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
    Thanks for watching, Tim
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    1. Hocus Pocus

      i like your voice its very calming :)

    2. Daniel Vanackere

      40 miles quicker is impossible but your equasion is faulty

    3. Fabrice Robin

      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.

    4. Ben Calvin

      Lol SSC sucks

    5. Roger Barraud

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

    6. Jerry 2222x30

      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

    7. j wayneair

      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.

      1. Pagan Min

        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.

    8. BitPebble

      His body language, speech and overall presentation improved so much from his earlier videos.

    9. PerformancePete

      Shelby.........come out to playay!!!!!!

    10. LD Reacon

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

    11. xGolden x Viper

      Is he british??? I'm just curious

    12. brin kee

      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.

      1. Jonas Larsson

        You’re late. It ran 250 in the ”331” run.

    13. Danilo Ricardo do Valle Ribeiro

      Just like the man on the moon, a hoax!

    14. Elvis Car Reviews

      Welcome to the FBI

    15. 233Runner

      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!

    16. Dave Singh

      Exposing the deceivers .

    17. msductant


      1. Jonas Larsson

        Go get a TDS test kit.

    18. Draig 005

      I guess it 331kmph rather than 331mph, 🤣🤣🤣thy just swapped the units

      1. Jonas Larsson

        1.46 factor, not 1.608

    19. 777

      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 USfilm lol

    20. Skander Seyhi

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

    21. Paul Palm

      was zur Hölle ist mit deiner Stimme Los!?!?!

    22. Private Email

      Great work Shmee! Now you need to solve how Biden won the election.

    23. Teh angry bird 345

      The car may have had a glitch and the speedometer read the wrong speed, hey you never know

    24. Luyanda Nxumalo

      The Math adds up 280

      1. Jonas Larsson


    25. Luyanda Nxumalo

      🤔🤔🤔🤔 I don't know man

    26. Colin Harris

      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.

    27. Dan Smulders

      My 79 VW Rabbit just did 420mph, on rainbow road. Fight me if you don’t believe it.

    28. Pro Crastinator

      They redid that entire hwy in the last couple years- changed grades and all

      1. Pro Crastinator

        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.

      2. Dan Smulders

        @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.

      3. Pro Crastinator

        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.

      4. Pro Crastinator

        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

      5. Dan Smulders

        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?

    29. Nico C.

      Sorry. Bollocks. Complete. Full. Stop.

      1. Jonas Larsson

        It ran 250.

    30. GT3 rs

      Shmerlock 150

      1. Jonas Larsson

        It’s widely known it ran 250.

    31. handsome dan

      This is one of the best youtube channels on youtube, Shmee is a great man

    32. Hazim Salli

      ما نروملك المحلل 😂😂

    33. Tech Studio

      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

    34. spontane ous

      *Your faster than tuatara,,* 🗣🚀⚡

    35. Claud Reindl

      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!

      1. Ailsa Ni


    36. Roger Kőller

      What height did the Worldwide record take place

      1. Ailsa Ni

        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.

    37. Trader Lincoln Mitchell

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

    38. Trebor Sllaw

      I don't understand anything I heard here but I do feel smarter as if I'd stayed at an Holiday Inn Express now.

    39. Leo Mathlein

      Love this style of vid!

    40. soiung toiue

      lie until they couldn't.

      1. qopoy dnon

        They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

    41. MC Babinos

      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.

      1. kolim jone

        My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

    42. hyper 200 1

      Don't they have professional out there to make sure it true, I would like them to run another one to show

      1. qopoy dnon

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

    43. Philippe TANG

      Science biatch!

      1. soiung toiue

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

    44. Trev Logie

      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.

    45. Trev Logie

      Nice one, Tim!

    46. James Pugh

      Tim keep digging. Why these companies pay attention

    47. bcvbb hyui

      Trust an American car company to bring some of that Hollywood magic to the world record for production car top speed 🤩

    48. Joseph Richards

      Shmee is a man of integrity. No 1 should question him.

    49. AndyRhye

      Koenigsegg: 'STOP THE COUNT!'

    50. Martin Bevis

      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.

      1. bcvbb hyui

        "Because speed and time is relative"

    51. Charley Horse

      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.

    52. EAC Entertainment Channel

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

    53. Donvito Camote

      Guess it's not the only thing the US is faking this year

    54. Ailsa Ni

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

    55. 505197

      They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

    56. truegrite

      My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

    57. sehhi vooty

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

      1. Ailsa Ni

        Great investigative work Shmee, are you available to help the US media learn some investigative techniques and curiosity?

    58. nickacelvn

      Hi guys I'm Nick and NO is the answer we all came for. There I saved you 20 mins your welcome

    59. dart

      I love how the CEO of tuatarra looks EXACTLY like Christian Von Koenigsegg 😂

      1. B4silisk

        Fun fact: Ceo of SSC and Christian Von Koenigsegg actually know each other

      2. adam ali

        They look like brothers

    60. Kim Bryan Ysibido


      1. sehhi vooty

        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

    61. nemesis prime

      what is your engineering background?and why are you whining about this😂😂🤣

      1. Cyvan

        what is YOUR engineering background?and why are you commenting about this😂😂🤣

    62. Nunya Business

      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

    63. Oswal Hernández

      Who in their right mind will pull their deposit on a Bugatti to get into a not so relevant brand.

    64. Muhammad Ramadhan

      "Because speed and time is relative"

    65. ShionShinigami

      Awesome work, Shmee!!!

    66. TheGaminPowerhouse

      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

    67. guglje kurac

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

    68. bcvbb hyui

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

    69. gvelez389

      Great Scott! Could you imagine buying this hypercar 🤑 only to find it's not all that hyper🙍‍♂️

      1. Tim B

        Well, it’s Hyperbole

    70. Rock girl

      Shmee what have you done. Now you have to go into witness protection.

    71. Andrew Prichard

      The ceo called you out lol

      1. bcvbb hyui

        Just rename it the TRUMPatura. All good then.

    72. Bigmoguls

      Great investigative work Shmee, are you available to help the US media learn some investigative techniques and curiosity?

    73. Sahl Hafij

      UPDATE: They plane on doing another run.

    74. Alejandro González

      i think, SSC it's falling into the same problem as Devel's Sixteen...

      1. Rock girl

        SSC : In your face Bugatti . We're the record holder . Shmee : Oh really ?🤨 SSC : Oh Sh*t , run

    75. Dmitri Konnov

      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.

    76. xuartema

      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.

      1. Happytot10

        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...

      2. Cyvan

        ^ a good example of blatant ignorance, you are.

    77. CB Super-Bikes

      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?

    78. nakternal

      President Trump said it broke the record so it’s real. Case closed, Murica!

    79. Shaolin master

      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)

    80. Gary Shook

      Only the salty Europeans would try to find something wrong with anything the Americans do.

      1. Happytot10

        Coz the europeans actually had proof that they did it🤷‍♀️

      2. Cyvan

        because there is always something wrong with anything muricans do ;)

    81. AmeriGerman Garage

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

    82. ItalianDragon

      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.

    83. Dark 444

      Buggati crying in background

    84. qopoy dnon

      Tuataratuaratua: WE JUST BROKE THE WORLD RECORD SHMEE: Hold my Silver Spoon 👮🏼

    85. Blackline Transportation

      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.

    86. Jon Clarke

      Just rename it the TRUMPatura. All good then.

    87. Mr. P1

      I actually didn’t mentioned that but yes its not real

      1. qopoy dnon

        SSC: Super scammer company

    88. Mr Noh

      Acceleration is not linear, it got curves. An exponential profile

    89. balungile madiba

      SSC : In your face Bugatti . We're the record holder . Shmee : Oh really ?🤨 SSC : Oh Sh*t , run

    90. YUSKHAN

      AmeriKa can't built a decent car 😂😂😂 🇺🇸=💩💩💩

    91. Gods Desypl

      Disappointing if the calculations are all correct.

    92. Md Hm Sakil

      Ssc tuatara is not a car but a jet. Just with car body.

    93. Grizzly Reaper

      Why not ask his friends Ollie Web?

    94. segmentkings.com

      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

    95. iPlay


    96. Drone Flight

      I believe it because it would not be on the internet if it was not true

      1. Neovis Heng


    97. Jack Rees

      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 🤣🤣

    98. Aaron Glasser

      How can it always be going faster then its average speed? thats impossible

    99. ceerw buty

      Tuataratuaratua: WE JUST BROKE THE WORLD RECORD SHMEE: Hold my Silver Spoon 👮🏼

    100. 1337Turbogurke

      Maybe Earth is flat, thats why ? :)