A new record for the fastest production car in the world has been set. The SSC North America's Tuatara has clocked an average speed of 508.73 kmph for two consecutive runs it did on a patch of a closed-off public road.
The run took place on an 11.26 km stretch of State Route 160 outside of Las Vegas near Pahrump, Nevada in the United States of America. It kept with the criteria set by the Guinness Book of World Records. This is the very same stretch of road was where the Koenigsegg Agera RS took the last speed record with an average 447.23 kmph.
In its very first run, the Tuatara hit 484.53 kmph. The car was driven by British race driver Oliver Webb.
In accordance with the record criteria, within the next hour, it reached 532.93 kmph while travelling in the other direction on the same stretch. What is interesting about the Tuatara that set this record that it was a customer car, running on road tires and on non-race fuel. It was not specially prepped for this run. Further, two record officials were present on-site and speeds were tracked by certified GPS instruments.
Initially powered by a 6.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the capacity of the engine was later reduced to 5.9 liters in order to allow the engine to have a higher redline of 8,800 rpm.