American supercar named after NZ reptile

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

After years of design and development, American supercar manufacturer and creator of the world record breaking Ultimate Aero, SSC has introduced its latest contribution to automobile enthusiasts worldwide – the Tuatara.

CEO of SSC, John Shelby, says the design specifications for the next generation SSC were so extreme, that they knew early on that a proper name would be a key piece of the puzzle for this project.

“The name ‘Tuatara’ was inspired by a modern day New Zealand reptile that bears the same name. A direct descendent of the dinosaur, this reptile’s name translated from the Maori language means ‘peaks on the back’, which is quite fitting, given the winglets on the back of the new car.

“While the Tuatara is a very unique creature, there was a particular property of this reptile that immediately married it with SSC. The Tuatara possesses the fastest evolving DNA in the world, and amongst the world’s greatest supercar manufacturers, so does SSC.”

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 Specifications

Body Carbon Fiber
Engine 7 litre 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