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

26 Okt 2020
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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:
dehave.info/down/gGdie8evf52klaA/video
SSC Tuatara vs Koenigsegg Agera RS head to head video:
dehave.info/down/goGfd6zEf2vbq6Q/video
Start location for the run:
goo.gl/maps/6ZzK3ZCppWJZqoxL6
Oli Webb confirming 6th gear for the run:
dehave.info/down/lKCFprmWi4C3yag/video
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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  • His body language, speech and overall presentation improved so much from his earlier videos.

    BitPebbleBitPebbleVor Tag
  • Shelby.........come out to playay!!!!!!

    PerformancePetePerformancePeteVor 2 Tage
  • ummm it pauses because you can see it get the world record meaning this video was a waste of time

    LD ReaconLD ReaconVor 2 Tage
  • Is he british??? I'm just curious

    xGolden x ViperxGolden x ViperVor 4 Tage
  • If this was the case then Guinness would have to be compromised also. It could be simply due to editing Tires grow in height the faster you go. You need to work physics into this.

    brin keebrin keeVor 4 Tage
    • You’re late. It ran 250 in the ”331” run.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonVor 3 Tage
  • Just like the man on the moon, a hoax!

    Danilo Ricardo do Valle RibeiroDanilo Ricardo do Valle RibeiroVor 4 Tage
  • Welcome to the FBI

    Elvis Car ReviewsElvis Car ReviewsVor 4 Tage
  • 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!

    233Runner233RunnerVor 5 Tage
  • Exposing the deceivers .

    Dave SinghDave SinghVor 5 Tage
  • DONALD TRUMP SPREAD THE LIES DISEASE IN AMERICA GOT AMERICAN COMPANIES TO THINK ITS OK TO LIE SOME ONES ALWAYS GOING TO FACT CHECK

    msductantmsductantVor 5 Tage
    • Go get a TDS test kit.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonVor 3 Tage
  • I guess it 331kmph rather than 331mph, 🤣🤣🤣thy just swapped the units

    Draig 005Draig 005Vor 6 Tage
    • 1.46 factor, not 1.608

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonVor 3 Tage
  • 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 DEhave lol

    777777Vor 6 Tage
  • 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 SeyhiVor 7 Tage
  • was zur Hölle ist mit deiner Stimme Los!?!?!

    Paul PalmPaul PalmVor 7 Tage
  • Great work Shmee! Now you need to solve how Biden won the election.

    Private EmailPrivate EmailVor 7 Tage
  • The car may have had a glitch and the speedometer read the wrong speed, hey you never know

    Teh angry bird 345Teh angry bird 345Vor 8 Tage
  • The Math adds up 280

    Luyanda NxumaloLuyanda NxumaloVor 9 Tage
    • 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonVor 3 Tage
  • 🤔🤔🤔🤔 I don't know man

    Luyanda NxumaloLuyanda NxumaloVor 9 Tage
  • 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 HarrisVor 9 Tage
  • My 79 VW Rabbit just did 420mph, on rainbow road. Fight me if you don’t believe it.

    Dan SmuldersDan SmuldersVor 9 Tage
  • They redid that entire hwy in the last couple years- changed grades and all

    Pro CrastinatorPro CrastinatorVor 9 Tage
    • 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 CrastinatorVor 8 Tage
    • @Pro Crastinator I highly doubt the Government would waste tax dollars moving u-turn spots and guardrails that are already in place, sure the lanes might have been milled /repaved, but the barriers etc are far enough from the road that they wouldn’t need to be touched to do the actual road work. That car might have hit the 300km mark, not even close to 300mph though. Cars don’t move top speed record numbers by 50mph at a time, more like 5mph intervals.

      Dan SmuldersDan SmuldersVor 9 Tage
    • 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 CrastinatorVor 9 Tage
    • 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 CrastinatorVor 9 Tage
    • The u turn points, the land marks he first used as a comparison, didn’t change. He even states that at the beginning of the video. Did you not watch it or something?

      Dan SmuldersDan SmuldersVor 9 Tage
  • Sorry. Bollocks. Complete. Full. Stop.

    Nico C.Nico C.Vor 9 Tage
    • It ran 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonVor 3 Tage
  • Shmerlock 150

    GT3 rsGT3 rsVor 10 Tage
    • It’s widely known it ran 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas LarssonVor 3 Tage
  • This is one of the best youtube channels on youtube, Shmee is a great man

    handsome danhandsome danVor 10 Tage
  • ما نروملك المحلل 😂😂

    Hazim SalliHazim SalliVor 10 Tage
  • 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 StudioVor 10 Tage
  • *Your faster than tuatara,,* 🗣🚀⚡

    spontane ousspontane ousVor 11 Tage
  • I smell something fishy.

    Dee GeeDee GeeVor 11 Tage
  • 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 ReindlVor 11 Tage
    • impossible.

      Ailsa NiAilsa NiVor 10 Tage
  • What height did the Worldwide record take place

    Roger KőllerRoger KőllerVor 11 Tage
    • 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 NiVor 10 Tage
  • 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 MitchellVor 12 Tage
  • 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 SllawVor 12 Tage
  • Love this style of vid!

    Leo MathleinLeo MathleinVor 12 Tage
  • lie until they couldn't.

    soiung toiuesoiung toiueVor 13 Tage
    • They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnonVor 11 Tage
  • 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 BabinosVor 13 Tage
    • My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

      kolim jonekolim joneVor 12 Tage
  • 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 1Vor 13 Tage
    • 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 dnonVor 11 Tage
  • Science biatch!

    Philippe TANGPhilippe TANGVor 13 Tage
    • 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 toiueVor 13 Tage
  • 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 LogieVor 13 Tage
  • Nice one, Tim!

    Trev LogieTrev LogieVor 13 Tage
  • Tim keep digging. Why these companies pay attention

    James PughJames PughVor 14 Tage
  • Trust an American car company to bring some of that Hollywood magic to the world record for production car top speed 🤩

    bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyuiVor 14 Tage
  • Shmee is a man of integrity. No 1 should question him.

    Joseph RichardsJoseph RichardsVor 14 Tage
  • Koenigsegg: 'STOP THE COUNT!'

    AndyRhyeAndyRhyeVor 14 Tage
  • 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 BevisVor 14 Tage
    • "Because speed and time is relative"

      bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyuiVor 14 Tage
  • 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 HorseVor 14 Tage
  • 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 ChannelVor 14 Tage
  • Guess it's not the only thing the US is faking this year

    Donvito CamoteDonvito CamoteVor 14 Tage
  • 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 NiVor 15 Tage
  • They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

    505197505197Vor 15 Tage
  • My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

    truegritetruegriteVor 15 Tage
  • 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 vootyVor 16 Tage
    • Great investigative work Shmee, are you available to help the US media learn some investigative techniques and curiosity?

      Ailsa NiAilsa NiVor 15 Tage
  • Hi guys I'm Nick and NO is the answer we all came for. There I saved you 20 mins your welcome

    nickacelvnnickacelvnVor 16 Tage
  • I love how the CEO of tuatarra looks EXACTLY like Christian Von Koenigsegg 😂

    dartdartVor 16 Tage
    • Fun fact: Ceo of SSC and Christian Von Koenigsegg actually know each other

      B4siliskB4siliskVor 10 Tage
    • They look like brothers

      adam aliadam aliVor 11 Tage
  • Wow

    Kim Bryan YsibidoKim Bryan YsibidoVor 16 Tage
    • 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 vootyVor 16 Tage
  • what is your engineering background?and why are you whining about this😂😂🤣

    nemesis primenemesis primeVor 16 Tage
    • what is YOUR engineering background?and why are you commenting about this😂😂🤣

      CyvanCyvanVor 13 Tage
  • 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 BusinessVor 16 Tage
  • Who in their right mind will pull their deposit on a Bugatti to get into a not so relevant brand.

    Oswal HernándezOswal HernándezVor 16 Tage
  • "Because speed and time is relative"

    Muhammad RamadhanMuhammad RamadhanVor 16 Tage
  • Awesome work, Shmee!!!

    ShionShinigamiShionShinigamiVor 16 Tage
  • 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

    TheGaminPowerhouseTheGaminPowerhouseVor 17 Tage
  • This just tells you how reliable gueniss book of records is. They are in the same shit hole as wikipedia.

    guglje kuracguglje kuracVor 17 Tage
  • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

    bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyuiVor 17 Tage
  • Great Scott! Could you imagine buying this hypercar 🤑 only to find it's not all that hyper🙍‍♂️

    gvelez389gvelez389Vor 17 Tage
    • Well, it’s Hyperbole

      Tim BTim BVor 16 Tage
  • Shmee what have you done. Now you have to go into witness protection.

    Rock girlRock girlVor 17 Tage
  • The ceo called you out lol

    Andrew PrichardAndrew PrichardVor 17 Tage
    • Just rename it the TRUMPatura. All good then.

      bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyuiVor 17 Tage
  • Great investigative work Shmee, are you available to help the US media learn some investigative techniques and curiosity?

    BigmogulsBigmogulsVor 18 Tage
  • UPDATE: They plane on doing another run.

    Sahl HafijSahl HafijVor 18 Tage
  • i think, SSC it's falling into the same problem as Devel's Sixteen...

    Alejandro GonzálezAlejandro GonzálezVor 18 Tage
    • SSC : In your face Bugatti . We're the record holder . Shmee : Oh really ?🤨 SSC : Oh Sh*t , run

      Rock girlRock girlVor 17 Tage
  • Just having look at the suddenly increasing acceleration after 200 mph made me immediately doubt about the fairness of the shown data. The car speeds up slower and slower and then it abruptly goes so fast, as if it would be going in the vacuum.

    Dmitri KonnovDmitri KonnovVor 18 Tage
  • 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, could IN THEORY beat the previous record holder (2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS) which was heavier, less powerful (1350 hp vs 1750 hp) and less aerodynamic. Simple logic......... Nevertheless, what is theoretical must be implemented in practice, attested by credible witnesses not by dubious video footage. Can't wait to see what'll happen next.

    xuartemaxuartemaVor 18 Tage
    • Yeah it definitely can, if it had the same level of back ups to prove that it really did 331 mph as the fastest run... Koenigsegg did and had uploaded 3 different shots of it, one with the fastest run where you can see the dashboard VERY CLEARLY...

      Happytot10Happytot10Vor 3 Tage
    • ^ a good example of blatant ignorance, you are.

      CyvanCyvanVor 13 Tage
  • As well as all the high tec timing gear why don’t they have a simple no frills GPS speed monitor like Schmee had in his Ford GT, it can’t be tampered with and would give a real world indication as back up. Also why aren’t official timing companies employed, the likes of Tag Heur or Rolex, they wouldn’t risk their reputation by fudging the figures?

    CB Super-BikesCB Super-BikesVor 18 Tage
  • President Trump said it broke the record so it’s real. Case closed, Murica!

    nakternalnakternalVor 18 Tage
  • umm I just used the same formula to calculate the speed of a few drag cars and each one was off by roughly 20 to 30 mph so probably not the best formula to use when its not accounting for other variables and in order to get the real speed you would have to account for both terminal velocity along acceleration because the formula only accounts for objects moving at a fixed speed and the land speed record is over 400 mph with an engine driven non production vehicle and was set in 1969 (the nhra record in the 1/4 mile is 338 mph at 3.6 seconds while dom lagana put down the same trap speed at 4.48 seconds)

    Shaolin masterShaolin masterVor 18 Tage
  • Only the salty Europeans would try to find something wrong with anything the Americans do.

    Gary ShookGary ShookVor 18 Tage
    • Coz the europeans actually had proof that they did it🤷‍♀️

      Happytot10Happytot10Vor 3 Tage
    • because there is always something wrong with anything muricans do ;)

      CyvanCyvanVor 13 Tage
  • SSC: We did it!! We hit 331! Shmee: Allow me to introduce to you...Google Maps.

    AmeriGerman GarageAmeriGerman GarageVor 19 Tage
  • Another thing that adds to the "tuatara didn't reach 331 MPH" pile is the Bugatti Chiron top speed video. While it has a lot of cuts and all that, if you look at the road markings themselves you notice that it goes a good hunch faster than the Tuatara does in the video and considering how in said vid it hits 290MPH it seems to indicate that the Tuatara indeed didn't reach 331MPH in the video.

    ItalianDragonItalianDragonVor 19 Tage
  • Buggati crying in background

    Dark 444Dark 444Vor 19 Tage
  • Tuataratuaratua: WE JUST BROKE THE WORLD RECORD SHMEE: Hold my Silver Spoon 👮🏼

    qopoy dnonqopoy dnonVor 19 Tage
  • Shmee's gear box calculator is not accurate to what the car can actually do. the Tuatara did 238 MPH @ 7,200 it will well exceed 242 @ 8,000 rpm.

    Blackline TransportationBlackline TransportationVor 19 Tage
  • Just rename it the TRUMPatura. All good then.

    Jon ClarkeJon ClarkeVor 19 Tage
  • I actually didn’t mentioned that but yes its not real

    Mr. P1Mr. P1Vor 19 Tage
    • SSC: Super scammer company

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnonVor 19 Tage
  • Acceleration is not linear, it got curves. An exponential profile

    Mr NohMr NohVor 19 Tage
  • SSC : In your face Bugatti . We're the record holder . Shmee : Oh really ?🤨 SSC : Oh Sh*t , run

    balungile madibabalungile madibaVor 19 Tage
  • AmeriKa can't built a decent car 😂😂😂 🇺🇸=💩💩💩

    YUSKHANYUSKHANVor 19 Tage
  • Disappointing if the calculations are all correct.

    Gods DesyplGods DesyplVor 19 Tage
  • Ssc tuatara is not a car but a jet. Just with car body.

    Md Hm SakilMd Hm SakilVor 19 Tage
  • Why not ask his friends Ollie Web?

    Grizzly ReaperGrizzly ReaperVor 20 Tage
  • Clever stuff! And they even blurred out the speedo which showed probably quite normal numbers, i guess... Shame. Now I'm sure, I'll buy a Koenginsegg instead! :D

    segmentkings.comsegmentkings.comVor 20 Tage
  • Shelby-gate

    iPlayiPlayVor 20 Tage
  • I believe it because it would not be on the internet if it was not true

    Drone FlightDrone FlightVor 20 Tage
    • Nonsense.

      Neovis HengNeovis HengVor 19 Tage
  • The answer to if it's true or fake is in the cars name tuatara my ex wife was named Tara she was full of shit too 🤣🤣

    Jack ReesJack ReesVor 20 Tage
  • How can it always be going faster then its average speed? thats impossible

    Aaron GlasserAaron GlasserVor 20 Tage
  • Tuataratuaratua: WE JUST BROKE THE WORLD RECORD SHMEE: Hold my Silver Spoon 👮🏼

    ceerw butyceerw butyVor 20 Tage
  • Maybe Earth is flat, thats why ? :)

    1337Turbogurke1337TurbogurkeVor 20 Tage
  • Brilliant work! Kudos on catching this, brilliant analysis.

    Anuraag TiwariAnuraag TiwariVor 20 Tage
  • SSC: Super scammer company

    Tyrone Gregory AlbutraTyrone Gregory AlbutraVor 20 Tage
  • Ssc tuatara:Hey i set 331 mph Koenigsegg jesko absolut:Hold my cup

    LUP DENISLUP DENISVor 20 Tage
    • @ceerw buty the Koenigsegg jesko absolut is fasster than ssc tuatara for sure

      LUP DENISLUP DENISVor 20 Tage
    • We don’t know the gear ratio in the rear end, is that not quite significant?

      ceerw butyceerw butyVor 20 Tage
  • Hennessy Venom GT : Oh? 500km/h? That's it?

    Abdul Yasser SumbagAbdul Yasser SumbagVor 20 Tage
  • im confused by Bugatti that goes 490km/h but 538km/h i dont belive

    john gotijohn gotiVor 20 Tage
  • Alright Hennessy F5 its your turn to hit 300+ 😈😈

    suihpro M orphiussuihpro M orphiusVor 21 Tag
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