – Tuatara – comes from a lizard that lives down in New Zealand. Tuatara comes from the Maori language, and means “peaks on the back,” which is quite fitting, given the winglets on the back of the new car. It seems the tuatara lizard is a rather unique creature, and the reptile possesses the fastest evolving DNA on the planet. Also, the Tuatara supercar features a set of rear peaks of its own, courtesy of the uniquely styled rear wings.
Mr. Shelby explains, “Most manufacturers essentially use the same basic model and body shape for up to 10 years, while only making small refinements to it each year. After only three years in production with the Ultimate Aero, SSC’s Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and shear all‐around performance. We felt that the fastest evolving DNA was a perfect definition of SSC’s latest project.”
SSC Tuatara Specs
Engine: 7 Liter DOHC V8 Twin Turbo ~ 1350hp
Transmission: 7-Speed Manual H-Pattern or 7-Speed SMG Paddle Shift; Triple Disc Carbon Clutch
Chassis: Carbon Cab; Carbon Sub-Frames; Aluminum Crash Structures
Wheels: One-Piece Carbon Fiber, Standard
Below you can see the official video “SSC Introduces the Tuatara” released by the brand and also a couple of pictures with this beauty.