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American Supercar In China: SSC Tuatuara Makes Public Debut

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On: Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

American Supercar In China: SSC Tuatuara Makes Public Debut

Despite the fact that the SSC Tuatara has been around for nearly a year, there wasn't an official public debut until just last week. The car was revealed to the public via editorial, shown off to a small group of potential buyers and was officially named, but no major auto-show debut of any sorts.

Well, SSC doesn't exactly do things the way other automakers do. Like setting world records on public highways rather than fancy tracks. And like doing a public reveal of one of the world's fastest supercars as almost a footnote.

The first official appearance of the curvy, ultra-fast Tuatara came at an event last week in Shanghai. It wasn't an auto show, and it wasn't designed entirely to reveal the Tuatara to the anxious public. It was an event about SSC establishing its presence in China, demonstrating, once again, that China is a primary market for expensive, exotic cars. The company announced its Chinese distribution partner—SSC Asia—and then pulled cloth off the Jason Castriota-designed Tuatara for the bright eyes and flashing cameras. Castriota and CEO Jerod Shelby were on hand at the event.

The Tuatara is SSC's follow-up to its world-record-breaking Ultimate Aero TT. The car gets more powerful and more aerodynamic, bringing promises of a new world record. It's powered by a 1,350-hp twin-turbo 7.0-liter V-8 engine paired to a seven-speed manual transmission. The car has also gotten much more curvy and aerodynamic and, in the process, more visually striking than its predecessor. It weighs only 2,600 lbs. thanks to carbon fiber-heavy build.

There's no word on when the Tuatara will hit the market or when SSC will put the promised 275 mph top speed to the official test. If SSC is successful it will take back the world record for fastest production car from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which now holds it at 267.8 mph.

Here's some video of the good stuff:

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