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Lamborghini Huracán EVO Review: Brains With Brawn

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The Lamborghini Huracán EVO represents an evolution and introduces a new “brain”, the Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics (LDVI) system.
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys

When you consider that the total production numbers in the lifetime of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. sits at around 50,000 and that a brand like Toyota pumps these numbers out in 3 or so days, you start to understand that Lamborghini has spent the time to be very intentional about everything they do. 

So when they say they have created something that has evolved – they really have.

First introduced in 2013, the Lamborghini Huracán line is the smaller (but no less attention-grabbing) sibling to the Aventador range. With the Italian brand officially retiring the original Huracán and Huracán Performante models from their website this year, the Lamborghini Huracán EVO has now become Lamborghini’s new entry-point vehicle.

The new 'entry level' Lamborghini. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The new ‘entry level’ Lamborghini. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Described as the “evolution of the most successful V10-powered Lamborghini ever”, the Huracán EVO is not just the result of learning from the previous Huracán models, but also the Aventador, Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo Racing experience and ultimately Lamborghini’s entire technological and styling history of producing super sports cars.

Having already reviewed the Nürburgring production car record holder, the Huracán Performante, I was very eager with this review to get behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracán EVO to see what Lamborghini had forged in its further evolution of the Huracán.

The Huracán is named after a famous Spanish fighting bull from 1879. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Huracán is named after a famous Spanish fighting bull from 1879. Credit: Billionaire Toys

With only a few hours this time to take it through its paces, Anthony De Zen at Lamborghini Brisbane gave a quick introduction, summing it up as, “If you thought the Performante stuck to the road like glue…. You’re going to LOVE this thing”.

He wasn’t wrong.

First, we had to get the EVO out of the congested streets of the city and somewhere it could breathe and stretch its legs, so we headed for the long roads and tight corners of sugar cane country.

Testing the Huracán EVO in spectacular scenery. Credit: Billionaire Toys
Testing the Huracán EVO in spectacular scenery. Credit: Billionaire Toys
Plenty of corners too. Credit: Billionaire Toys
Plenty of corners too. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Huracán EVO’s Exterior

When you first walk around the EVO, you immediately notice Lamborghini has dramatically redesigned the rear wing and removed the ALA (aerodynamic) wing system that featured on the Performante.

There’s also a new front splitter. Moving away from the angular “shark-like” one of the original Huracán and Huracán Performante, the Huracán EVO features a more honeycomb “Y” shaped looking front bumper.

The new front splitter design of the Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The new front splitter design of the Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys

The rear diffuser is also dramatically redesigned, which, combined with the new front splitter, creates a double airway underneath the super sports car. All this has resulted in the EVO now having 5x more downforce than the previous Huracán, giving it more advantages in accelerating, braking and cornering.

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo's new wing and rear diffuser design. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo’s new wing and rear diffuser design. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Looking down the side of the EVO, you may also notice the skirt vents have been reshaped and are reminiscent of those on the Lamborghini Murcielago (it’s nice to see some older family DNA still making it through the generations).

The specific Huracán EVO model we were testing featured exterior paintwork in “Bianco Icarus Metallic” (standard color at no extra charge) with exterior details in high gloss black (optional extra) including the front fascia, exhaust pipes, c-pillar air vent frames and backend frame and rear panel.

Another feature of this particular EVO was the transparent engine hood, which comes at an extra cost (roughly around $10K) but, in my opinion, is an absolute must. The engine itself is a work of art, and to cover it up is almost criminal. Not to mention, you’ll likely find your gaze drawn to the interior of the engine bay every time you’re filling up the fuel tank (and be joined by friendly bystanders wanting to do the same).

The Lamborghini transparent engine hood is a must-have option. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini transparent engine hood is a must-have option. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo in Bianco Icarus Metallic paint. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo in Bianco Icarus Metallic paint. Credit: Billionaire Toys

All-Wheel Steering

But this is still just the beginning of the evolution. For the first time in an entry-level Lambo, All-Wheel Steering has been installed and compliments the EVO’s increased downforce to give it some incredible supercharged handling abilities. While exceptional at high-speed cornering, having all-wheel steering at low speeds also increases the agility and turning circle of the vehicle in every day driving.

New Wheel Design

Also new to the Lamborghini Huracán EVO are 20″ Aesir rims which were graphite grey with orange calipers on the car we were testing. However, if these don’t take your fancy, other options include diamond cut or titanium matt versions, “flower petal” shaped Giano 20″ rims, ten-spoke Navi Forged 20″ rims, or the hexagon-shaped 5 spoke Loge Forged 20″ rims.

The EVO coupe we tested was an All-Wheel Drive version, and typically one would assume that to have fun drifting, a Rear Wheel Drive variant is required. Curiously, this is not the case with the Huracán EVO because of some new tech….

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo with graphite grey 20" Aesir Rims. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo with graphite grey 20″ Aesir Rims. Credit: Billionaire Toys

The Super Gene in EVO’s DNA

Lamborghini was still not content with the evolution so far, as all the systems discussed until now only represent the brawn attributes of the EVO. A car’s muscle, agility, strength, and performance are still limited to the brains using them, so Lamborghini built a new super brain for the EVO.

In Italian, it’s called the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI). In English, we swap the order around and call it the Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics. In short, it’s an incredible processor capable of coordinating a complex and sophisticated system and managing driving dynamics.

LDVI works by continually monitoring the vehicle’s all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, traction, and suspension systems. It also gets orientation data from a series of gyroscopes and accelerometers that sit in the EVO’s center of gravity. Additionally, LDVI is also reading data from the driver via the mode they’ve put the car in, their use of the brake, accelerator, and the steering angle.

The LDVI system's outputs can bee seen on the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The LDVI system’s outputs can bee seen on the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Credit: Billionaire Toys

LDVI takes all of this information and, in just 20 milliseconds, anticipates the driver’s wishes, shifting from the usual reaction model to one of anticipation. The LDVI “brain” is the fulfilling evolution of the Huracán EVO, wired to pre-empt your next move. For example, if a driver is about to understeer or oversteer into a corner, the LDVI brain makes slight corrections before the predicted event and adjusts accordingly (especially helpful when throwing an EVO around the real-life roads surrounding cane farms that feature corners foreign to engineered racetracks).

Switch the Huracán EVO into sport (fun) mode, and the car will know when you want it to drift. Putting the vehicle into Corsa (track) mode, you are telling it that lap times and accuracy are essential, and under the same scenario, drifting will be prevented. LDVI will allow a driver to feel bulletproof, and when driving a super sports car, this is exactly how you want your driving experience to be.

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Dashboard in Corsa mode. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Dashboard in Corsa mode. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo dashboard in Strada mode. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo dashboard in Strada mode. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The new HMI 8.4-inch touchscreen is a great addition to the Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The new HMI 8.4-inch touchscreen is a great addition to the Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Inside the EVO

The most significant change from the Huracán Perfomante to the Huracán EVO interior is undoubtedly the large 8.4-inch touchscreen “Human Machine Interface” sitting smack bang in the center console. More easily remembered as the HMI, the new giant touchscreen does away with the previous panel of tactile buttons and knobs and the former small monochrome display of the Performante. This offers both the driver and passenger the ability to see navigational maps easily, make music choices, connect to Apple Play, use telemetry, and view the car’s LDVI outputs in real-time.

The HMI graphics are on point and fit perfectly in with the dashboard and hexagonal theme throughout the car. Once you have spent a few minutes playing with the HMI, you’ll find getting around the menus is a breeze. I also liked the look and functionality of EVO’s navigation maps, and in my opinion, Lamborghini has succeeded where many other automakers fail.

There's so much to like about the Huracan interior. Credit: Billionaire Toys
There’s so much to like about the Huracan interior. Credit: Billionaire Toys

In terms of styling, the cabin featured extensive use of leather and Alcantara, with this particular EVO model spec’d in the “EVO Trim – Sportivo Alcantara” package with the seating in Nero black Alcantara material and contrasting seat/interior panels, seat belts, headrest embroidery and stitching throughout the cabin in a bright orange called Arancio Leonis. For the first time, Lamborghini now also provides a new interior trim option for customers called Carbon Skin®, which is exclusive to Lamborghini.

The embroidered Lamborghini Headrest shields are an option. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The embroidered Lamborghini Headrest shields are an option. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The optional fully-electric and heated seats are delicious. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The optional fully-electric and heated seats are delicious. Credit: Billionaire Toys

While previous Lamborghini’s I’ve driven have had firmer sport or racing seats, this Huracán EVO had fully electric-adjustable and heated seats and certainly increased the creature comforts of this particular bull.

Softer and more comfortable for every day driving than the racing seat, the fully electric seat is adjustable in both horizontal and vertical directions and offers both 2-way lumbar support and seat heating.

Granted, this isn’t WHY you buy a Lamborghini, but if you plan on doing any more driving than a quick milk run down to the corner store or a few race laps, it makes a massive difference to the overall everyday functionality.

The Huracan Evo has the same powerplant as the Performante (although not gold-colored). Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Huracan Evo has the same powerplant as the Performante (although not gold-colored). Credit: Billionaire Toys

EVO’s Power

Learning from Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo racing division, Lamborghini had already worked and evolved it’s V10 for the previous record-setting Huracán Performante, generating 471 kW / 631 hp / 640 CV at 8,000 rpm and 601 Nm / 443 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. It was only natural that Lamborghini would pass this on to the Huracán EVO generation as well.

With the incredible bark of the V10 behind you, the sunset before you, and spearing down a 2 km straight road, it’s hard to truly describe the effortlessness with which the Lamborghini’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission switches between gears, but faster than lightning is a good start.

The Huracán is the most successful V10 in Lamborghini's history. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Huracán is the most successful V10 in Lamborghini’s history. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Capable of accelerating 0-100kmh (0-62 mph) in 2.9 sec with a top speed of 325 km/h (201 mph), and sharing the same engine as its predecessor, it’s no surprise the straight-line performance stats of the Lamborghini Huracán EVO mirror those of the Huracán Performante. But it’s in the corners, where the all-wheel steering, 5x downforce, and LDVI brain are working harmoniously to see the EVO rise above the Performante. Already this has been recognized with the EVO performing faster around some sections of the Nardo test track.

Lamborghini Huracán EVO Fast Facts

  • Vehicle type: Two-door/ two-passenger super sports car
  • Base price: $US274,390 (in Australia $483,866 + $97,760 for optional extras featured on this particular car + $50,954 on-road costs = AU$626,014)
  • Available in AWD Coupe, RWD Coupe, AWD Spyder & RWD Spyder
  • Max speed: 325 kmh / 201 mph
  • Acceleration: 0-100kmh / 0-62 mph in 2.9 sec
  • Acceleration: 0-200kmh / 0-124 mph in 9.0 sec
  • Engine: V10, 5.2 litre naturally aspirated engine
  • Transmission: 7 speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Power: 640CV / 470kW / 631Hp
  • Torque: 443 pound-feet at 6500 rpm

Highs

Everything. In summary, this EVO knocked it out of the park on all five criteria: speed, sound, style, handling and comfort.

Lows

I dream of a future where the Huracán has factory-made vertical doors.

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Nice work with the evolution Lamborghini. Credit: Billionaire Toys

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Bugatti Bolide Revealed: Brand’s Most Extreme Track-Focused Hyper Sports Car

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Bugatti has revealed their most extreme hypercar concept to date – the Bugatti Bolide, boasting a weight-to-power ratio of 0.67 kg per PS and a top speed in excess of 310 mph.
The Bugatti Bolide concept hyper sports car. Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Bolide concept hyper sports car. Credit: Bugatti

A week ago, Bugatti started teasing an incoming new reveal, which we now know to be the extreme lightweight Bugatti Bolide.

Throwing around the question, “What if we developed an extreme, track-focused only hyper sports car?” Bugatti’s design team fast set about answering their own question in the form of an experimental study.

Bugatti Bolide Hypercar Garage Side View
The Bolide is a track-focused only experimental study. Credit: Bugatti

“We are perpetually aiming for new and exciting goals, and the question that we always keep in mind is: what if?” shared Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “We asked ourselves how we could realise the mighty W16 engine as a technical symbol of the brand in its purest form – with solely four wheels, engine, gearbox, steering wheel and, as the only luxury, two seats. Important aspects of our considerations were fine-tuning our iconic powertrain without any limitations as regards the weight-to-power ratio. These considerations resulted in the Bugatti Bolide. An uncompromising experiment, a thoroughbred, a Pur Sang that, in its brute exclusivity, impresses above all with high performance, low weight, and a driving experience in a whole new dimension. Driving the Bolide is like riding on a cannonball.”

The Bolide is powered by a modified 8-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti
The Bolide is powered by a modified 8-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti

Taking inspiration from historic X-Planes like the Bell X-1 jet flown by Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager in 1974 (the first person to break the sound barrier at Mach 1.06), the Bugatti Bolide is an ultra-sporty vehicle with distinct “X” references throughout the design.

Inspired by the Bell X-1 jet with "X" references throughout. Credit: Bugatti
Inspired by the Bell X-1 jet with “X” references throughout. Credit: Bugatti

Like previous Bugatti models, the design team have once again applied its iconic color split to the Bolide with the lower half in exposed carbon (increased to 60% of the vehicle) and the remaining 40% painted in historic French Racing blue.

Featuring a modified version of Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine, the Bolide is a track-focused hyper sports car with a stripped-down body for maximum downforce and an optimized gearbox for higher engine speeds.

Bugatti's most extreme, lightweight vehicle concept in modern times. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti’s most extreme, lightweight vehicle concept in modern times. Credit: Bugatti

Considered Bugatti’s most extreme, fasted, and lightest vehicle concept to date, the Bugatti Bolide boasts a weight-to-power ratio of 0.67kg per PS, made possible by the combination of the W16 engine with 1,850 PS and Bolide’s vehicle weight of 1,240 kilograms (as a comparison Koenigsegg’s One:1 power-to-weight ratio is 1,360 PS to 1360 kg for a 1:1 ratio).

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Weight-to-power ratio 0.67kg per PS. Credit: Bugatti

“In my 16 years at Bugatti, I have never worked on a more extreme concept,” says Achim Anscheidt, Director of Design at Bugatti. “The design of the Bolide is radically tailored to the idea of lightweight construction, and the design principle therefore follows on from the overriding goal of achieving a fascinating weight-to-power ratio of 0.67 kilograms per PS.

“It is the very first time that my team had the freedom of creating an absolutely minimalistic design around the W16 engine. The result is the most provocative proportion of a modern Bugatti ever and the distilled quintessence of our Bugatti design ethos that form follows performance,”

Continuing Bugatti's track racing legacy. Credit: Bugatti
Continuing Bugatti’s track racing legacy. Credit: Bugatti

To achieve a lighter bodyweight for the Bolide, Bugatti has completely overhauled the materials and production processes used, beginning with the screws and fastening elements made entirely out of titanium and 3D printed aerospace titanium alloy components.

Exterior carbon components have increased to 60%. Credit: Bugatti
Exterior carbon components have increased to 60%. Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Bolide focuses on performance and does away with some of the familiar "luxuries". Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Bolide focuses on performance and does away with some of the familiar “luxuries”. Credit: Bugatti

“The Bolide is the ultimate answer to the question of what if Bugatti built a track-focused hyper sports car that met the FIA’s safety requirements,” explained Stefan Ellrott, member of the Board of Management of Bugatti and Head of Technical Development. “Designed around the W16 powertrain with the minimum body structure and unbelievable performance data. The result: the smallest possible shell for a breathtaking performance vehicle that allows the W16 to truly come into its own.”

Currently revealed as a vehicle concept, no price has been announced yet, and it remains to be seen whether the Bugatti Bolide with go into series production in the future.

Bugatti Bolide Hypercar Track Aerial Diagonal View
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Multi-Million Dollar Elkhart Car Collection To Be Auctioned

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Over 240 cars from the single-owner Elkhart Collection will be auctioned this weekend almost entirely without reserve by RM Sotheby’s.
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The Elkhart Collection will take place 23-24 October 2020. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

There’s not a whole lot of car collections that break the 200 count and even less that come up for auction, so you can imagine the Elkhart Collection will pique the interest of avid car collectors and enthusiasts in general.

Named “The Elkhart Collection” by RM Sotheby’s who are the auction house behind the sale, the event was originally announced in January 2020 and scheduled to take place 1-2 May in Elkhart, Indiana. In light of global events, it was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled to 23-24 October 2020.

Elkhart Collection 2006 Ford GT Heritage
2006 Ford GT Heritage up for auction. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

Offered almost entirely without reserve, the single-owner collection of over 240 vehicles is the result of decades of careful collecting and showcases a tremendous range of marques, led in by Jaguar, Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Ford, Ferrari, and more.

Top-value highlights include an exceptionally rare, Jet Age designed 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia, delivered initially to famed General Motors designer Henry S. Lauve; a striking 1969 Lamborghini Miura upgraded to SV specification; a beautifully restored 1964 Aston Martin DB5 upgraded to Vantage specification; and a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Continuation, “car zero” built to 1963 specification for 2016 after which six more were constructed by Jaguar Classic, this one being the global press car prior to delivery.

A restored 1968 Iso Grifo GL Series I is yet another highlight, tastefully upgraded to the ultimate ‘7-Litri’ specification, alongside a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster.

Elkhart Collection 1993 Jaguar XJ220
1993 Jaguar XJ220 will attract the attention of a few. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

“The quality of the cars and the way that the Elkhart Collection has been maintained and looked after is incredible,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “The building that they’ve been housed in is much more than a storage facility and has been designed specifically for the care of collector cars. More than ever, it’s true to say that there is quite literally something for anyone in the collector car hobby within this group of cars, from microcars, to classics, 50s and 60s sports cars, the modern era, and beyond. If there’s something you like, you’ll likely find it in the Elkhart Collection. These cars are all great examples of their kind, meticulously chosen for the collection, and we’re excited to bring them to market almost entirely without reserve for an auction the entire hobby can enjoy.”

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A few of the Elkhart Colleciton up for offer. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

Cars in the collection range in value from $10,000 through to the multi-million-dollar mark and represent nearly every category within the collector car market. Additional cars on offer range from a London-to-Brighton veteran and still-eligible 1903 Clement 12/16 HP Rear-Entrance Tonneau, to the Classic Era beauty of a genuine factory-supercharged 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged ‘Sportsman’ Cabriolet, and the unmistakable tailfins of a Hampton Green 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. The spirited microcar era is led by a rare 1960 FMR Tg 500 ‘Tiger’ and modern supercars are represented by a low-mileage 1993 Jaguar XJ220 and a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition owned from new by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

Elkhart Collection 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone
1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone. Credit: RM Sothebys

Aside from the four-wheeled vehicles, the collection includes more than 30 motorcycles, a wooden triple-cockpit boat, an assortment of trucks, trailers, and equipment, alongside memorabilia such as children’s pedal cars, neon signs, and a variety of collectibles appealing to automotive collectors.

The auction follows in the footsteps of nearly 40 successful single owner private collection sales held by RM Sotheby’s over the years (an industry record), including the offering of The Guyton Collection, The Sáragga Collection, and The Taj Ma Garaj Collection in 2019 alone.

Elkhart Collection 1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale
The eye-catching 1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale up for auction. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

While live attendance to the 23 – 24 October auction has now been sold out, remote bidding is still available for those looking to add something new to their garage.

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SSC Tuatara Is World’s “Fastest Production Vehicle” With Top Speed of 316 MPH

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North American SSC Tuatara hypercar has claimed the title of the world’s “Fastest Production Vehicle” with an average top speed of 316.11 mph.
SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Driving Front Side
The SSC Tuatara is the world’s fastest production car. Credit: SCC North America

It wasn’t long ago that Koenigsegg set the world record for the fastest production vehicle with their Agera RS and then Bugatti with the Bugatti Chiron, but now the American built SSC Tuatara hypercar by SSC North America has broken the current record for the world’s fastest production vehicle with a blistering average top speed of 316.11mph.

SSC Tuatara Fastest Car Record Attempt Rear View
Checking over the SSC Tuatara. Credit: SCC North America

Driven by 29-year-old British professional racing driver Oliver Webb, the record-breaking drive took place on October 10 on a seven mile stretch of Route 160 outside of Las Vegas, using the first production SSC Tuatara owned by Philadelphian based Larry Caplin.

SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Oliver Webb
British race driver Oliver Webb getting ready to break records. Credit: SSC North America

Originally planned to run in November 2019, the record-breaking attempt had to be rescheduled to March after running into problems with shutting down the highway. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the record-breaking attempt was delayed once again.

SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Oliver James Webb Shelby
Going over final details with SSC CEO Jerod Shelby. Credit: SSC North America

Pushing the SSC Tuatara to an average speed of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h), Webb completed the two consecutive high-speed tests needed to set the world record for World’s Fastest Production Vehicle”.

SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Driving
The SSC Tuatara set an average time of 316 mph over two runs. Credit: SSC North America

The first run was completed in a time of 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h) in one direction before the second was completed in the opposite direction in an even faster time of 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h).

SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Run Las Vegas Nevada Speed
SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Driving Side View

To set an official record, the two runs had to be completed within an hour, and officials were on-site to confirm the record (using Dewetron GPS to track speeds using an average of 15 satellites).

SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Driving Side

“It’s been ten years since we held this record with our first car, the Ultimate Aero, and the Tuatara is leagues ahead. Its performance reflects the dedication and focus with which we pursued this achievement,” said Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC North America. “We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers, which is astonishing to do in a real world setting on a public road. America’s new claim to victory in the ‘land-based space race’ is going to be tough to beat.”

SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Oliver James Webb
Oliver Webb after the final run.

“There was definitely more in there. And with better conditions, I know we could have gone faster,” said Oliver Webb, who piloted the record run. “As I approached 331 mph, the Tuatara climbed almost 20 mph within the last five seconds. It was still pulling well. As I told Jerod, the car wasn’t running out of steam yet. The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realizing the car’s limit.”
Founded by Jerod Shelby in 1998 in Richland, WA, SSC North America is the American hypercar company that also created the Ultimate Aero, a model that previously held the “Fastest Production Car” record from 2007 – 2010 with a speed of 256.14 mph and is the basis for the SSC Tuatara.

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“We validate our engineering by building a car capable of going 330 mph,” shared Shelby on the day of the speed run. “We validate our passion by accomplishing this, despite years of setbacks and challenges. And we validate our values by making sure Oliver’s safety was the first and foremost important goal of the day.”

“We see ourselves as a piece of history that we hope inspires others to break their own boundaries,” says Shelby. “The only way we got to where we are today is by breaking our own. Accomplishing a feat of engineering that pushes the limits of a road-legal car by a margin this large is both exciting and inconceivable, even to me. We are entering a time where we are no longer faced by the limit of machines, but by the human factor.”

SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Jerod Shelby Oliver Webb 316 mph
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SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Jerod Shelby Oliver Webb Run
SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Jerod Shelby
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