Did the SSC Tuatara REALLY Set a 331mph World Record?

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The SSC Tuatara claims to be the fastest car in the world, having recently hit a reported world record top speed for a production car of 331mph! However, the official video of the run poses many questions that introduce an element of doubt, so let's investigate and determine if everything is what it seems...
SSC report that on 10th October, 2020, the Tuatara in production specification form broke a top speed record with one direction at 331.15mph and the other at 301.07mph for an average of 316.1mph - beating the previous record of the Koenigsegg Agera RS by 38.2mph (from 277.9mph). The runs took place on the very same road, the Nevada Highway 160 from the intersection with Tecopa Road with the Tuatara's fastest direction heading South-East towards Las Vegas and the slow speed on the return.
After plenty of time spent viewing the videos and analysing the data presented from the run so far, let's calculate whether it's possible and investigate further into these numbers. There are a number of areas that don't quite add up; from the time travelling between the fixed medians on the road and the painted street markings, to the dashboard and telemetry data being out of sync, and also on the technical side with the engine and gearbox configuration.
A further topic of discussion not mentioned is the noticeable lag between the shift points recorded by the telemetry data which can simply be seen coming a few seconds delayed in comparison to the visual cues of the shift and rev counter, plus the audible sound of the RPMs.
This video asks questions, based on the information given so far. If there are answers, it would be fantastic to hear them and the accompanying data that lines up to prove that the record has indeed been broken.
Thanks to Jey, Matt, Kaare, Robert, Misha and many more for their involvement.
FACTUAL CORRECTION: The rear tyre setup is 345, not 335 which produces a maximum 6th gear speed of 477.67 km/h - 296.15 mph, 3mph faster than suggested.
Information and data sources:
BBC Top Gear 331mph Record video:
SSC Tuatara vs Koenigsegg Agera RS head to head video:
Start location for the run:
Oli Webb confirming 6th gear for the run:
Comparative Data:
Koenigsegg Agera RS 271.19mph in 5th Oct 2017
Average run speed of 277.9mph
Slower run SE, faster run NW of 284.55mph
SSC Tuatara 331.15mph on 10th Oct 2020
Average run speed of 316.1mph
Faster run SE, slower run NW of 301.07mph
Median Comparisons:
Start to 1st median
Distance: 1.69km / 1.05m
Time: 38.18s = 99.5mph avg
1st to 2nd median
Distance: 1.81km / 1.13m
Time: 22.64s = 179.7mph avg
Entry at 192mph, exit at 307mph
2nd to 3rd median
Distance: 2.28km / 1.42m
Time: 28.24s including a pause
Pause is 3:82
Total time: 24.40s = 209.5mph avg
Entry at 307mph, exit at 242mph
1st to 3rd
Total excluding the pause is 47.39s = 195mph
Entry at 194mph, exit at 242mph, 331mph along the way
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  • Look at the time taken to reach the 200mph mark then see how fast the 300mph mark came along... what happens to aerodynamics before 200mph that make acceleration slower than above 200mph?

    Luke DawsonLuke Dawson3 päivää sitten
  • what if the computer is the one faking it

    Dead LeeDead Lee4 päivää sitten
  • Great Great Analysis

    Pigmalion TradingPigmalion Trading5 päivää sitten
  • Hi! I didn't expect such an investigation!

    Den ConnorDen Connor10 päivää sitten
  • Thanks alot for this great analysis and great intellectual display

    Faithful GodFaithful God11 päivää sitten
  • Thank you

    Bil KingBil King14 päivää sitten
  • I'm a huge fan of cars..sport and hypercar..but got check .. Thestradman...he went in the car ..for a spin... 5th gear get to 240mph at arounnd 7200rpm... The car go faster then 244 in 5th that for sure :)

    Bruno-pierre GouletBruno-pierre Goulet14 päivää sitten
  • The joke here is, if they had just said that they did 280 miles/hour, they still beat the official record and be the world’s fastest production car

    Pranav PPranav P14 päivää sitten

    PixersKev ProductionPixersKev Production15 päivää sitten

    PixersKev ProductionPixersKev Production15 päivää sitten
  • People trust Christian Koenigsegg and the likes of Bugatti, etc. Shelby is also a legendary name in motor racing ...... that of course was Carroll Shelby .... not the lying cheat Jerod Shelby who is the owner of this car crash, bullshit, lying shitheads of a company. Carroll is no relation to Jerod. I hope no one buys the faux Tuatara ..... which evidently is an old Cherokee word for lying bastard.

    3Vimages3Vimages17 päivää sitten
  • Very Nice Video Shmee. I enjoyed it. Regards from Greece.

    GeoAndroGeoAndro17 päivää sitten
  • what car maker, specially a hypercar one, in the world!!! makes a fake video!!! even the driver, sees to be relaxed, saying like he drive that speed before over and over again!!! but that relaxe, is fictional, when you get that speed, you dont curve your neck to front no, you get back, because the speed is g force and there the only clue we have to say, this, is no more, than other freacking americal agresive style comercial

    Daniel Solis RodriguezDaniel Solis Rodriguez18 päivää sitten
  • SSC: We are the fastest!!! SHMEE: Hold my chocolate milk!

    Zoltán NagyZoltán Nagy18 päivää sitten
  • He’s smiling but he looks incredibly angry.

    F1NLANDF1NLAND20 päivää sitten
  • What’s sad is that SSC could have simply made this car as is and it would have sold fairly well. 280mph is still an impressive number only a few cars are capable of. It’s such a beautiful design as well. Such a shame they decided to lie about the top speed.

    AngeloAngelo22 päivää sitten
  • Who else is here from the TikTok?

    James DolanJames Dolan24 päivää sitten
  • Anyways they already got their publicity now...

    kushal Bkushal B24 päivää sitten
  • Case closed now for sure, he lied

    Brandon KnightBrandon Knight24 päivää sitten
  • Hi Tim, just an idea here. If Jerod Shelby has difficulties to measure speed with GPS, why doesn't he just give a step back and measure speed with some photo cells along the track? I don't understand his difficulty. Cheers! My name is Tom aka Tiguapore.

    Thomas HubacherThomas Hubacher25 päivää sitten
  • Stupid

    Mathen MaranMathen Maran27 päivää sitten
  • Lord Shmee!

    Vinícius C MVinícius C M28 päivää sitten
  • Like the moon landing math and science exposes another lie.

    Society needs a system updateSociety needs a system update29 päivää sitten
    • Mate you made a fool of yourself. Maths and science PROVES the moon landing was real. On the other hand, it proves this speed run is fake

      Stan TorrenStan Torren9 päivää sitten
  • They should have sectioning body controlling standards of timing like salts flats.

    Pete RiveroPete Rivero29 päivää sitten
  • There is upcoming car by Bugatti in future with speed 650-700mph /kph

    Bugs 2.0Bugs 2.0Uukausi sitten
  • Don't be jealous bro, if it was Aston Martin you'd be all over there nuts

    Zeus m84Zeus m84Uukausi sitten
    • Jealous? He’s debunking the fake speed record. Don’t deny evidence.

      JDM Virgins MediaJDM Virgins Media6 päivää sitten
  • Nice catch.

    Car StuffCar StuffUukausi sitten
  • i love your restraint. i would have just called them liars. no hunting for soft words, no regard for feelings. [My Opening Statements if this were my Video] 'Let me Tell y'all About some Liars!'

    Petty PendergrassPetty PendergrassUukausi sitten
  • You gonna be at the second run?

    Sparkle pup ManSparkle pup ManUukausi sitten
  • i'm glad shmee decided to torque about it

    ZackZackUukausi sitten
  • Tuatara takes close to 10 seconds to accelerate from 250mph to 300mph. It seems to be impossible for the given specs.

    dark agesdark agesUukausi sitten
  • The 250mph to 300mph acceleration of the SSC is unbelievable (aka fake). If the SSC could accelerate like that at those speeds, it would be an even bigger accomplishment than going above 300 mph.

    dark agesdark agesUukausi sitten
  • great explanations. If only this level of explanation for people would don't believe Covid-19 precautions are necessary.

    J BettisJ BettisUukausi sitten
  • Shmeeeeeee

    AndrewLand YTAndrewLand YTUukausi sitten
  • Yeah well I have to say way to call it! Great video, the facts don't lie!

    Rapheal WoodRapheal WoodUukausi sitten
  • The perfect car for Joe Biden

    Dr: MonsterDr: MonsterUukausi sitten
  • Koenigsegg the BEST☝

    Женя КулешовЖеня КулешовUukausi sitten
  • i like your voice its very calming :)

    Hocus PocusHocus PocusUukausi sitten
  • 40 miles quicker is impossible but your equasion is faulty

    Daniel VanackereDaniel VanackereUukausi sitten
  • Can someone explain this to a slow guy like me? I know SSC did some shady stuff, but how does this video prove it? Its all going over my head.

    Fabrice RobinFabrice RobinUukausi sitten
  • Lol SSC sucks

    Ben CalvinBen CalvinUukausi sitten
  • The most suspicious thing to me in all of this is that they have said they will not be releasing the GPS data.

    Roger BarraudRoger BarraudUukausi sitten
  • Not trying to be rude but he said it’s impossible to take longer to get to the same spot if your moving faster but if it takes longer to speed up then it is actually is possible

    Jerry 2222x30Jerry 2222x30Uukausi sitten
  • Even when the Bugatti hit records, at the top end, those last few mph were herd to get, the numbers ticking up very slowly, even with 1300+ hp. This in-car vid shows the mph clicking up fast through 320s. That would indicate the car has even more to give. At only 1k hp, there’s not enough to push through. Incremental more speed requires exponentially more power, especially at these speeds when the air in front is literally compressed to same density as peanut butter.

    j wayneairj wayneairUukausi sitten
    • 1750HP, 0.279 drag coefficient and incredibly low frontal area (which makes it even more aerodynamic) is plenty to achieve 330mph with power to spare. Bugatti weighs as much as a fucking pig, has much larger frontal area and has much worse drag coefficient so of course it's gonna accelerate like a snail.

      Pagan MinPagan MinUukausi sitten
  • His body language, speech and overall presentation improved so much from his earlier videos.

    BitPebbleBitPebbleUukausi sitten
  • Shelby.........come out to playay!!!!!!

    PerformancePetePerformancePeteUukausi sitten
  • ummm it pauses because you can see it get the world record meaning this video was a waste of time

    LD ReaconLD ReaconUukausi sitten
  • Is he british??? I'm just curious

    xGolden x ViperxGolden x ViperUukausi sitten
  • Just like the man on the moon, a hoax!

    Danilo Ricardo do Valle RibeiroDanilo Ricardo do Valle RibeiroUukausi sitten
    • This one is a hoax, the moon landing isn’t. Your intelligence is a hoax though

      Stan TorrenStan Torren9 päivää sitten
  • Welcome to the FBI

    Elvis Car ReviewsElvis Car ReviewsUukausi sitten
  • Love the analysis! Agreed: too many “red flags” to buy what they are selling. I propose a real and transparent re-run! I also propose head to head races in the 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile and 1 mile distances. And a Nuremberg lap time, too!

    233Runner233RunnerUukausi sitten
  • Exposing the deceivers .

    Dave SinghDave SinghUukausi sitten

    msductantmsductantUukausi sitten
    • @E K Why would it make sense?

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonUukausi sitten
    • Is it really that hard to write in English so it makes sense?

      E KE KUukausi sitten
    • Go get a TDS test kit.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonUukausi sitten
  • I guess it 331kmph rather than 331mph, 🤣🤣🤣thy just swapped the units

    Draig 005Draig 005Uukausi sitten
    • 1.46 factor, not 1.608

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonUukausi sitten
  • You can put any European Hypercars against the ssc. None will ever even closer to it. she even smoke the chiron out that easy. It’s on FIworld lol

    777777Uukausi sitten
  • Kristen now you have chance to be the first person who build a car can reach 500 km/h pls try the jesko absolut

    Skander SeyhiSkander Seyhi2 kuukautta sitten
  • was zur Hölle ist mit deiner Stimme Los!?!?!

    Paul PalmPaul Palm2 kuukautta sitten
  • Great work Shmee! Now you need to solve how Biden won the election.

    Private EmailPrivate Email2 kuukautta sitten
  • The car may have had a glitch and the speedometer read the wrong speed, hey you never know

    Teh angry bird 345Teh angry bird 3452 kuukautta sitten
  • The Math adds up 280

    Luyanda NxumaloLuyanda Nxumalo2 kuukautta sitten
    • 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonUukausi sitten
  • 🤔🤔🤔🤔 I don't know man

    Luyanda NxumaloLuyanda Nxumalo2 kuukautta sitten
  • Not sure whether it has been raised by someone else, but one should be wary of the risks involved when people allow emotions to be a factor at the speeds we're talking about. If - I say IF - someone gets emotional and decides to "prove a point" or "save face", this has the potential to get someone killed.

    Colin HarrisColin Harris2 kuukautta sitten
  • They redid that entire hwy in the last couple years- changed grades and all

    Pro CrastinatorPro Crastinator2 kuukautta sitten
    • Dan Smulders actually, they widened it and smoothed out turns- using dynamite to bring down cliff sides . Again: I drive on this highway. It has drastically changed. I’m not sure if this has affected the comparison- just that it’s a distinct possibility that I think is being overlooked.

      Pro CrastinatorPro Crastinator2 kuukautta sitten
    • Dan Smulders He’s using the older version still on google maps to do his measurements. Next time I’m on that highway I will see if those distances are still the same, they very well could be. But elevational changes can change distance without changing landmarks necessarily, even appearing to show the same road landmarks that might be a little different. Again, I’m not claiming this is true, just that it is entirely possible.

      Pro CrastinatorPro Crastinator2 kuukautta sitten
    • Dan Smulders No, I did- what I’m saying- with experience driving that highway is that it has changed a little bit topographically, which might change some of the assumptive calculations, though not enough to warrant the ridiculous top speed, but enough to make the comparison with the agera off significantly. I’m looking forward to the redo- Expecting a little north of 300

      Pro CrastinatorPro Crastinator2 kuukautta sitten
  • Sorry. Bollocks. Complete. Full. Stop.

    Nico C.Nico C.2 kuukautta sitten
    • It ran 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonUukausi sitten
  • Shmerlock 150

    GT3 rsGT3 rs2 kuukautta sitten
    • It’s widely known it ran 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonUukausi sitten
  • ما نروملك المحلل 😂😂

    Hazim SalliHazim Salli2 kuukautta sitten
  • Tuatara to Agera : Dude. I almost had you :P Agera : You Almost had me ? You never had me. You never had Yourself. Tuatara : Sadface sighs

    Tech StudioTech Studio2 kuukautta sitten
  • *Your faster than tuatara,,* 🗣🚀⚡

    spontane ousspontane ous2 kuukautta sitten
  • So, orders could have come in for Tuataras, like crazy....the world's fastest car. But how many owners will repeat the test to see how fast their cars goes? So it becomes a "con"-fidence game....until Schmee got ahold of the vids. Great job!

    Claud ReindlClaud Reindl2 kuukautta sitten
    • impossible.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni2 kuukautta sitten
  • What height did the Worldwide record take place

    Roger KőllerRoger Kőller2 kuukautta sitten
    • for Shelby Super Cars (Inc.) I'm sure the great man would have something to say on falsifying performance claims, especially on the back of his legacy.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni2 kuukautta sitten
  • When have you all ever known America to be honest and play a fair game? Hell just look at our president..... Make American great

    Trader Lincoln MitchellTrader Lincoln Mitchell2 kuukautta sitten
  • I don't understand anything I heard here but I do feel smarter as if I'd stayed at an Holiday Inn Express now.

    Trebor SllawTrebor Sllaw2 kuukautta sitten
  • Love this style of vid!

    Leo MathleinLeo Mathlein2 kuukautta sitten
  • lie until they couldn't.

    soiung toiuesoiung toiue2 kuukautta sitten
    • They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnon2 kuukautta sitten
  • There is only one true explanation: when tuatara started driving the earth started spinning the opposite direction of the car making the tuatara able to reach the speed of light.

    MC BabinosMC Babinos2 kuukautta sitten
    • My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

      kolim jonekolim jone2 kuukautta sitten
  • Don't they have professional out there to make sure it true, I would like them to run another one to show

    hyper 200 1hyper 200 12 kuukautta sitten
    • They have and the engine had problems

      Stan TorrenStan Torren9 päivää sitten
    • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnon2 kuukautta sitten
  • Science biatch!

    Philippe TANGPhilippe TANG2 kuukautta sitten
    • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue2 kuukautta sitten
  • Why use an onboard timing system? Shouldn't this be based on time and distance at the roadside? The big boy land speed record attempts use point to point timing systems.

    Trev LogieTrev Logie2 kuukautta sitten
  • Nice one, Tim!

    Trev LogieTrev Logie2 kuukautta sitten
  • Tim keep digging. Why these companies pay attention

    James PughJames Pugh2 kuukautta sitten
  • Trust an American car company to bring some of that Hollywood magic to the world record for production car top speed 🤩

    bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyui2 kuukautta sitten
  • Shmee is a man of integrity. No 1 should question him.

    Joseph RichardsJoseph Richards2 kuukautta sitten
  • Koenigsegg: 'STOP THE COUNT!'

    AndyRhyeAndyRhye2 kuukautta sitten
  • Most excellent video Mr. Shmee. A proper, unbiased dissection of SSC's claims. For sure the Tuatara is a great car but..... Blanking out the speedometer reading? S.S.C. stands for Shelby Super Cars (Inc.) I'm sure the great man would have something to say on falsifying performance claims, especially on the back of his legacy.

    Martin BevisMartin Bevis2 kuukautta sitten
    • "Because speed and time is relative"

      bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyui2 kuukautta sitten
  • Excellent marketing for the fastest car! Also, a second overdrive is not inherently weaker than 1:1 nor the first. It is simply an increase in gear stress. That doesn't have to be impossible.

    Charley HorseCharley Horse2 kuukautta sitten
  • Shmee I Think Trump and his campaign financed the SSC on this run a told them to make it the" fastest ever!" 🤣🤣😂😂

    EAC Entertainment ChannelEAC Entertainment Channel2 kuukautta sitten
  • Guess it's not the only thing the US is faking this year

    Donvito CamoteDonvito Camote2 kuukautta sitten
  • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

    Ailsa NiAilsa Ni2 kuukautta sitten
  • They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

    5051975051972 kuukautta sitten
  • My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

    truegritetruegrite2 kuukautta sitten
  • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

    sehhi vootysehhi vooty2 kuukautta sitten
    • Great investigative work Shmee, are you available to help the US media learn some investigative techniques and curiosity?

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni2 kuukautta sitten
  • Hi guys I'm Nick and NO is the answer we all came for. There I saved you 20 mins your welcome

    nickacelvnnickacelvn2 kuukautta sitten
  • I love how the CEO of tuatarra looks EXACTLY like Christian Von Koenigsegg 😂

    dartdart2 kuukautta sitten
    • Fun fact: Ceo of SSC and Christian Von Koenigsegg actually know each other

      B4siliskB4silisk2 kuukautta sitten
    • They look like brothers

      adam aliadam ali2 kuukautta sitten
  • Wow

    Kim Bryan YsibidoKim Bryan Ysibido2 kuukautta sitten
    • A car that has (as read in a comment): 1247 kg weight, 1750hp and 0.279 drag coefficient, a very low frontal area and is very aerodynamic, can easily beat the previous record

      sehhi vootysehhi vooty2 kuukautta sitten
  • what is your engineering background?and why are you whining about this😂😂🤣

    nemesis primenemesis prime2 kuukautta sitten
    • what is YOUR engineering background?and why are you commenting about this😂😂🤣

      CyvanCyvan2 kuukautta sitten
  • I can barely cook bacon without burning it, so all of your math hurt my head, but it was still a great video! I live in Nevada, so it's cool to find out that this is where they do their runs

    Nunya BusinessNunya Business2 kuukautta sitten
  • Who in their right mind will pull their deposit on a Bugatti to get into a not so relevant brand.

    Oswal HernándezOswal Hernández2 kuukautta sitten
  • "Because speed and time is relative"

    Muhammad RamadhanMuhammad Ramadhan2 kuukautta sitten
  • Awesome work, Shmee!!!

    ShionShinigamiShionShinigami2 kuukautta sitten
  • To the 1.2K people that disliked this video: stop being American car fanboys and swallow the fact that SSC seems to have, and most likely, lied about a world record to get media attention

    TheGaminPowerhouseTheGaminPowerhouse2 kuukautta sitten