PRESENT

THE RACE TO

"REDEMPTION RUN"

THE WORLD'S FASTEST CAR?

 Will Jerod Shelby and SSC win back their reputation and become the first 300 mph car in history? You’ll find out in the coming weeks.

THE 2020 CONTROVERSY

The Fight to Save a 

On October. 10th, 2020, CEO Jerod Shelby and his Washington-based company SSC North America, seemed to achieve the impossible – not just breaking the World Production Car Speed Record, but shattering it. Their 1750hp hypercar, the SSC Tuatara, reached a staggering 331.15 mph, averaging a two-way speed of 316.11 mph, and easily surpassing the previous 2-directional record of 277.9 mph set by Koenigsegg’s Agera RS.

But what was once a dream come true for Shelby and SSC quickly became a full on PR nightmare. 

Questions began to circulate from the online and automotive community about the legitimacy of the world record run.

Analyzing the video frame-by-frame, online sleuths determined it was a physical impossibility that the Tuatara reached the speeds that SSC claimed. As doubts were cast on the record and accusations swirled around SSC and its founder, was this becoming the Fyre Fest of the automotive world? 

With his record and reputation on the line, Jerod Shelby publicly acknowledged their data was inaccurate and vowed to make another, more transparent run at the world production car speed record. But with the world watching and the stakes higher than ever, will Jerod Shelby and the SSC Tuatara outrun the controversy and reclaim their record? Or will Shelby crash and burn?

THE CAR

This fall all eyes will be on the SSC Tuatara – an American made $1.6 million hypercar. With a state-of-the-art engine created by famed builder, Tom Nelson, and its fighter jet-like aerodynamics finely crafted by renowned car designer, Jason Castriota, (Ferrari, Pininfarina), the carbon-fiber based Tuatara boasts an unprecedented drag coefficient of 0.279. 

The Tuatara currently holds the title of World’s Fastest Production Car, recording an official top speed of 286.1 mph, and a 2-way average of 282.9mph in January of this year.  Shelby reclaimed the record on a 2.3 mile stretch of runway in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Though it seems this speed neither satisfied the skeptics nor Jerod Shelby, who claims he won’t stop until the Tuatara finally breaks the mythical 300mph barrier. 

"I firmly believe this car will run a record. I don't know how fast it will go, but I think very high 200's. Is it going to crack 300? I don't know. But I think it will be damn close."
ROBERT MITCHELL
Apex Nürburg

THE COMPETITION

WATCH "THE COMPETITION"

THE LOCATION

EDWARDS AIRFORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA

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