When Dr. Lawrence Caplin acquired the keys to his $2 million SSC Tuatara hypercar, throughout final summer season’s Monterey Automotive Week, everybody at SSC North America promised to maintain his id a secret. Now we all know why.
It appears the Philly native wished to save lots of the reveal of his new Tuatara for this week’s Philadelphia Auto Present (February Eight by way of 17), the place Caplin’s CF Charities group presents a supercar show to assist increase cash for native youngsters.
Caplin, who based Dentrust Optimized Care Options—offering cell dental care to prisons and the army—spec’d his 2020 Tuatara in a shocking combo of pearlescent black with vivid crimson accents.
His automotive is the primary of 100 examples to be constructed at SSC North America’s headquarters in Richland, Wash. It is going to be a part of the nice physician’s prized assortment, believed to incorporate a Ferrari FXX-Okay (one among 40 examples made), a Ferrari 599XX, Ferrari 488 Spider, a 2005 Ford GT and the Tuatara’s predecessor—a bright-white 2011 SSC Final Aero.
The Tuatara is powered by a customized 5.9-liter twin-turbo V-Eight developed by SSC along with Southern California–primarily based Nelson Racing Engines. Its eight-cylinder coronary heart is claimed to crank out 1,350 hp with 91-octane fuel, or a mighty 1,750 hp with E85 ethanol. The engine is paired with an Italian seven-speed, single-clutch CIMA manumatic gearbox stated to execute shifting in lower than 100 milliseconds.
In improvement since 2009, the carbon-fiber–bodied Tuatara was focused to be the primary manufacturing automotive to interrupt the 300 mph barrier. Since Bugatti shattered that milestone final summer season with a modified Chiron—it clocked 304.77 mph round VW’s Ehra-Lessien take a look at observe in Germany—SSC North America’s CEO, Jerod Shelby, could have his work lower out to raised Bugatti.
It received’t be straightforward. Additionally chasing the production-car speed record is Houston-based Hennessey Performance Engineering with its Venom F5. The latter’s CEO, John Hennessey, has his sights set on 311 mph. One other contender is Swedish marque Koenigsegg, believed to be prepping a go-faster model of its newest 1,578 hp Jesko.
Customer’s to this week’s Philadelphia Auto Present will little question be hoping the glossy Tuatara has the tempo to transcend 300 mph. Effectively past.