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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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).

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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).

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“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.”

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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.”

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Bugatti Shares Customer’s Divo “Lady Bug”

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One of the last Bugatti Divo’s to be delivered has been dubbed “Lady Bug” and features a geometric fading pattern across the bodywork.
The new Bugatti Divo Lady Bug. Credit: Bugatti
The new Bugatti Divo Lady Bug. Credit: Bugatti

When it was first introduced in 2018, the Bugatti Divo was already one of the world’s most in-demand hypercars, with only 40 vehicles available worldwide.

1600 diamond-shapes across the bodywork outlined in "Graphite". Credit: Bugatti
1600 diamond-shapes across the bodywork outlined in “Graphite”. Credit: Bugatti

Not long after its launch, a USA-based collector known as @officialbugattihellbee placed an order for a special Divo “Lady Bug” that would feature an eye-catching geometric fading design across the “Customer Special Red” bodywork.

Took almost two years to perfect the diamond design. Credit: Bugatti
Took almost two years to perfect the diamond design. Credit: Bugatti

At the beginning of the project, no one could have envisioned the project’s complexity and just how difficult it would prove to paint the diamonds onto the vehicle without distorting the design.

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Side Stairs View

What now appears as a flawlessly designed Bugatti Divo ended up taking almost two years to create as the CAD modelers, and production team worked to perfect the design of the 1,600 diamond shapes across the contours, curves, and ribs of the Divo “Lady Bug.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Shaped Panelling

“The ‘Lady Bug’ was an exceptional challenge and at the same time an unforgettable experience. Due to the nature of the project, where a 2D graphic was applied to a 3D sculpture, and after numerous failed ideas and attempts to apply the diamonds, we were close to giving up and saying: ‘We cannot meet the customer’s request’,” explains Jörg Grumer, Head of Color & Trim at Bugatti Design. “However, it is our profound conviction that we should never give up and that our foremost motivation should always be to make the impossible possible for the customer. We are proud of the expertise we applied in creating this Divo: a high quality and complex product based on pure craftsmanship and outstanding teamwork between design and development.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Shape Bodywork

Once the CAD team had completed the exterior graphic design of the Lady Bug, the application onto the bodywork was relatively smooth, with employees completing the process over a few days.

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Fuel Cap

“The thought of this project becoming a reality was not only exciting but a dream of mine,” shared the owner.” I was absolutely floored upon delivery. Working with the Bugatti design team on the Lady Bug’s production was an exceptional experience, not only in the true dedication to the flawless execution of the one of a kind design but also in the dedication at all levels involved in the final presentation of the vehicle. Not only is the vehicle a true masterpiece and work of art, but it is the true height of my collection to date and the most intricate and well developed vehicle I have owned. This is true because the team at Bugatti are truly masters of their craft and only work at the highest level of detail in each masterpiece they produce.”

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Porsche Reveals New Electric Taycan Cross Turismo

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The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is the electric shooting-brake model designed to be taken off-road.
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The new 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. Credit: Porsche

Porsche has revealed the new electric off-road model of the Taycan range known as the “Taycan Cross Turismo” – further strengthening Porche’s commitment to an electric future.

“We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility: by 2025, half of all the new vehicles we will deliver will have an electrified drive – either fully electric or plug-in hybrid,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG at the world premiere. “In 2020, one in three of all vehicles we delivered in Europe had an electric powertrain. The future belongs to electric mobility. With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we’re taking another major step in this direction.”

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Porsche predicts 50% of all their vehicles will have an electric drive. Credit: Porsche

Featuring a new high-tech chassis with an all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, and a greater load capacity, the Taycan Cross Turismo has been tweaked for an all-around improved off-road experience. Other modifications include a redesigned interior with more headroom for rear-seat passengers, higher ground clearance, and a new bike carrier design that allows the tailgate to be opened even when the bike rack is loaded.

New high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and greater load capacity. Credit: Porsche
New high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and greater load capacity. Credit: Porsche

The new Cross Turismo also comes with “Gravel Mode” for better handling on rough roads, and owners can choose to upgrade to the optional “Off-Road package,” which increases the ground clearance by up to 30mm for more extreme terrain.

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The new Taycan Cross Turismo will come in 4 variants:

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

  • With 280 kW (380 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.1 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power for Launch Control 350 kW (476 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 5.1 seconds
  • Top speed 220 km/h (136mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 389 – 456 km
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The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

  • With 360 kW (490 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.1 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 420 kW (571 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 4.1 seconds
  • Top speed 240 km/h (149mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 388 – 452 km
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The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

  • With 460 kW (625 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.7 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 500 kW (680 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 3.3 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 395 – 452 km
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The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

  • With 460 kW (625 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 29.4 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 560 kW (761 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 2.9 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 388 – 419 km.
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The Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, is always fitted as standard.

Prices for the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo start at US$90,000 and will be available from dealerships this summer.

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Porsche Taycan 4S “ArtCar” Will Be Auctioned for Charity

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American artist Richard Phillips and Porsche have collaborated on the new Porsche Taycan 4S “Artcar” that will be auctioned for charity.
Porsche Taycan 4S "Artcar" designed by artist Richard Phillips. Credit: Porsche
Porsche Taycan 4S “Artcar” designed by artist Richard Phillips. Credit: RM Sothebys

A new artistic Porsche Taycan 4S created in collaboration with American artist Richard Phillips will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s to raise funds for Swiss non-profit Suisseculter Sociale, helping to support artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will be auctioned by RM Sotheby's to raise funds for Suisseculter Sociale. Credit: RM Sothebys
Will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s to raise funds for Suisseculter Sociale. Credit: RM Sothebys

Based on Phillips’s 2010 large-scale painting “Queen of the Night” inspired by Swiss landscape artist Adolf Dietrich’s work, the art wrap features large three-dimensional elements of the floral blooms, blue skies, and butterflies across the body of the Taycan 4S.

Based on Richard Phillips "Queen of the Night" artwork. Credit: RM Sothebys
Based on Richard Phillips “Queen of the Night” artwork. Credit: RM Sothebys

 “The Queen of the Night livery culminates at the rear of the car with its namesake blossom wrapping completely around the bumper while being dramatically lit up by the Taycan’s signature horizontal light bar,” explains Phillips. “Conceptually, my Queen of the Night livery takes into consideration that the design of the Taycan is an instant icon of electric mobility and speed.

Bold florals form the artwork wrap around the electric Taycan 4S. Credit: RM Sothebys
Bold florals form the artwork wrap around the electric Taycan 4S. Credit: RM Sothebys

“Its lines and form are that of the artists and designers at Porsche who strove to communicate this feeling at first sight. I greatly respect this objective. The choice to work with my Dietrich-inspired painting was to reference the natural environment with its beauty and composition reimagined in concert with the sweeping gestures of the Taycan. Dietrich’s intimate relationship to the landscape was more than mere representation of the environment around him. It was to communicate the soul of Switzerland and Lake Constance. His art is universally recognized for this, and is something that I have been deeply moved by.”

Painted at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant. Credit: RM Sothebys
Painted at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant. Credit: RM Sothebys

Created at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant “Leuehof” in Zurich, the electric Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar was initially displayed in the culinary art space of the restaurant until COVID-19 regulations forced the closure of the restaurant in December 2020.

Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar

With the restaurant remaining closed due to the pandemic, the Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar will now make a series of appearances at various Porsche Centers in Switzerland before the online auction at www.rmsothebys.com that will run from April 6 – 13, 2021.

To ensure the full amount of the auction proceeds will go to charity, artist Richard Phillips, auction house RM Sotheby’s, and Porsche Schweiz AG have all agreed to forgo fees and commissions so that Suisseculture Sociale can distribute funds to hardship cases who would not be otherwise eligible for assistance.

Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar bonnet
Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar roof

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