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SSC Rolls Out New Power Plant

SSC, previously known as Shelby Super Cars, has finalized development of the engine that will power SSC’s new supercar the Tuatara. A twin turbo charged 7-liter V8 will power the American supercar, SSC claims the engine will produce 1350 horsepower and 1280 lb-ft of torque when running on 91 octane.

Founder, Jarod Shelby, said a few years ago that the SSC Tuatara would reach speeds of about 300 mph. While it remains to be seen what the car’s top speed will be, it will certainly contend for the title of world’s fastest production car.

In a press release from SSC, they note the Tuatara will have “incredible daily driver characteristics” a claim we’ll leave to the lucky journalist who gets to drive one to decide.

What makes this car particularly impressive is that unlike the Hennessey Venom, which is based on a heavily modified Lotus Exige chassis, the Tuatara is built from the ground up. This means SSC had to spend a lot of money getting the car past US and European safety regulations, intentionally wrecking a few cars that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to build.

It’s not clear when the Tuatara will be unveiled, but it seems possible that a running concept will be at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concourse D’elegance.