It’s a simple thing, top speed – or so you might think. Finding the power, designing the aero and driving down a straight bit of road at a very great rate of knots are the (relatively) easy bits. Getting the speed authenticated, now that’s tough.
Just ask American hypercar maker and would-be top speed champion SSC. Its Tuatara contender for the fastest car title boasts a 1,770PS (1302kW) 5.9-litre twin-turbo V8 and looks that wouldn’t be out of place in Top Gun. Fast? It looks supersonic.
And that’s what it has virtually proved to be. An extraordinary in-car video of it being driven by Le Mans racer Oli Webb in 2020 showed it to hit a one-way v-max of 331mph on the old Space Shuttle runway.