The second time was the charm of the SSC Tuatara supercar, which claims the fastest world record of 282.9 mph.
The $ 1.9 million Washington state-built coupe completed the feat of the old space shuttle strip in Florida on January 17.
As required by many well-known record keeping authorities, the 1,750-horsepower supercar made two tracks in opposite directions to take into account wind and other environmental factors at speeds of 279.7 mph and 286.1 mph. This averages up to 282.9 miles per hour, which would exceed the existing mark of 277.87 miles per hour set in 2017 by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
SSC thought it broke that record last October when Tuatara was averaging 316.11 mph on a closed highway in Nevada with professional pilot Oliver Webb at the wheel, but questions were raised about the accuracy of the time that led SSC to make the second experience with redundant speed validation provided by Racelogic (VBox), Life Racing, Garmin and IMRA (International Mile Racing Association).
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The Tuatara was driven in Florida by its owner, car collector Larry Kaplan, who had previously told Fox News that he had never even driven nearly 250 miles per hour, but planned one day. The shuttle landing strip provided a 2.3-mile stretch for the experience, which was much shorter than that available in Nevada and required more aggressive acceleration to reach top speed with the possibility of deceleration.
SSC owner Jerod Shelby said it is not over yet and plans to return in the spring to hit 300 mph, which Bugatti Chiron achieved on Volkswagen’s test track in Germany, but only in one direction.