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The wild story behind the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking run

For all the planning, simulations, and research that had gone into SSC North America’s assault on the production car top speed record, it seemed almost too cruel for a crosswind to be the fateful force that nearly derailed the whole thing. By now you’ve almost certainly heard the news: The SSC Tuatara hypercar shattered the record for the fastest production car in history earlier this month, hitting 331.15 on the final pass to average a mind-numbing 316.001 mph.


The history-making achievement is crazy on its own, but the story behind the record is perhaps even more outrageous. In an interview with Hagerty, SSC CEO Jerod Shelby detailed the circumstances that surrounded the attempt, as well as the emotional rollercoaster of the day’s events.


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