Thursday, July 21, 2011

Shelby Supercars Tustara Revealed [with Video]

Jerod Shelby and his team at Shelby SuperCars (SSC) have introduced its latest model, codenamed Tuatara. The chosen-name inspired by a modern day New Zealand reptile.

Currently no official details to be given by the American manufaturer, they only said Tuatara will get the revisions on areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and shear all-around performance.

And yes, this is the latest model after the three years of production of the SSC’s former world’s fastest car, we talk about the 256mph, 1062bhp Ultimate Aero which was also taking a part in the Forbes’ top ten of the most expensive cars in the world.

Hit the jump for the video, first images, as well as the press release.

Press Release:

SSC Announces Name of Next Generation Supercar

Shelby SuperCars (SSC), the American supercar manufacturer and creator of the world record breaking Ultimate Aero, is proud to introduce its latest contribution to automobile enthusiasts worldwide. Following several years of design and development of its revolutionary new supercar, SSC has named its new car TUATARA (pronounced twu?tar?ah).

“The design specifications for the Next Generation SSC were so extreme; we knew early on that a proper name would be a key piece of the puzzle for this project,” says Jerod Shelby, Founder, Lead Designer and CEO of SSC.

The name “Tuatara” was inspired by a modern day New Zealand reptile that bears the same name. A direct descendent of the dinosaur, this reptile’s name translated from the Maori language means “peaks on the back,” which is quite fitting, given the winglets on the back of the new car. While the Tuatara is a very unique creature, there was a particular property of this reptile that immediately married it with SSC. The Tuatara possesses the fastest evolving DNA in the world, and amongst the world’s greatest supercar manufacturers, so does SSC.

Mr. Shelby explains, “Most manufacturers essentially use the same basic model and body shape for up to 10 years, while only making small refinements to it each year. After only three years in production with the Ultimate Aero, SSC’s Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and shear all?around performance. We felt that the fastest evolving DNA was a perfect definition of SSC’s latest project.”

Exclusive video footage of Shelby SuperCars Founder Jerod Shelby unveiling the name of SSC’s Next Generation supercar.


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